Apr 20 2012
As a self-confessed color junkie, I’ve pondered the question of why pencil? Was I just a chicken? That’s all water under the bridge, and now I am just accepting the fact of 13 years of drawing with a late start to oil and mural painting.
It ain’t all bad!
Drawing in pencil helped me develop several areas of skill. The subject has been covered very thoroughly here and here. Since I like lists, here is a list of the benefits of learning to draw well before learning to paint.
- Drawing teaches perspective. That is how things look distant or close.
- Drawing teaches proportion. That is how one size relates to another.
- Drawing forces an understanding of values. That is the darks and lights.
- Drawing teaches composition. That is the way things are arranged on a page or canvas
If I hadn’t learned to draw first, it would have taken me much longer to learn how to paint. Not saying I know how to paint well, just saying that I’m grateful to have had all those years of drawing first!
Meanwhile, have a look at this California artist’s pencil and oil renderings of oranges. You can see that the pencil picture has more precision and detail – needs it, because there is no color. Someone said recently “Values do all the work, but color gets all the credit!” True, but I think detail does a ton of work too.
Washington Navels, graphite, sold
One of the 100+ oil paintings of oranges so far, sold