Fixler's Law

Taken from the art school journal of Morgan Weistling...

  • "EXAGGERATE: If it's sort of straight, make it very straight. If it's slightly curved, make it very curved. It's better to have an over exaggerated drawing, than a boring unexaggerated drawing."
  • "When drawing a pretty girl, she needs to look like a pretty girl right away, in your drawing. Making her look pretty later will never work."
  • "Did I ever tell you the story about Lenny Steckler?..."
  • "RELATIONSHIPS: The big relationships will create the smaller ones. Everything has a counterpoint relationship. If you draw one side of the arm, you already know how and where to draw the other side without even looking."
  • "SIMPLIFY!!!"
  • "CHEAT and look at the model."
  • "Why don't you just tie your hands behind your back and make it even harder."
  • "Fixler's Law: The iris is always half the size you drew it."
  • "It's the edge that counts, not the shading inside."
  • "Get the big shape."
  • "When drawing a pretty girl, she needs to look like a pretty girl right away in your drawing. Making her look pretty later will never work."
  • "Look for the long lines."
  • "Halftones are always lighter than they appear."
  • "Long straight lines are one of the biggest helps. If you see it, draw it and judge other angles by it."
  • "Draw the negative shapes."
  • "Draw as though you have a sculptor friend who is going to use your drawing as his only reference to sculpt from."
  • "When you do a bad drawing, try to figure out everything that is wrong with it. When you do a good drawing, try to figure out everything that is good about it."
  • "Draw the arm with one long flowing line. Then add the details along that line as though you were "stringing pearls"
  • "Movement and direction of object is determined by the 1st line. Character is always determined by the 2nd line and is parallel and tapering."
  • "It's not that the nose is wrong, but it's the whole head that's off. Get the overall shape of the head before you start worrying about individual parts."
  • "When your drawing is not going well, DON'T QUIT!  That's the most important time to stick with it and fight it through. You quit too easy. The more fights you have the better you get and the less you will have."
  • "Stop drawing the dark shapes. Draw the light shapes. Better to get correct light shapes and bad dark shapes rather than the other way around."
  • "Never attempt to copy, there are plenty of people for that."