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on: November 11, 2010, 09:44:05 AM
What about this crumpled paper?

How often have you just taken a piece of paper, crushed it into a ball, and then tossed it into the dustbin? I have, many times! But what if you could retrieve that ball and then use it for your art? Can you?

Now what can we do with this?

Have you ever tried to paint mountains from memory and really got your self in a knot? You get all mixed up in trying to paint realistic valleys and ridges, etc. Nothing wants to come together. Let me show you a trick to help you visualize what a mountain should look like.

Un-crumple it until it looks like this.

Recognize the shapes when looking out of an aeroplane window?
Take the paper and, from underneath, push the centre up to make an upside down bowl shape with the centre raised and the edges flat on the table.

It should now look something like this.

You may want to tape the edges down on the table for convenience. Just look at all the valleys and ridges just crying out to be drawn and painted. Why struggle to visualize when you can use this easy technique! Notice all the various tonal ranges that can be converted into colour.

Seen from a lower angle.

With sides taped down

Just by twisting the sheet around you can get a multitude of different shapes and profiles.
Every new sheet of crumpled paper will reveal even more shapes and profiles.
Some other time I will show you more uses for crumpled paper.

All I can say is: Happy drawing and painting!!
« Last Edit: August 12, 2011, 10:49:00 PM by nolan »
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Reply #1 on: November 11, 2010, 10:43:58 AM
Quite Brilliant! I'm almost tempted to paint the crumpled paper!3D painting!  :think: That could be fun.  :heeha:


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Reply #2 on: November 11, 2010, 03:22:44 PM
 O0 This is very practical help.  I do struggle with hills, knolls and mountains.  :clap:  Neat stuff here!