In about a month the schools have started again, and so will the Drawing and Illustrating Courses in Berlin.
I offer on Mondays a course for children in the afternoon and one for adults in the evening (both in German). You can also do a course Online when that suits you better.
Online is more flexible, of course, as you are not committed to the Mondays.
And if you live in nowhere or somewhere far away from Berlin than an Online Drawing and Illustrating Course might be just the thing for you.
My many years of experience with drawing and illustrating as well as with teaching Drawing I have collected in a book. I can not tell you when I started this lesson book as that is really a long time ago, but I finished it end of last year (2013).
It is printed on a good quality paper, in full colour and ringbinded so you can leave the book open on your table. It contains 100 pages full of illustrations, instructions, ideas and inspiration.
I always thought that lesson books are meant to be complicated and difficult to understand so that one gets the feeling of learning something worth while.
How to start and when to finish a drawing
You´d think that the hard bit is the actual drawing you do,
but often it is the beginning and the end of a drawing that can be the biggest challenge.
What will be the purpose of your drawing, what will you draw and how will you start?
For instance, my nieces are doing their school exams and I would like to send them a card with a drawing for when they have finished.
I ride my bike and think. I do the dishes and think. I sit in the sun and think.
It is not so much thinking even, it feels more like daydreaming where ideas are floating around in my head and slowly I get a picture of what my drawing should look like.
Bringing shine and glitter in your drawings
For this christmas card I filled in the top row of little dots of the dresses with a golden pen and I put a dash of golden glitterglue in each little dot of the bottom rows.
I show you here a detail of the girls but in a photo you can not see as well how it shines of course. Anyway, it changed a nice card into a very festive card.
Some drawings and images, like the one shown here, would look really nice too with a dash of glitter and shine.
Finishing your drawing with a little help from photoshop
When you have made a drawing or illustration, you can scan it in your computer.
Here are some reasons why you might want to do this;
- Your average drawing won´t be bigger that an A4 size, so it will fit nicely in your scanner.
- As soon as you have scanned your drawing, your have a copy, or two, or three, as many as you like. And you can send it in one click to anyone in the world!
- When you look at your drawing on the computerscreen, you can see a lot more detail than you could ever see with your naked eye.
For most hobbies and occupations you need to invest money in a lot of things and often also space.
- For drawing you need a few things; paper and pencils. An eraser and a sharpener can come in handy too, and coloured pencils to brighten it all up.
- You don´t need a fancy desk or office space. A kitchen table next to the window is a good place to draw. You can also draw in a train, a plane, outside, etc. I can´t think of a place where you couldn´t draw, really.