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Learn to Draw and Paint

Step by step lessons on how to draw and paint like the masters
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This computer program comes with a pen/paintbrush that plugs into your mouse's socket. The tip of this device detects motion with a light beam rather than using a small ball which allows for smoother movement.

This program opens up with a library of the diferent eras in art from Antiquity to Modern art. Once an era is chosen a brief introductory is given and you are led into a gallery of names of various artists and a piece of theirs is displayed. Once an artist is selected you are introduced to your animated cartoon instructor of that artist. This instuctor covers his/her basic views on concepts such as proportion, shading, form, composition, etc. as well as the elements of design.

Your chosen instructor starts you off with gesture drawings to get an idea of movement, proportion, and form. You can draw along with your instructor with your connected tool and the instructor will point out room for improvement and give you tips. The instructor works his/her way up to painting and provides you with tips on mixing colour, how to handle your brush, etc.. You can also choose the specific lesson you would like to learn instead of progressing through them all at once.

*This program could very well be baked already...I just came up with the idea when I was researching for my Rembrandt project.*

Crayola, Jun 21 2001

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain http://www.drawright.com/
Maybe not all would agree, but I think this book can help one learn to see. [bristolz, Dec 15 2001]


       There are already pressure-sensitive drawing tablets that let you draw on the computer with a pen-like device (check out www.wacom.com). Or did you mean a real paintbrush that would paint on canvas but at the same time "read" your movements and transfer them on to the computer?
PotatoStew, Jun 21 2001

       Yup, you're actually physically painting or drawing on canvas or paper, but the tool picks up the movement so your instructor can point out mistakes and areas for improvement.
Crayola, Jun 21 2001

       How does the program sense differences between Paynes grey and sky blue? Or the proper blending of two colors in a highlighting stroke (I'm thinking oil or acrylics painting)? Maybe you would couple your sensitive canvas and implements with a camera to monitor the visual results of your work? [Oh, I see on a second reading that you concentrate on manipulative technique. Still, visual analysis might be a nice feature.]
Dog Ed, Jun 21 2001

       Anyone can learn to draw and paint - it's quite easy. The hard bit is learning to see.
hippo, Jun 22 2001

       If it is a truly specified Target, then it makes sense. On the other hand, someone who may be better than Caravaggio ever was might get frustrated by the Instructor and go back to work at 7-11. Francis Bacon never went to Art School - "Thank Gawd" was his opinion of that.
Don't forget to step back from your work. Best thing to start with in my book... draw a Perfect Egg on white paper - shading, rolled 'non/edge' and all. Make it neither too this or too that... Perfect. Do that and you have the rudiments down. Then you will learn to see much quicker. Cut and Paste this egg from my hand, Grasshopper.
thumbwax, Jun 22 2001

       See above, Mephista. No. 2 pencil held 'flat' against paper and a kleenex. Draw an egg - then do it again. Then draw something you see every day, like a lamp. Gotta take a first step.
thumbwax, Jun 22 2001

       hippo is exactly right. Learning to copy a master's painting style will not make you an artist. But art that captures an otherwise inexpressible part of the essence of the human experience will end up in a museum, even if it's created by someone with relatively inept technique. Usually inept technique hampers the ability of the artist to communicate the vision, so most great works are by technical masters. But the key is the vision, not the technique.
beauxeault, Jun 22 2001

       I agree with the concept that it's best to figure things out for yourself. It gives you a different angle on things and makes your work unique. Then again I know several people who have the need to follow people's instructions and feel as though they need to be mentored to get the results they want. So this product is aimed at those type of people and will hopefully help them out. Personally I taught myself how to draw and learnt from my mistakes. I believe if you just open your eyes and look at your model you get better results than simply focussing on the finished work or your technique.
Crayola, Jun 22 2001

       I like the idea off this.   

       My vision of this however was of a big computer 'canvas', so you could selct your colours and drawing implement at will.
kaz, Dec 15 2001

       And you make a lot different movements with a large canvas than a small one. Drawing with a pen in a 3x5" space is nothing like using a paintbrush on a 3x5' canvas...
StarChaser, Dec 15 2001


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