Tuesday, September 9, 2008

my sketches

I am thankful to my art teacher who had set the base to what ever little knowledge i posses today and for encouraging students like me. It was in my school when i first started to tryout sketches, paitings and crafts. From thenon these have been my alltime favourite pastime activities. Here is a brief account of the sketching know-how and a few works of mine.

pencil sketching is an art in itself. One needs to think from the eyes of an artist to start with pencil sketches. These sketches are a unique blende of only two colors- black and white. To imbibe the real feel of an object wholly with two colours is no easy task, this is handled by the various intensities of the two colours used appropriately.

charcoal, chalk can also be used for setching. Graphite being a relatively new invention,hence the name pencil sketches has gained popularity. pencils are available base on varied thickness of graphite lead used.diffeerent pencils like 2B, 3B and so on are available.There are used to produce the shades of different intensities.

Sketching literally means a rough feel of the object. Sketches serve as a prelude for many other forms of painting.In case of oil paintings, these prelims are called oil sketches.
sketches are free hand curves and lines that assimilate into a great looking picture. Contrary to popular belief, artists often use erasers when drawing; the eraser may be used to remove rough construction lines, or to soften lines for visual effect. The most commonly used eraser for pencil drawing is thekneaded eraser, which has a soft, sticky surface that enables the artist to lift the graphite or charcoal from the drawing surface without smudging. White plastic erasers can cleanly erase line work, but tend to smudge heavy shading.

The sketchbooks of Leonardo da vinci and Edgar Degas are two examples of many done by famous artists which have become art objects in their own right, although many pages show more thoughtful studies rather than true sketches.

The culture of painting....a brief history

What enables painting is the perception and representation of intensity. Every point in space has different intensity, which can be represented in painting by black and white and all the gray shades between. In practice, painters can articulate shapes by juxtaposing surfaces of different intensity.
Color and tone are the essence of painting as pitch and rythm are to music. Psychological, symbolical meanings of color are not strictly speaking means of painting. Colors only add to the potential, derived context of meanings, and because of this the perception of a painting is highly subjective. The analogy with music is quite clear—sound in music is analogous to light in painting.

Modern artists have extended the practice of painting considerably to include, for example, collage, which began with cubism and is not painting in the strict sense. Some modern painters incorporate different materials such as sand, cement, straw or wood for their texture. Examples of this are the works of Jean Dubuffet and Anselm Kiefer. (There is a growing community of artists who use computers to paint color onto a digital canvas using programs such as Photoshop, Painter, and many others. These images can be printed onto traditional canvas if required.) In 1829, the first photograph was produced. From the mid to late 19th century, photographic processes improved and, as it became more widespread, painting lost much of its historic purpose to provide an accurate record of the observable world.

The oldest known paintings are at the Groot chaut in France, claimed by some historians to be about 32,000 years old. They are engraved and painted using red ochre and black pigment and show horses, rhinoceros, lions, buffalo, mammoth or humans often hunting. There are examples of cave paintings all over the world—in France, Spain, Portugal, China, Australia, India etc.

In Western cultures oil painting and watercolor painting are the best known media, with rich and complex traditions in style and subject matter.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

my first post!!!!

hii friends!!!!!,
This is my first post. Have no idea what to post..still wanna do it!!!..have lots of things to share..lets startttttt......
Thanx & regards!!
see ya
bye 4 now!!