I haven’t fallen off of a cliff. Just FYI.
Lately I’ve made a change from the art of writing to the art of painting. I’m learning to paint from a classically trained artist in a small, self-paced class. It is absorbing a lot of my mental time even though I’m physically drawing only about six hours a week.
I’d like to post bits and pieces of things I’m learning as I go.
I’ve been working on learning how to draw again. It started with learning to hold charcoal in a painterly way, i.e., not like a pencil. Next was learning to connect with the paper, to feel it physically as I draw. Then learning just rough sketching and then correction techniques for sizing and placing objects. I’m becoming much faster and freer in my sketches. I did this one in under 10 minutes at the end of class today:
This kind of thing would have taken hours in the past, so I feel like it’s a breakthrough. Another angle:
I’ve come far enough that next time I’ll get to start working on tone, which is all about highlights and shade. I’m pretty excited about that.
So that’s what I’ve been up to.
Tags: Learning to draw