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Old 01-11-2007, 12:49 AM
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Basic 102 - Class 9 - Skies & Clouds

When Jay D asked me to instruct a landscape class here at Wetcanvas, I was excited for the opportunity. Over the past few years, I have visited here many times to use the Drawing 101 Classes and I am honored to contribute to them!

WHO AM I? An Introduction

For those of you who many not be familiar with me or my work – I am Diane Wright. In 2002, I picked up my art pencil again after 20+ years. I have a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the University of Northern Iowa. During this break, I devoted my time to my family and building a career. My children are now grown and it's now time for me to explore my arts again!! I live with my husband, Les, in the small town of Mitchellville, Iowa.

I work full time as an IT Manager and have a part-time art business. I keep busy doing commissions, selling artwork on my website www.dianewrightfineart.com, providing printing services for graphite artists and creating on-line tutorials. I am also looking into conducting local drawing workshops this summer.

This past year I was contracted by Walter Foster Publishing company to write a drawing instruction book. It is a tremendous opportunity that has been a great experience. The book is scheduled to be released in June 2007.

But that is enough about me!

Let's talk about drawing landscapes....
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A Bit of Art History

Drawing Landscapes in Pencil??

Why would anyone want to draw landscapes in pencil? Aren’t they boring in black & white? My answer to that is an emphatic “ABSOLUTELY NOT!” The subject matter is endless and black & white imagery has a timeless quality to it. Landscapes can be just as dramatic as any other subject matter. Adding elements of atmosphere or dramatic weather conditions can add even more to them.

FIELD TRIP – A Trip through History in Landscape Artwork
Landscapes has been a subject matter for artists through out the past few centuries. Let’s take a field trip through some of the most influential artists:

Dutch Baroque Era - Johannes Vermeer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:J..._Delft_001.jpg

English Romantic Artist - John Constable
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Constable

American Scene Painters
Ashcan School – New York City – Urbanscapes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashcan_School
Robert Henri
Edward Hopper

Hudson River School - dramatic landscape painting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_school
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Cole

Contemporary Realist - Andrew Wyeth
http://www.andrew-wyeth-prints.com/inspirations.html

FIELD TRIP - Current GRAPHITE LANDSCAPE Artists:

Here are just a few excellent graphite artists who use landscapes as subject matters. You may recognize a few of these artists….
Barbara Fedeler - http://www.olsonlarsen.com/artists.c...&artist_id=714
Nolon Stacey - www.nolonstacey.com
Mike Sibley - www.sibleyfineart.com
Ryan Jacques - http://www.ryanjacque.com
Craig Carlson - http://www.ccarlsonart.com/wildlifea...s/pencils.html
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Goals of Class

Drawing Basics
I will be making some assumptions that you understand drawing basics. If you need some refreshers – please refer to previous Drawing 101 Classes. I will be explaining and demonstrating how drawing basics apply to landscapes as we go through this series of classes.

Goal of this Landscape Class Series

Many artists are intimidated with landscapes. I hear from many artists that they don’t know where to even start. Through this series of lessons, we are going to tackle each element of nature in a separate lesson.

We will explore each topic slowly, keep the lessons simple and through step-by-step instructions, we will learn how to draw each component of a landscape.

Here are the elements we are going to learn to draw:
Skies & Clouds
Rocks
Water
Trees
Composition and Putting it All Together

So let’s get started with our first lesson!!!
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Skies & Clouds

Start by just looking up.

Ever since a fellow artist challenged me to include a sky in one of my drawings, I have been keeping my mind in the clouds. I am continually amazed at the beauty of just looking up in the sky! Over the past couple of years, I have been learning the importance of toning the sky and adding clouds as part of overall compositional improvement in my landscapes. I think I could spend hours and hours fiddling with each puff of white!

Start looking up to the sky and observe cloud formations. Take photos of clouds and you will be amazed at what you will start to “see”!

What’s the purpose of a sky?

Is it important to put a sky in? There isn’t any clouds in the sky so why should I shade it? I use to think this and if you visit my website, you will see many of my earlier works did not include a toned sky. For a long time I didn’t even “see” tone in the sky. It wasn’t until recently that I realized the impact of adding a toned sky to the overall landscape.

Here are some of the things a toned sky will do for your drawing:

1) Broadens the range of tones available in your drawing. The white of the paper can now represent the highlights only.
2) Creates uniformity to your drawing composition
3) Adds an additional sense of reality to your landscape.
4) Adds atmosphere and sets the ‘mood’ of the scene.

Here is a drawing done to illustrate the importance of a toned sky and why the sky/clouds should be considered in the overall compositional study of any landscape.

I have chosen to a very simple scene with a white barn. My only variable in the three drawings is the inclusion of a sky and clouds.

The first image is a drawing without a sky. The drawing is very stark and the sky (the white of the paper) is competing with the white of the barn.

The second image is much better by adding a toned sky. The white barn is now the focal point as the toned sky accentuates and brings the entire scene together much better.

The third image incorporates a toned sky as well as including clouds. The clouds add depth to the scene as the clouds recede into the distance. They also create a visual directional flow for the viewer. The clouds lead the eye through the drawing and add interest as well.
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Cloud Formations and Cloud Types

- Stratus - Wispy light clouds
- Cumulus – white puffy…cottony
- Dramatic – rain clouds - thunderheads
- Back lit clouds - sunsets

TIPS:

- Skies are lighter at the horizon and go darker as you go up the sky
- Clouds use perspective – smaller and tighter the farther in the distance they are
- Unless the sky is the central part of the drawing, light wispy or under-stated clouds work well
- Use clouds to lead the viewer through your landscape
- Clouds have form and are 3 dimensional – they just don’t have any lines are hard edges
- The more dramatic clouds – the darker the base tone should be (this allows more range of tones)


Drawing Materials:
This is a very specific list of the materials that I use. Substitutions can certainly be used. Experimentation and adjustments are expected to customize these techniques to your style of drawing.

- .5 mm Mechanical Pencils F and 2H lead
- Chamois
- Tortillion - small
- Blu-Tack
- White plastic eraser
- Small Ruler or T-square
- Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board
- Make-up brush

DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE:
The following tutorial is available on my website and can be downloaded in .pdf format.
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 9 - Skies & Clouds

4 Steps - Drawing a Sky with Clouds:

STEP 1 - CROSS-HATCHING

I use a loose-hold hand position when creating the cross-hatching. I find the just weight of the pencil on the paper will create pencil strokes that are light and consistent.

I cross-hatch 3 layers of graphite onto my paper using the F lead. The first layer is placed horizontal on the surface, the next two layers are diagonal.
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 9 - Skies & Clouds

Wow, very well done Diane. I'm sorry I can't jump in here at the start of things. I'm in a large project mess at the moment. I hope to join in at a later date though. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Re: Basic 102 - Class 9 - Skies & Clouds

Looks like fun already, will work on assignment and post in the afternoon. Really looking forward to this, Diane, glad to meet you.
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 9 - Skies & Clouds

Hi Dianne :-) this class looks exciting!!! very thorough and well explained thankyou!!!
It couldnt have come at a better time as my back has given out and i have to take a break from my commissions and lie flat on my back.. but this will be something i can work on with a clip board im looking forward to getting started!!!!
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 9 - Skies & Clouds

Wonderful tutorial, thank you so much for all the work this must have required. I hope to be able to have a go at this over the weekend.

This thread is certainly worthy of a five-star rating!
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Thanks Dave this has to be a first normally im lagging behind lol....
I had another go.. i am going to practice more tomorrow.. its getting late here now... but i think lots of practice is in order lol.... im so out of my element with no fur to draw anywhere lol
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I'm back been hung up doing ROCKS I could do them for hours.

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Hi Diane,
Stepped into this class, because I really have problems with clouds, this looks like it could help me. I'll give it a shot, and post my results.
One question though, On Step 3- What is a "blu tak", please forgive me
for being ignorant. Thanks, looks like this may help, will start it tomarrow!
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ok this is harder than i thought lol..... im going to love this class though as landscapes so don't come natural to me lol....
i have never drawn with these grade pencils so im not sure if i did it dark enough..
hmm my main question so far is.. when you draw the clouds should you have a light source direction worked out?
ok here is my first attempt... i will def keep practicing tomorrow!!! i think i need lots of practice lol
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Re: Basic 102 - Class 9 - Skies & Clouds

Well done for being the first! The sky looks nice and smooth. My guess would be that light source direction would be important; at least, that's what I've been told in watercolour class!

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ok this is harder than i thought lol..... im going to love this class though as landscapes so don't come natural to me lol....
i have never drawn with these grade pencils so im not sure if i did it dark enough..
hmm my main question so far is.. when you draw the clouds should you have a light source direction worked out?
ok here is my first attempt... i will def keep practicing tomorrow!!! i think i need lots of practice lol
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