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20171231  | articles

External links

From this point on I'd like to share interesting or helpful things found on the internet too.

You'll recognise External links by the little border under the pin, blue links click you outside of this page.

The Cowboy Hávamál, The wisdom of Odin, in the voice of the Old West.

201712 renewed interest | sketchbook articles

I've discovered a new interest in drawing, from the beginning:

How to hold the pencil, How to sharpen. Kwastjes schoonmaken met zeepje in de hand. Van demo's (video) kun je veel leren, let goed op hoe hij het potlood vasthoud. Kleine dingen zijn niet altijd vanzelfsprekend.

Improvised drawing easel

There are creative alternatives if you don't have an easel to work at. Tape your drawing to a large closet or door, the wall if you want. I've been using a drawing board: clip your paper to a wooden board and lean it against your desk.

The dexterity exercises from Peter Han's dynamic sketching, but done standing. Tiring! simple things like point to point / warming up becomes difficult again.

Drawing standing up allows for a greater range of motion. Draw from your whole arm, not just your wrist, this gives you more freedom to work and it'll be easier to get large flowing lines.

20170805  | articles

The Best Way to Learn Something?
Make a Lot of Pots.

20170804 Gesture | articles figure

VHS Lecture Video Clip

A short clip from Glenn Vilppu's lecture. Gestures are the most important foundation lesson on how to get a drawing started properly.

The line you can draw through the shoulders is often mirrored in the line through the hips creating a < or a > shape.

20170803 2016 sock ball | articles figure

Somewhere vilppu mentioned this very clever trick: Imagine your ribcage as a sphere and your hips as a square, this will show you how to draw twists in the body.

Similar article here: How to Simplify the Motion of the Torso – The Bean

20170802 Vilppu's box forms | articles figure

Vilppus box forms

Use box shapes to build on your gesture drawings, place forms in 3d space and help "clarify the action of the figure that we are drawing"

20170800 older work | articles sketchbook

After some time away from studies, getting back on track is going to be a bit tricky.
it's time to re-evaluate; what I was working on before, to see what's important now still, and then from there it will be easier to figure out what steps to take next.

Putting older work online
will hopefully motivate me to drown it in new, better work.

20170730 hier heb ik besloten; ik begin overnieuw (en jammer dat ik dit niet eerder heb gedaan). | articles

this is awful, while looking through old files, found the same words like these that you are reading now: i've tried to learn how to draw before too. 2014, 2016.

why would this time be any different?
was as serious then as I am now

Best to set aside any pride & accept where I am (not great), I’m starting over, again, from the beginning.

The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.

Sketchbooks are fun to look back on. I'ts motivating to see how you’ve improved. One of the reasons why i even keep a blog at all, and it's funny, because right now, it’s more like showing you
that if you don’t practice
you don’t improve
at all

20170714 Belgium Plaster Cast | articles

Afgietselwerkplaats, Museum of Art and History Brussels.

From the blog of James Gurney:

Most art schools once had large plaster cast collections, but many destroyed them in the wanton orgy of iconoclasm of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The cast collection belonging to Vassar College in New York State (seen intact above) was a typical sad story. The director of the Art program, Agnes Clafin, ordered the destruction of the collection in the 1940s arguing that casts were no longer useful in teaching, and that “this was a time to innovate, to bring Vassar up to speed.” Only a few casts at Vassar escaped annihilation.

20170713 Belgium | photography


Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal Antwerpen, Rubens, De kruisoprichting


Interesting how, if you pay attention, you can build a folder of interesting details and reference material using only the camera on your mobile phone.

2017 diy pinhole attempt 1 | photography

Diy Pinhole camera

Deze werkt niet, poging 2 ging een stuk beter

Internal measurements are lifted from this beautiful RealitySoSubtle 6×17 camera. On his website you can buy laser drilled pinholes too.

An afga donor-camera solves the film transport. For a while it looked like it would work! Somehow this thing pulls the film tight an then rips and breaks and buckles your negatives.

Disappointing, but at least I've learnt some woodworking

On hold for now