"I don't think anyone could draw as fast as Gnagy, but then he seems to
have spent a great deal of time preparing so that he could get his
picture into 15 minutes or 1/2 hour." ~ Ron Csuha
In the demos, Jon is using a hard square charcoal stick. (Looks like a conte crayon.) I still have his "Pastel Painting Set" and it has a black and a grey stick in it. You could also use a charcoal pencil or a soft (3B - 5B) pencil (like I did) for the drawings. Notice the way he is holding it like a wand - using his whole arm! (Holding it between his thumb and forefinger.) Although I don't know if he ever really mentioned it, I watched and imitated his approach. He is the first one to teach me how to hold my pencil that way and I have been drawing like that ever since! See more ....
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.
"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.
Today's drawing started out mainly as a version of this photo from Paint My Photo. PMP is a site with copyright free photos for artists to use. I am really grateful to photographers who share their work with us. I love free photo sites for art reference, but the pictures are not always of the highest quality. This image, for instance, lacks detail and pizazz.
Before I put the watercolor wash on, I decided to modify the pose
and have some fun playing with the color.
I really enjoyed doing this little cutie.
"Art is a game. Too bad for them who makes a duty of it."
"Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace if you will."
~ Susan Avishai
love this quote about drawing. It is one of my favorites. Ok, I'll
admit, I'm a quote junkie and I've got hundreds of favorites! But this
one sort of sums up how I feel when I'm drawing something I love and I'm
in the *zone (*the place or state of mind you are in when youve made
that right brain shift).
Today's little watercolor
sketch was done from multiple reference photos and sketches in my many
reference folders; collected over the decades; some of which I still
have from childhood. Often when drawing or planning a painting, I use
many images to come up with a final design.
We've got hummer action here non-stop now and they are keeping me busy
cleaning and filling the feeders. And of course, I'm taking multiple
hummingbird breaks during the day, just to indulge in the sheer joy of
being in their presence; feeling the rush of air as they zoom by;
watching the acrobatic displays, listening to the excited chattering and being
enchanted by their never ending magic.
and decided to do one of my own today. It was so much fun!
I don't know about you, but I'm really starting to feel those 'ole drawing muscles limber up! I feel sorta like an athlete (who's been away from the game for a while), getting back into shape. I am finding that through daily practice, I'm seeing things more clearly and putting down marks with more sureness and precision than I was only two weeks ago. Drawing is an amazing skill! Once you really get it, it's sorta like learning anything. It may take you a while to get back in the game after a hiatus, but it will come back to you, right where you left off, eager to lead you onward and upward in the great creative adventure of Right Brain Consciousness. If you haven't experienced that shift yet, you don't know what you're missing! I highly recommend getting Betty Edward's book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.