Art Before Breakfast: Natural frame

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by a complicated subject. But don’t be. Watch this video instead. It’s the next in the series of simple videos I’ve made to walk you through the steps of seeing and drawing from my latest book, Art Before Breakfast. In this one, I’ll show you how to break even the most cluttered space into an understandable system of shapes which you can then draw one by one.

If you’re new to drawing or are struggling with the basics, I hope this series will be helpful. (Here’re the past episodes, in case you missed any.)

On Fridays, I work through an idea from Art Before Breakfast. It would be lovely if I could imagine you out there drawing along with me. This particular exercise comes from page 32. If you decide to do it too, please share with me how it turned out! (Share the results on your own blog or on Facebook and post a link in my comments section. Use #artb4bkfst on Twitter or FB).

4 thoughts on “Art Before Breakfast: Natural frame”

  1. WOW so many squares. I would want to cover up some with something soft like drapes to cover all the hard surfaces. When I saw your journal drawing, I liked it better and was trying to figure out why. There is color and “more” in the ipad but your journal just felt better. Then it struck me that you had covered so much of it with those vertical marks (like drapery folds) and it softened it. Adding more lines actually tied everything together and calmed the hard edges feeling more comfortable. I could then imagine sitting at the table looking out the window and drawing something before I ate breakfast – maybe just a cup of tea. Thank you for showing this and for the insight it brought me in what marks/lines can do and feel.

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  2. That was really helpful! Thanks. Crowded areas or complicated ones, have always thrown me for a loop as to how to start. This is great.


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