Tag Archives: negative space

17 Sep 2014
sketchbook examples
Improve your sketchbook ideas

Great news once more! Our 'Idea and sketchbook development' at Off the Rails Arthouse in Ladybank is running again in November 2014 due to the success of the previous workshops in July and October last year.

Individuality of ideas or even just generating art sketchbook ideas and what to work from can be a real problem when creating artwork. Once you've decided what you are going to work on there also comes that really scary question of 'what I am I going to do with it?'

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7 Aug 2014
Julie Read Portfolio Oomph
6 ways to help improve your drawing

I've heard it so many times "but I just CAN'T draw". If you want to improve your drawing skills, read on.

It's almost like someone has resigned themselves to not being able to draw or believes that you either can draw or you can't. I don't believe that anyone can't draw, learn how to draw or improve their drawing skills. It is a skill and like any skill it can be learnt. Being creative is perhaps someone a little more complex and I can understand more why some believe they aren't very creative. However, there are still ways that creativity can be encouraged and nurtured rather than just accepting that you're not a creative person.

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7 Mar 2014
Goldilocks and the 3 bears Christian Jackson
Children’s classic tales poster designs

As a parent of a 5 year-old I was so excited to come across these beautiful poster illustrations of children's classic tales by Christian Jackson. The simplicity and effectiveness of the design and composition is wonderful and demonstrates that simple clean lines can sometimes offer so much than complex cluttered design in some scenarios.

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5 Dec 2013
Life drawing for art college portfolios
Life drawing classes in Midlothian

We are delighted to be able to offer life drawing in Midlothian in the new year. Having spent a bit of time liaising with the schools we have now finalised our classes which will be taking place at the new Lasswade High School Centre.

We've talked about life drawing and how it can be a great addition to any art portfolio for art college but it is not essential. However, if you enjoy it or have never done it before and can get to class then by all means get on down there and get drawing.

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22 Nov 2013
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Life drawing classes in East Lothian

Life drawing can be a great addition to any art portfolio for art college but it is not essential. If you enjoy it and can get to class then by all means get on down there and get drawing. If not, don't worry, but find some other way to demonstrate your strong drawing skills in your portfolio.

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30 Aug 2013
Life drawing for art college
Portfolio development workshops in East Lothian

We have some excellent news that we will running our portfolio development workshops again for school pupils in East Lothian. It is aimed at any school pupil in the East Lothian  Council schools who wants to apply to art college or is studying art at higher or advanced higher level to improve their portfolio ideas.

We had some great successes from last years group, places being offered to participants at Glasgow School of Art, Gray's School of Art, Heriot Watt University, Falmouth University and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

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6 Nov 2012
Drawing skills exploration
The art of drawing with Portfolio Oomph

One of the most important parts of your portfolio and sketchbooks will be demonstrating your skills through the art of drawing. What images do you create in your mind when you think of drawing? I would say you'll be thinking of good representational drawings of objects, places or people possibly? Maybe something like these? (more…)

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5 Oct 2012
Michael Porter drawings
Drawing and sketchbook videos

We discovered 2 videos from the BBC this week on sketchbooks whilst writing our eCourse on Drawing skills; exploration.

As you will probably have discovered by now art sketchbook ideas are a hugely important part of your art college application and portfolio. Your sketchbooks should show your thought processes, how you tick and offer an insight into your mind for the viewer! Sounds a bit weird. But really your sketchbooks are so important that you must have I would say at least 2 full ones to take with you to interview.

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19 Sep 2012
All the young nudes
The art of drawing; life drawing

We all know that drawing is the essence of being an artist, at least to being able to visually communicate your ideas initially on paper through drawing. How you then create your ideas depends on the idea, your skills and materials/techniques available.

Our eBooks and eCourses emphasize this and as I am putting together the eCourse on Drawing, I thought what better time to brush up on my own life drawing skills? (more…)

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10 Sep 2012
negative space drawing
Negative space drawing; how to use it

You might think that the term 'negative space drawing' has connotations of something quite complex, but really it's referring to the actual objects and the space around the objects that we're looking at. When we do a drawing, take a photo or make any art based on objects we usually draw the object in most detail first and leave the majority of the surrounding space to last if at all. (more…)

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