How to Draw Starry Night

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You will start this lesson by sketching out the slope like shape for the cypress tree that makes up the painting. Next, draw the lining for the landscaped background.


You will now start sketching out the small village in the distance which happens to be Saint-Rémy. He painted the landscape in a view from the asylum towards north. The foothills and small buildings should be relatively easy to sketch. Just take you   


It's now tome to start sketching out the shape of the cypress tree and the rest of the hillside to the left. Be sure to draw the tree the way you see it here. It's actually supposed to look like seaweed.


Add some detailing to the cypress tree, and then begin sketching out the swirls in the background which will make up the wispy sky. Draw a circle shape for the moon to the right, and then add more landscape lining for the foothills.


You will finish sketching out the swirling clouds that make up the night sky, and then draw the shape of a crescent shaped moon. Add the smaller circles for the stars and then you can start erasing all the guidelines and shapes that you drew in step    


Here is what your finished replicated sketch of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, should look like when you're done. It's now time to have good fun painting or coloring it in. If you want to see the actual original real life painting of Starry Night,    

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January 19, 2010

Description: I think it’s time for another recreation of a painting that is recognized around the world. His name was Vincent Van Gogh and he was born in Groot-Zundert, Holland. He is known for his use of vibrant colors that where constructed and painted in a way to show ultimate expression. What some people do not know is that Vincent was the son of a pastor, which means he was brought up in a religious background. Some of the things that art connoisseurs will know about Van Gogh is that he was a very sensitive, and emotional individual which is why his painting screamed passion and expression. It was hard for this master artist to have self confidence, and to help with his lack of self esteem, it is believed that he began painting around 1860 and 1880. Like artists of today, he too started out as a struggling painter. Because of this Vincent had gone through the trial and error of having jobs such as a clerk in bookstore, he was an art salesman, and he even tried to follow in his fathers foot steps as a preacher. See, even though Vincent Van Gogh was an individual that did not see the beauty within himself, his goal was to study art and create beautiful paintings that gave a sense of happiness and hope. This tutorial recreation will show you "how to draw Starry Night, step by step”. I know that this photoshop depiction of one of the worlds most famous paintings can’t even touch what he created in real life. But at least you can teach yourself how to draw this image, and then paint it in when your done. Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh painted all of his works in a ten year period? It’s true, he painted a total of one hundred fifty paintings and out of that amount, only one sold, Starry Night. Starry Night was painted from his memory as he reminisced about the days he spent in an institution. I know what your thinking, “why was such a creative mind institutionalized”? Well, it’s said that he went into an intense fit of epilepsy and went after one of his friends with a razor. He was stopped before he could really hurt him, but ended up cutting the ear lobe off of his friends face. He then went crazy and experienced serious hardships as he was sent to an asylum called Saint Remy. It was there that he seeked treatment. In May of 1890 it appeared that Van Gogh was doing remarkably better. Later that year, Vincent Van Gogh was found dead by a self inflicted gunshot wound. Doctors believe that Vincent made his epilepsy's worst because of the consumption of absinthe over a prolonged period of time. He was born March 30, 1853 and died July 29, 1890, he was only thirty seven years old. I do hope you guys appreciate this lesson, I will be back later with more drawing fun. Peace out, and happy painting!

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