Learning to draw and paint

The Dangers of Comparing

I have taught art for many years and realise that it should be a personal journey,  one of the joys of the subject to teach is that nobody’s work is the same.  It is a great shame when learners start comparing their work to others and in many cases it steals all the joy and creativity out of the work, so why do we do it?

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What are Ellipses?

Ellipses are notoriously difficult to represent but I can share a few tips that can help make them easier.  An ellipse is a collapsed circle and we have to draw and paint them often in still life.  Jugs, vases, cups, mugs, bowls all have ellipses.

The way we see the collapsed circle depends on where our eyes are:

Ellipses from different viewpoints
Ellipses from different viewpoints

Take notice of where your eyes are, are you looking down on the ellipse, is it at eye level or above?

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