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09-02-2011 02:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: how to draw drawing learn how to draw

I want to learn how to draw better because I believe that it will improve my woodworking and my wood carving skills. I have found this one site. This is a free course however he also has more advanced courses that he sales. Is anyone familiar with this site? Does anyone know of a better site?

Does anyone know of a better site? It could be a community type thing. If I’m going to spend my time trying to learn how to draw well I don’t mind paying a reasonable monthly fee for a really good web site that teaches people how to draw.

Anyways, do any of you know of a really good how to draw web site?


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 02:47 PM

sorry charlie

not since they got rid
of the ‘draw me’ book matches

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 03:14 PM

David, I must have missed those. How did they work? Do you mean as in gun slinging – that sort of thing? In other words who can light their cigar the fastest sort of thing?

BTW, I joined that Tole painting web site. I think there are about 95% women on there – maybe more. They’ve got the web site set up like a little town. Teddy Bears, flowers, and angels all over the place. The Good Lord got my wife for me and she has been trying to tame and civilize me for 40 years. I figure that He must have gotten Sheila and Lew to send me over there to to Tole Town so that my wife would get some help from the women over there. You know that I’ll have to try to mind my manners over there better than I do here. Of course I’m using my helluvawreck handle and good old Dusty, my part Chow, part German Shepherd for my avatar. He was the best dog I ever had. He was the plant watchdog for about 12 years and mostly stayed with me at the plant machine shop. He had the roam of the whole plant at night but always met me at the door of the plant when I came in every morning. God how I love that old dog. It broke my heart when I lost him.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 03:14 PM

Good Mornin Helluva!

We must be on the same path. I was thinking the same thing and the best thing I’ve found is the community college here offers art courses that are pretty reasonable if you are not pursuing a degree. You might want to look there. I got the book yesterday that you carved the lion out of, I hope I do as well as you. Also I highly recommend Mary Mays DVD’s on carving ( Learned a bunch from those.

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 03:26 PM

Best and fastest way to learn drawing is to learn what gestural drawing is. I learned early on that I had a gift to draw and design so, I took a degree program as an undergrad in fine art – - not the path I recommend for prospective college kids! I think your local community college or adult learning programs will have a drawing class and that’s where you can get a quick primer in gestural drawing. That’s what connects your brain with your eyes and hands. It will take some work but, you’ll get to your goal and you’ll gain confidence fast! If you look at my clocks, all of those designs are hand drawn. I don’t use CAD and I don’t have plans – - – just me and a pencil, gestural drawings and some basic tools! And, I learned that discipline in a single drawing class at a community college. Good luck.. Max

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 03:32 PM

Hey, Stevie, I appreciate that link. Those really look good. You know, those remind me of the Nora Hall videos the way they are packaged and all. Nora Hall’s videos are suppose to be good also.

You know what Stevie? When I went to that Nora Hall web site I just noticed that Nora Hall died just this year. She was a great wood carver. She carved after the European tradition and I believe that her father might have been a master carver in Europe. This Mary May may have been studying under Nora Hall or affiliated in some way with her. I’ll look into it.

The best way to learn woodcarving is to learn from a master woodcarver. However, that wood cost a fortune. I’ll just have to learn the best I can from books, videos, and web sites but mostly by carving with my tools on my on. That’s all I can afford to do. I don’t have time to take a drawing course in a community college. I can draw pretty well but I would like to learn a lot more about it. Same with drawing – just have to learn it from books, videos, and web sites but mostly by drawing. Learn by doing is not a bad way to learn anything.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 03:38 PM

Charles, I appreciate your advice and will look into the gestural drawing. I’ll also definitely take a look at your clocks. Thanks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 04:13 PM

Grizz- Here are a few I found. Cannot vouch for any of them. Most people say the only thing I can draw are flies.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 09-02-2011 04:33 PM

Do a GOOGLE IMG search for the Subject you want…
Find a picture you like, capture it, print it (after changing size, etc.), trace it, carve it… etc…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 09-02-2011 04:43 PM

Joe, in everything that I have read about woodcarving nearly everyone that I have read says if you learn how to draw well it will help you tremendously in your wood carving. After woodcarving for six months now I would have to agree. Secondly, it would also be nice to develop your own original patterns. Anyways, learning how to draw can’t do anything but help.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 09-02-2011 04:45 PM

Lew, have you ever looked at a fly under a microscope? They are pretty complex creatures. If can draw flies I would say that you can draw pretty good. ;-|

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 04:49 PM

I was thinking community college art classes as well….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 09-02-2011 04:59 PM

Wayne, a college class might be the best way but I work every day 10 hours except for Friday I get off at 3:30 instead of 5:00. I go to bed at 9:00 or 10:00 PM and I get up at 4:00 AM. I come home from work dirty from working on machinery and in the shop. Under my schedule and considering my age is 61, going to night school is not practical. Besides, I’m not trying to learn how to draw as well as an artist would just well enough to make some patterns, sketch out some ideas, and visualize the correct depths to put into a woodcarving. After all of that, college is not cheap.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 09-02-2011 05:13 PM

I agree that your theory that learning to draw would improve your woodwork. To draw involves teaching
your body and eye to form and judge curves and reality, then you transfer from a pencil to a tool and do
same thing with wood. I am trying to do the same thing, except I have more time, but I seem to find
more distractions also, but I am having fun and not annoying anyone too much. Good luck with your
search, and it sounds like your wife and mine have a lot in common as far as putting up with us and
trying to smooth out all the rough edges. Please let us/me know if you find a good source for learning
to draw.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 09-02-2011 05:34 PM

Gus, what would we do without our wives? I’d be lost. There’s no telling where I’d be or what I’d be doing.

Take a look at this one . I skimmed through it a good ways and I would say that it’s not a terrible one. The guy also sells dvd’s. I’m hoping that somebody here on LJs knows of a real good place on the internet. That was my reason for posting this.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 09-03-2011 02:29 AM

I used to teach drawing, and like to draw my self.
My first words to my students were ‘to draw is to sit on your butt and do it’!
This means there are no shortcuts, the key is to draw.
I always started with something small, a handle, then a door, then a facade and at the end perspective, in this way the students was able to see that they got better and the job was never too big.
I also think that drawing after model is really some of the best, I did it the last two years again after live model, but there are two sites I can recomend.
This one is with a computer model and you set the timer, I change between 30 sec and 5 minutes, it might seem stressing, but the point is that you train the eye in catching the important curves and let go of the thinking. Never mind if you finsh but try and draw all at the same level.
This is a collection of model photos to draw from, remember to tell the wife what you are doing so you will not be in trouble when she catch you completely focused looking at nakid woman on the web…
The more you draw the better you get, kind of like wood working…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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