The Painter's Secret Geometry
In traditional paintings, the golden ratio is popular to use. They are all have something in common, which is the method to structure the composition. Many artists use the technique so-called the golden ratio to make sure the form is perfect. During the renaissance period, Leonardo Da Vinci used the proportions set forth by the golden ratio to construct his masterpieces.
There are many different ways to make a golden ratio diagram, but it has to follow the magic number with a 1: 1.61 ratio. The most golden ratio can be illustrated as a larger rectangle consisting of a square (with side equal in length to the shortest length of the rectangle) and a small rectangle. They are different methods in making the golden ratio, or sometimes it can also use Matrix Geometry.
The Matrix geometry divided the images into equal half; each half has a similar composition. They can be different color schemes, but the whole images can eventually feel compelling to both half — the example in the image above.
These images are from the Fredrick Douglass exhibition and his lecture in the SCAD Museum of Art on October 3rd, 2019. He was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. In his time, he was a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.
Fredrick Douglass is the most influential African American of the nineteenth century; he made a career of agitating the American conscience. For African Americans, he was like heroes. I have enjoyed the lecture about him because he was a hero that fighting to end slavery in the United States.
I remembered when I read that after he went back to the States from Scotland, people who have not believed him that served as a slave in some points in his life.
I have to be honest that I have not heard of him before, but after I attended the lecture and the exhibition, I learned a lot from him. His spirit inspired me, and also inspired millions of people in the generation to come.
These ten drawings are also part of figurative practices, but this time I added some of the portrait drawings here because portrait drawings are essential in drawing. It can help me to practice different facial expressions. Another one, I did more gesture drawings, or even call them post drawings. I did the majority in male body gestures, but I want to try to do a couple of female gesture drawings. I think great artists cannot limit them to do a specific topic, and it is always good to do more different issues. Sometimes it is a challenge to do something that is not in the comfort zone.
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These ten small paintings are also my color studies for my final five projects. I chose religious series is because the Christian images have a significant impact on my life. They taught me about western cultures, western aesthetics, and western philosophies. These Christian iconographies also made me become a Christian. I am always interested in renaissance art movements. Many famous religious paintings are created in that era by some of the most appreciated artists of all time -- Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Many of the renaissance paintings have scientific components, such as perspectives and the golden ratio.
These 20 drawings are the practices of nude male figures; the reason I did these sketches. It is that I want to learn to draw the male body, especially the nude one. I always obsessed with the male body because they are attracted to me. Many of these drawings can show the muscled masses in the male body. I did use some of the shadings to make the shading closer to the outline. Many first couple drawings are superheroes because they are perfect practices for drawing the male body because their body exaggerated in the comics, which make them are more comfortable to learn.
These 20 drawings are the practices of human figures. Some of them are body shape, but some of them are more anatomical. I started with eyes, noses, mouths, hands, and torsos. In most of the drawings that I did, it has shadow shapes, because it is essential to do that, these shadow shapes make the composition more real. Practices these anatomical drawings will help me in the proportion of the human body. I mostly do male bodies, because I am more obsessed with masculine body shape than female ones, but as a painter and an artist. It is more significant to know how to do all type of human figures, so I will try my best to do the female body studies too.