“There is only one right way to draw and that is a perfectly natural way. It has nothing to do with artifice or technique. It has nothing to do with aesthetics or conception. It has only to do with the act of correct observation, and by that I mean a physical contact with all sorts of objects through all the senses.” —Kim Nicolaides, The Natural Way to Draw
As a drawing coach, one of my greatest thrills is seeing students smile as they revel in pure, honest sketching from life. I enjoy nudging each student to the next level of exploration and discovery in finding their own confident, natural way to draw.
After nearly a year of studies in core skills, Fiona confidently stepped out the studio door to do her very first real-life urban sketch of a nearby winery facility, shown in the above pic. Notice how she emphasized the building in the foreground and used lighter lines and color washes for the trees in the distant background, creating depth in her sketch.
It’s always fun to feast on new drawing techniques and media, especially when Drawing Lab students bring a guest to the table…