February 16, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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The first WORKSHOP of 2014!!
(the venue is in Reading)
Using the excuse of learning how to draw a horse, let's find out which end of the pencil is the useful one...
That's what is all about: picking up tool, curiosity and gather together our confidence to see how is possible to organize lines and squiggles to actually became a good sketch. It is that simple, is just matter of practise! Come along and have fun together...
Starting from the very basic, we'll have a very quick chat about different papers and pencils but swiftly move on to how to use them... and I'll pester you with horses. Using pictures (and eventually videos?) to have a look at the subject at first, I'll try to drive your eye to understand the underlying structure and your hands to put it together on a piece of paper... is much easier than it sound once you'll see the process, that's why I'll be standing showing the key points. And here is the magic, not only for horses... I (ambitiously?) hope to give you a tool, a way to look at things that will allow you to adapt the "general frame" to a wide range of other animals.
Done that, is matter of shaping volumes around it and put light and shadows into the right place...
...and with this probably we'll have covered a good introduction about sketching in general and horses in particular ;-)
Within us there will be different levels of practise and experience about how to draw and sketch: I am far from be a professional, my aim here is share experiences with you all so if you feel you could give your hints and knowledge you're more than welcome to do so! The idea is to make it friendly and fun, playing and helping one each other to put hands on practise, take inspiration and gain that bit of new ideas to keep our creativity growing.
Please note this will be an indoor venue... There have been quite an enthusiasm about hanging around fields and sketch horses for real, but trust me, fields in this season are full of mud, horses are covered in rugs (plus mud) and sketching in the cold rain is not what I call an enjoyable experience. Let's leave the "in field" horsey workshop for a nicer season, we can come back to it this spring or summer!
About the time I was thinking about 2 to 5 pm? with a "coffee break"? All ideas and suggestions are welcome, post a comment for this or other ideas/advice/queries!!
Hope to see you there,