Saturday, June 5, 2021

Everybuddy Needs a Buddy

"The ability to draw from life determines the artist's skill.This is why live drawing classes have always been at the top of the curriculum for properly structured academic workshops."
Igor Babailov

This is my "Study Buddy" Roly-Poly Pony, Rudy. I love this miniature figurine of my real-life fur baby, Rudy who was a big part of my life for 34 years. Anyway, I love drawing this little guy and it always puts me in a good mood. He’s a perfect model because he’s made up of simple shapes.

 Drawing from photos is all well and good, but we also need to draw from life,
because our brains process 2D and 3D information differently.

What do you love?

If you don’t have something you enjoy drawing, it can get really hard to keep going. What do you love? I love whimsical things, but you don’t have to! Get yourself a "study buddy" that fits your preferences and sensibilities. Toys and figurines make great models.


 Go to your local thrift shop or to a garage sale with something specific in mind. Or just be open to a little serendipity. The consequence of serendipity is sometimes a brilliant discovery: (happy) chance, (happy) accident, fluke; luck, good luck, good fortune, fortuity, providence; happy coincidence.

I have sketched Rudy and my other favorite "Study Buddies" so many times, that the actions involved in doing so are ingrained into my muscle memory. Just like a musician practices the same piece of music over and over, if you want to improve as a fine artist, you must train in the same way.

"Repetition is the key to mastery."
Sandy Sandy 

See How I Use My Study Buddies To Improve My Skills Here

"Drawing, or in other words 'the art of sketch' is the highest point of all Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. Drawing is the source and the soul
of any painting, it is the root of all the sciences in art."

Michelangelo Buonarroti - on drawing from life

Relax and Avoid the Overwhelm of T.M.I
(Too Much Information)

This Summer, My Motto is: K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
For Myself and for My Zoom Course Students


Even if you are not planning on joining me for our 2021 class,
I'm still hoping YOU WILL get into sketching and painting
this summer!

Join our Facebook Group
and participate in the
Free #SketchWithMeChallenge!

Make Progress and K.I.S.S. This Summer!

• You don't need a big chunk of time. With just 10
minutes a day, you'll see improvement.

• You don't have to show your sketches to anyone
or post anything.

• It's a refreshing and rewarding task if you look
at it the right way.

• No judgment, just practice.

• Do it for yourself and for your sanity.

• Think of it as a pleasant mini-escape
or meditation for your day!

so there's no worries about having enough time
to take full advantage of all the great course material!
X ♥  O

"Thank goodness for our art!" ~ Maxine Fuentes

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