Workshop 18: Shape Shifters: Overcome Complicated Scenes with Dynamic Shapes

Instructor: Paul Wang

Workshop Descrption

Often a complex and busy scene can get us very excited. There is so much
to see and draw. We just want to quickly capture everything and put them down
on paper. This is also where our fear and struggle start to arise.

Just before the pencil or pen is about to hit the paper, we feel overwhelmed
by the daunting complexity of the location and can suddenly feel very lost. I
know even experienced sketchers can feel this way. We often ask ourselves where
do I even begin the sketch and how to deal with this complexity?

 Hence, I find it most helpful to always have a few important thinking tools
to overcome these moments of uncertainty and help reduce panic. Creating a
clear and directed approach to our thinking and sketching is vital and can keep
our sketching experience fresh and playful.

This workshop uses a shape drawing approach to strengthen our
observation, help us establish ways to simplify our thinking and drawing
process on-location. I will include simple techniques I use to attack and deal
with complex complicated scenes.
workshop will demonstrate the Addition, Subtraction, Division and
Multiplication method to achieve dynamic shape driven compositions. 

  • Explore Shape qualities &
  • Simplification, Leading the eye
    & Using a 4 colour limited palette
  • Add, Subtract, Divide &
    Multiply method


This workshop is sponsored in part by Daniel Smith watercolors.


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