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VDMFK-Info 2011-en

24 Painting school French mouth painting artist and Board member Serge Maudet pro- vides tips and tricks on the topic of "mouth and foot painting". Making sketches or drawing rapidly At the beginning Learning to draw is above all a question of practise and observation: one has to draw as much as possible and as often as possible, while always using one's eyes. Look around you - chairs, tables, plants, people, pets, houses and even this book, everything is worth being drawn. The definition of a sketch could be "a quick drawing". Making a sketch of a subject, with the aim of providing as much information as possible within a limited period of time. Whenever possible, take a sketch-pad with you and don't be afraid of using it in public, whether for taking short notes to be used later on, or drawing a complete sketch. If you want to produce an interesting painting, you have to enjoy doing so. Even if you start with a subject that does not interest you much, you might discover that the actual act of drawing and observing the subject from a new perspective may create a special feeling. The less you think about how you draw, the more you will think about what you draw and the better your drawing will become. Try to draw in colours. Dark blue, reddish-brown and dark green are colours that are very useful for drawing. You may be able to learn some things by copying other people's drawings, but you'll learn more if you have the subject directly in front of you, or if you draw from memory, although the results might be awkward and not very satisfactory at first. By practising and reading books one can learn a great deal, but a teacher may be very helpful. Do not hesitate to attend a course if there is an opportunity, even one eve- ning per week can do a lot of good.