Point and Line
The clear outlines of a flower, a chair or a tree are made visible by drawing lines. Shadows, for example, in a mountain landscape, or strong wrinkles in a face can be represented by the line and the point without any shading. In the area of contemporary art, borders are blurred, but the line is the typical characteristic of a drawing done in modern non-representational style.
When smudging, a hatched area is blurred with a finger or a wipe tool. This makes it possible to create very smooth surfaces and tone gradients. Becoming for smudging is charcoal - it can be blurred easily. Pencils and crayons are suitable for this drawing technique too. Ink, on the other hand, cannot be blurred.
Scumbling is the technique of applying a very thin amount of paint using a stiff-bristled brush. The result is a textured effect which leaves some of the underpainting exposed.
Alla prima, or wet on wet, refers to a direct style of painting where the paint is applied without letting earlier layers dry. Artists, using this technique, can finish paintings often in as little as a single session. Alla prima painting was practiced by many of the impressionist masters, as it allowed them to capture the elusive light as quickly as possible.
Chiaroscuro is Italian for "light-dark". In drawing and painting, it refers to the balance of light and dark in the artwork.
Oil paint is one of the most commonly used types of paint. This type of paint has its color pigments embedded in oil. This can be any type of oil such as linseed, walnut or sunflower oil.
Pastels are easy to use outside the studio. Oil-based pastels can be thinned and blended with turpentine or scraped off to reveal colors underneath (technique, known as sgraffito).
Watercolor paint is assumed to first have been used by the Egyptians, on papyrus. After that, this technique was employed in China and only later, during the times of the Renaissance - in Europe. Nowadays watercolour paint is a very popular medium.
Designers Draw aims to develop art through education, exhibition, and a stimulating, supportive environment. The ingredient that will be present in each of our classes is the passion to excite, motivate, and inspire others to find true joy in expressing life through painting.Mo Cheng