Drafting and mechanical drawing, like many other forms of visual communication, are both an art and a technique. They require specific tools, close attention to detail, and plenty of patience. Technical drawing is a two dimensional representation of how something functions or how something is constructed, and is usually applied in professional uses, like architecture and engineering, but technical drawing can teach artists many things that can be applied in the studio, too.
Humans are naturally flawed beings, and out of the chaos that appears to be our universe, beautiful, happy accidents can occur. But for as much as we might long for those serendipitous moments in life, and in the studio, as practicing artists, we shouldn't rely on the inconsistency of accidents when it comes to our art. Embrace the moments of beauty, of course, but improve and further your work with precise practice.
Happy birthday to Andy Warhol (Aug. 6, 1928 - Feb. 22, 1987). The acclaimed artist and pop culture icon would have been 85 this week. He was especially known for his pop art in the 1960s—art that explored the relationship between celebrity, culture, and advertising. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his artistic expression came in the form of varied media: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, and even film and music. And yes, he's the guy who said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." (Did he have a premonition about reality TV?)
Last week we offered Part One of our art tips to get kids involved in art. As we said then, summer is here and the kids are out of school and looking for something to do. Why not get them involved in some art projects? Last week we concentrated primarily on the array of great art supplies for kids offered by Crayola. This week we'll look at some additional products that you might want to consider for this summer and finish up with some tips on how to get children interested in art.