Welcome to CFSN Drawing Portofolio

About CFSN Drawing:

Personal thoughts about;

 

Drawing is the perfect way to impove the understanding of the draft. I use drawing to study line, composition, form, light/shadow and values. There is so much knowledge to learn by spending time actually trying to get better at interpetating what one is seeing.

 

Every idè wheather it`s a simple portrait, figure drawing or a composition can strenghten itself if a sketch is done before painting or even drawing. This is because one can solve problems mentally before painting or making drawing decisions.

 

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Drawing portraits and figures was the first thing I did. Little attention went to the teachers, but instead I drew all kind of things in my school books. Drawing was always a fun hobby.

 

I drew my first portrait in elementary school . I remembered the portrait in 9`th class and tried again. My interest for drawing got stronger and copied portraits from magazines. I kept on with this for some time, but the interest faded over the years. When I was three years in the art program at college I painted my first painting on canvas.

I followed the art at Voss Folkehøgskule and had made ​​a few more paintings. My interest in art grew and I was more introduced to stencils and streetart.

 

 

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Why drawing is important:

 

 

Why should you learn to draw ? Maybe drawing is in your interest or maybe its not. If you are interested in learning more about this draft, then you have a good starting point. If art is your interest, but you have not yet grasped the importance of drawing, you need to do some reflections about that point of view.

 

Let`s say the word art, and take a short discussion about the word, even if this is diffused and subjectively we can try to interpretate it! I`m not talking about what art is- but how to create it.

How can I collect the interest of different types of artists based one te hypothesis that drawing is important for all? Maybe you are an architect, draftsman, painter, sculptor or something else. We all have something in common as an idea to create something creative. A good way to plan any creatice project is by making a sketch of our visions and idèas.

 

Sketch- we have to go deeper into this word. I guess this happens with a pencil and paper. Some can use their experience from earlier works to know how their artwork will look like, however planning your work is never something bad. It is in the beginning stages your work can alter itself the most. Maybe we are thinking to much of a finished product, rather than paying attention to the beginning stages where something evolves the most.

Going into the basic of sketching one can sketch up simple lines to illustrate where different elements are to be. Your sketch or idèa starts in the simplest forms like drawing 4 lines to make a box that is going to be a room. Later comes the more details with interier design. Maybe you are drawing a portrait and you outline the shape of the head, later comes clearer features. No matter what you plan to do, there is a point to why we make sketches. It is to get a clearer view and a free hand to try out different things before actually making what we envisioned in the first place. The strenght of a sketch- or a beginning stage in any kind of drawing is the freedom to move things around. It is while moving things around that the impression of your thougths gets closer.

 

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Drawing and Painting

 

 

Not only is drawing important to prepare a conceptual design. Drawing is important to define and understand consept as line, value, light and shadow. When it comes to paint, there are two concepts that are important; hue and value. Hue perhaps the easiest to understand, tells what color it is. Value tells us about what the gradient within the hue is. It is easier to grasp weather something is blue or red. As a child we could only grasp hue and picked the color that we saw to describe the object. As an artist, we have to understand more than 1 color in itself. We have to understand the values within a hue and how different hues can interact and create an alteration of color. All this has to be done in a convincing way while also considering the light turning over objects. It gets even more complicated when we try to draw something 3-dimentional on a 2 dimentional paper.

Why drawing is beneficial before learning painting is easy; removing charcoal or pencil is easier than paint.. I rest my case.

 

This was a short introduction to the problems that you will encounter while drawing or painting. In my opinion, you can either spend years trying to paint and not understand shit, or you can get back to basic and learn by drawing. That was a good tip from my own experience. While spending years trying to paint I did not understand why my painting did`nt get better. The paint continued to be applied without making any sense to make the painting better. When using the word better, I mean my understanding of hue, value, light and shadow. This is what i did`nt understand at the time and my frustration was going through the roof. You can either call it lack of knowledge and experience, or artist frustration. One day I decided to stop painting because there was to much not understood. I put down my painting brush, that at the time was painting two big paintings at 120cm x 80cm. My thought was to learn why I did`nt get better and then continue painting. Theese two paintings are still in my closet 3 years later. My understanding has grown to understand that learing this draft was far more intense and difficult than expected. There are so many rooms for improvement and learning that it feels like standing in the sea only seeing the blue but looking for an island.

Portrait drawings

 

Drawing of Keith Richards and Johnny Cash; 2015

Photographer: Mark Seliger

Drawing by CFSN

About CFSN portrait drawing:

Drawing portraits was one of the first things I really tried to draw. During youth years there was a lot of drawings of Pokemon, Diddle and everyother cartoon person. Maybe it was a coincidence that portrait drawing came to me. I always used to read a magazines in my youth with a lot of portraits and posters in it. It was always great photography portraits with clear details and resolution. I used to stare at people pictures for hours. The best part of the magazine was that it always came with 2 posters of portraits. It was both figurative pictures and portraits. It was mostly portraits that caught my attention. It was a portrait picture of Orlando Bloom that one day caught the attention. I took up the pencil and found some paper in a sketchbook. My first portrait was far from a masterpiece, but it was a start. It was my start that many years later would lead to interest in academic drawing.

 

My first portraits were simple. They simply illustrate totally lack of knowlegde and that`s totally fine. No not fine- perfect! We all are like this. Your picture will be a something simple of lines and an effort of values. It`s interesting to look at previous drawn images to see how one is deloping. Actually, this is very important for improvement. It can boost your self-confident to see how drawings develop and can get better over time.

When making portraits and figure drawing, I sometimes re-draw thema year after to see if there is any improvements. Sometimes it`s worse than before if there is a lack of practice over time. This is actually very interesting with drawing when the skills needs maintainance to be at the same level or go further. By keeping previous sketches one get very easy see if more practice is needed and if the mental work of improing is going anywhere.

Figure Drawing

I was first introduced to figure drawing when I was 16. The drawing session lasted for 2 hours in my arts and crafts lessons in High School. My figure drawing looked really bad.. Unfortunately we were left to our own knowledge and interpetation that was close to nothing. The result was an attempt of a figure drawing, a lot of frustration and a bad memory.

At the age of 23 I came to Florence Academt of Art. There was figure drawing 3 hours every week day and evening classes. It was an intense course, but necessary for trial and error. The course had highly experienced teachers who worked good with constructive critique. I learned more about understanding how to draw and reflect upon making decisions about line, form, gesture and values. The brutaly honesty of teachers critique knocked down your lines, form and value almost every day- and that`s just what was necessary. Teachers learned you to understand what they saw and how you could learn to see in the same way.

 

As mentioned above I use figure drawings to keep my drawing hand good. That may not make too much sence, but let`s try an explanation. Imagine if you draw figures every day for 3 weeks. During that period there will be an improvement. Now let`s say that the drawing pencil rests for the next 2 weeks. What probably will happend, is that the first figure drawing after the rest looks less good than the last you did after 3 weeks continuous drawing. Some likes to express that their hand feels rusty. Meaning one has to train up hand again.

I have a theory that the mind needs to practise theese figures to maintain its knowledge. It has something to do with eye- hand coordination. Or maybe eye-brain-hand coordination. Your eye sees the object and your brain needs to process the informations and give right instructions to your hand. This is like training the muscles to work together. Drawing is in a sense training and needs to be practised and maintained.

More about Figure drawing:

 

 

A figure drawing contains the human form. The point is trying to capture its various shapes and postures. The term can also refer to the act of producing such a drawing. This can be done from observing a live model, from a photograph or from imagination. A figure drawing may be a composed work of art or a figure study done in preparation for a more finished work such as a painting.

The drawing can vary from a sketch to a highly detailed study. A figure drawing may be a composed work of art or a figure study done in preparation for another work like a painting. There are challenges like anatomically correct renderings to loose and expressive sketches. You can choose to focus about line, values, shape, form, gesture, pose etc. There are many challenges and every figure is different from eachother. Every new pose needs a fresh eye and good focus so that the figure gets understood. One thing is to know what you see, but all your thoughts and knowledge has to come together on the paper.

 

There are 4 keywords to always have in mind: Proportions- Body type - Gesture - Line

 

Figure drawing may be the most difficult subject an artist encounters. The human figure is one of the most enduring themes in the visual arts. The human figure can be the basis of portraiture, illustration, sculpture, medical illustration etc.

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