1. TALENT: is the first word an aspiring artist needs to know. Talent is the self-discovery and acknowledgement that you possess the interest and motivation needed to become exceptional in a specific area. To find out what a talented person looks like, go look in a mirror! With a personal commitment, patience, and dedication, you can develop your talent for drawing.
Definitions for more than 130 terms and words.
2. ACID-FREE: refers to a high-quality, long-lasting, and pH-balanced paper or board that has the acid removed from the pulp in the paper-making process. Drawings can be ruined when papers with acid deteriorate and turn yellow.
3. AERIAL PERSPECTIVE: also called atmospheric perspective, refers to the visual depth created by particles in the atmosphere. The farther objects and/or people recede into the distance, the lighter in value they become, and their edges and forms appear more blurred.
The trees that are farther away from the viewer become progressively lighter in value.
4. AGE PROGRESSION: refers to the art of rendering individuals older than they really are.
5. AGE REGRESSION: is the art of rendering a person younger than his or her actual age.
These drawings demonstrate a male’s age progression from infancy to old age. When rendered in reverse, from older to younger, the process is called age regression.
6. ANGLE LINES: occurs when two straight lines meet (or join together)
7. BALANCE: is a stable arrangement of subjects and values within a drawing composition.
8. BLENDING: is the process of rubbing shading lines with a blending tool (such as a tissue or paper towel) to evenly distribute the drawing medium over the surface of the paper, thereby achieving a silky smooth graduation of values.
This is a drawing of a nose, before and after blending the shading with a tissue.
9. BULL’S EYE: is the center section of a drawing space. A composition usually becomes weak when the primary subject is drawn within the bull’s eye.
10. CAST SHADOW: is a dark section on an object or/and surface that receives little or no light.
The values of a cast shadow are darkest next to the object and become gradually lighter.