Beyond Basics: Advanced Drawing with Blackwing

Beyond Basics: Advanced Drawing with Blackwing

Learning to draw like everyone else is not a very complex matter. You can use any pencil you want. If you want to learn my technique, you need to use Blackwing pencils. They are higher quality than other brands and they have properties which make them more suitable for shading with a sharp point.

December 03, 2023 — Thomas Hoppe
The XII Laws of Pencil

The XII Laws of Pencil

I. Never shade in your own cast shadow.

II. Protect your paper from any damage.

III. Keep your pencil sharp at all times.

IV. Always shade in a forward moving direction.

V. Graze the paper with a delicate touch...

December 01, 2023 — Thomas Hoppe
Symphonic Cubism

Symphonic Cubism

"Want to try analytical cubism? It’s super fun. Pick an interesting object to draw, place it on the table, and start drawing it. Then after a period of time, keep your eye locked in place on the doll, pivot / turn the doll in some interesting way and keep drawing. Pivot again as you please. There are no rules. My advice is to remain acutely aware of how the whole thing is going to balance as a composition in the end.
Your finished design is rightfully considered to be art that plays in the 4th dimension… aka Time."
An Introduction to "Macro-Harmony"

An Introduction to "Macro-Harmony"

"And how great it was to recognize this… to observe the smaller constituent parts of a painting and feel their mood… stepping back we see those parts fall in conflict with the one another, yet standing even further back we are struck by harmony of all kinds."
November 28, 2023 — Thomas Hoppe
"Peruvian Snail Mug"

"Peruvian Snail Mug"

"My family home is like a history museum - Art and artifacts from all over the world intermingle seamlessly. It’s quite surreal - Portuguese puppets, voodoo dolls, Tibetan mountain horns, porcelain elephants, exotic bird cages, Chinese peasant paintings… The list goes on and on."