|graphite on paper 16"x20" 2012|
this kind of drawing is intense, tedious, and sometimes mentally exhausting. and it is just one example of the kinds of drawing that i do. i believe that the key to my success in drawing is the simple fact that i am always drawing. and for every finished large scale portrait like this one, there are sketch books filled with quick, gestural and experimental drawings. in fact, here are just a few i did during the same time span of this portrait.
2 minute blind gesture (blind because i did not look at the paper i was drawing on.) i think this may have also been an experiment with water soluble pencils.
2 minute blind gesture with watercolor pencils. now, i was looking at the paper when i went over the pencil with a brush with water. and the background was a test with some water soluble crayons. fail!
5 minute, mostly blind gesture with watercolor paint. i think i'll try drawing on top of this later.
and a hodge podge of experiments crammed in one.
the truth is, the drawing exercises that i teach my art students are actually the exercises that i do myself on a regular basis. and my art students... they have all seen my sketch books too...the good, the bad, and the ugly. they know how long it has taken me to get to where i am. they know how many hours goes into making what i make. they know how many experiments work out, and how so many more of my experiments fail. and they know how often i practice, because drawing is a skill that is constantly evolving...
i know i'll never be done.
this week...here's to never settling and to practicing what you preach!