Saturday, June 24, 2017

Everything is Sketchable!

Jerry is a bit of a hoarder and trash picker from way back,
so there is never a scarcity of things to draw around here.
Here is how I set up today's model. I think it helps to get it up
close to eye level and put a solid background behind it.

This is a 15 minute blind contour of a very cute toy dinosaur.
Blind contour doesn't necessarily create a beautiful drawing, but
it is a wonderful exercise in developing your skill of really seeing.

In my opinion, artists put too much emphasis on creating paintings
or finished pieces (a product) and not enough on practicing (the process).
The real joy for me, is in being in the moment, engrossed in the process of creating.

You can see more about blind contour in the side bar here.


Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O

Friday, June 23, 2017

Learning To Draw

"You learn to draw by drawing." 
~ Mick Masle

Buck Jackson came over today for a 3 hr. drawing session.
We reviewed and executed several exercises from Betty Edwards' book,
 "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". We explored face vases, upside down drawing
and 2 minute gesture drawing with watercolor wash applied. I hope Buck posts
some of her drawings on the DE facebook group. She's a quick study and not afraid of practice.

"To gain confidence, constant practice is essential. Just as a musician needs to practice regularly to retain his touch, the artist needs to be constantly in touch with the medium." ~ R. Lovett

Thursday, June 22, 2017

#ThrowBackThursday - Way Back!

"Perhaps one of the most essential exercises in learning to 
draw or paint is the copying of master works." 
~ Igor Babailov

Leonardo da Vinci's‬ Horse

Although da Vinci did hundreds of drawings, only a handful were ever finished.
 Known to be a procrastinator and a perfectionist, it is very hard to find a drawing
of his that hasn't been left undone.

Copying old masters (or new masters) drawings are a valuable aid in art development. 
If you are up for a challenge, why not break out of your comfort zone and give it a try!

"When you copy a drawing by a highly skilled artist, you are not only exposed to his
or her drawing techniques, but at the same time you study their thinking process.
If the drawings are studies for a finished painting, you can also learn how the artist
developed an idea from beginning to end."

See a good little article with some tips, techniques and insights here.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

It Is A Happy Talent

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today's sketch was inspired by another PMP reference photo.

I had fun using my intuition and imagination on the coloring of the hummingbird.
"Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition.
It's crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and
what you are going to do, why do it?
 ~ Frank Gehry
Happy Creating My Friends!

X ♥  O