Drawing on Nature

Early in our development, we visual artists must study materials and methods and work diligently to master the craftsmanship required within this demanding discipline. In fact, the more we’re in control of the materials and methods of art making, the greater the likelihood that we’ll be able to create meaningful art with a personal message. For the representational artist, drawing continues to be the foundation for addressing perceptual and conceptual activity that will lead to good, convincing art. With sound drawing ability, the artist will be able to communicate personal thoughts and feelings into a visual form. The importance of developing drawing skills cannot be overstated: Drawing and the understanding of form are two of the most important parts of the act of visually interpreting the world around us. Developing observational and drawing skills is a never-ending search for expanded knowledge. Nature will always provide a new lesson to be learned.

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