Notes from a Lecture by Marshall Vandruff

“Classic Draftsmanship,” November 28, 2009, Brea, California.

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• Perspective: The foundation of all that you draw.

• The Science of Perspective = Magic.

• "Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters," Robert Beverly Hale.

• Cross Contours (rubber bands) -- shows the perspective.

• Draftsmanship: the creation of the optical illusion of a 3-D object on a flat, 2-D surface.

• Drew Struzan, quote from  about 1990: "People don't know how to draw; they copy photography. Can anyone draw? Don't be bound by reference."

• Begin simply.

• Shapes to Forms.

• Jon Gnagy.

• Glenn Vilppu.

• George Bridgman.

• If it's good enough for Rembrandt, it's good enough for us.

• Glass, center lines, height, width, depth.

• The secret of classic draftsmanship:

Learn the simple forms (box, cylinder, cone, wedge, sphere).

Master the simple forms.

Assemble the simple forms.

Shade the simple forms.

• Basic Skills:

Spin a box.

Tilt a cylinder.

• Draw lines on the other side ("see through").

• Rubber Bands / French Bread (cut ends) / Boxes.

• The fear of foreshortening.

• Exaggerate the foreshortening in 3/4 views.

• Planes of the head.

• Copy master drawings.

• The sphere: the most basic form in nature.

• Cross contours are lines on simple forms.

• Teaching: an excuse to learn.

• "Facial Expressions," Gary Faigin.

• Stripes on beach balls, rings around barrels.

• Center Lines / Center Line Construction.

• Cross Contours.

• Wire Frame.

• Ellipses don't come to a point; symmetrical left to right and top to bottom.

• Draw everything like it's made out of glass and has steam in it.

• Scott Robertson DVD's.

• Buy more "Dover" books.

• Gradual refinement.

• Japanese Proverb: "Acquire an infallible technique, then open yourself to inspiration" (then do anything you want).

• Heinrich Kley

• Winsor McCay

• Frank Frazetta

• "The Natural Way to Draw," Kimon Nicolaides.