Thursday, July 12, 2012

Before and After

Below are some snap shots of 'before' and 'after' drawings from some of last years students.  During the first class students draw their self portraits having no previous instruction. The second sketch is the same student's self portrait, drawn on their last day of class.  Here are the results!  (Click on the photos to view them at a larger sizer and higher quality)

 (I apologize for the poor quality of ALL these photos, the original drawing was scanned with an average home scanner, which was running out of toner and thus created blotchy spots on some of the copies.  Then I took photos of the scans with my little 'point and shoot' camera... so they lack the crispness and clarity of the original drawings, but you can at least get an idea of the difference in skill levels at the beginning of the year versus the end) :)

These first 3 are from a few of my high school students.  2 had never had any drawing lessons, and 1 had enjoyed drawing as a hobby for fun.

Here are some of my middle and junior high students before and after portraits...

(Again, apologies for the photo quality!  I tried to improve this next batch by photographing the scans individually then creating a collage, it helped a little. :-/ )

As you can see all the students display a marked improvement in their ability to draw realistically, to capture a good likeness of their subject (themselves!), and in adding texture, tone, detail, and shading.  They all had varying degrees of drawing ability when they began, and all of them honed their skills, some a little and some quite a lot.  I helped equip them with the tools they need to get over the notion that 'drawing is hard' or that 'some people are naturally talented and others just can't draw'.  That is not true... some people do seem to intuitively know how to draw realistically, the rest of us just need to be shown the right way to see along with some helpful techniques and we can all draw fairly well.  Any one can draw beautifully if they take the time to learn and practice.     ;)

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