Open grisaille- a method of underpainting to get the values. I love these... they can look DONE!
I got to hear this line last night... 'I paint but I cannot draw.' What a place to leave oneself! Another person said that she had heard that anyone can draw. This provoked a few contradictions about artistic bones and bodies...
Here is the answer... are you ready?... any one can draw. It may not appear anything like what they are looking at, but lines can be made. The skill, and it is that, a skill, is in the ability to really see what is there.
Magical, huh? Mystical, hmm?
Rather than painting what one thinks one sees with the eyes of assumption.
BEWARE- the assumption eyes! They miss out on a lot of information.
A great exercise for this is, let's say we are working with a photo here, to turn the subject upside down and paint the shapes.
Learn all the rules so you know exactly where and how to break them, quickly and painlessly.