I wanted to make the session drawings more painterly… well, they are more painterly.
There’s little reason to refrain from pushing at drawings that aren’t even making it to the pile of paper that might be saved to at least write letters on.
Yeah, sometimes it’s an improvement. At times it gets closer to redeeming a few decisions that didn’t work out so well. Others… well, despite the possibilities, it’s still not making it into the pile.
Explore Simple lines. Simple color. Identity. Form.
The excersize this morning was to practice seeing and moving through a form by quickly blocking in simple shadows and pulling in a minimal number of lines. The attempt being to stabilize the image and give it identity.
Attending a gallery opening tonight, a friend of my partner offered a compliment in my direction. “It’s been nice getting to watch your progress this year.” It was nice to hear that what was being shared was being seen and wasn’t getting (unjustified) praise, it was being valued for just showing up.
I’m content with that. Hearing that there are individuals that tune in regularly, curious to see what’s been posted, is a measure of success that feels like a real(istic) achievement. Worthy of click on Instagram, not quite worthy of a spot on a wall…
By taking color out of the picture plane, and instead relying solely on value gradation, (obvious) weaknesses pop out, there’s less distraction from the shortcomings of misdistribution of proportion, scale, and rendering basic anatomy in a readable manner.
That being said… the upside is that difficult compositions are repeatedly being tackled and carried out with a measure of progressive success. Blocking in has become a familiar activity. Finding and establishing the essential details is relatively intuitive. Laying in values is quickly becoming much less intimidating.
Generally speaking, despite not being at all content with what is coming off the boards, I am quite happy with the progress so far. The difference between what’s common place now when compared to this point last year, is a world apart.
Keep at it and keep challenging yourself….