Instructing at a drawing workshop this week.
I get this question a lot, “what is the best way to improve my drawing?” There is only one answer– “Draw.” Most of what you draw in the beginning is not very memorable, take these first drawings and put them away for a year. Keep drawing, then compare your new drawings to the old ones, there will be a remarkable difference. A great teacher told me “we all have 1,000 bad drawings in us, once you draw the 1000th, they are gone for good” The rest of the advice:
push and pull
lighter lights, darker darks
draw, draw, and then draw some more
Lastly, spend some time on your drawing, it will show in the end. Over a couple of days, about 2.5 hours on this drawing. It sounds like a lot, but the time goes so quickly you may not notice!
“Bubble” Pencil on charcoal paper, 11×14″
Back to basics- figure drawing with charcoal. One piece of paper, one stick of charcoal, one eraser, a cloth. I had a discussion with a fellow artist, he said good drawing was not necessary for good painting. I am on the other side– work on drawing, make better paintings. Draw, draw, draw. Thanks for following all the way to week 100- whew! 18 x 24- “Athena”
She really does. My goal was to paint a simple scene and this girl is messing with my chi! I will keep on working this one…as I have time and patience.
Recently sold: Horse Dream–many, many thanks, Grazie mille!! to this awesome collector!!!
I draw them, I paint them, I think about them. This is from a dream I had about them- Horse Dream, 20 x 24″ Oil on Canvas.
Capturing emotion, getting proportion right, deciding to go more painterly or more photoreal, choosing a palette.. the reason figure painting is so challenging. This painting is 30 x 40″ so a misstep stands out. Aim small, miss small, I suppose. Lots of layers in the chromatic red, this is an homage to Sibley’s Preparation. Not sure if it is finished..we’ll see.
I had this great advice from one of my teachers- if it is not working out in paint, try sculpting it. If It doesn’t work out there, draw. If you aren’t getting any good drawings, read. So I took a break and got out the pencils and Copics and came up with these. No masterpieces, but at the end of the day I was surrounded with smiling faces!
Pumbaa cleaned up
Rembrandt soft pastels..nice!
Timon ACEO card
Timon all Sharpied up
end of the day.