It's been sometime since I posted something on this blog, but although I have been negligent here I have been at work everyday trying to improve my painting and drawing skills.
It sounds funny to me to say that because it would seem that one would just have to do the thing whether it is drawing or painting. But improving the skills mean more than just putting pencil or brush to paper. It means observing and thinking and being disciplined in keeping to a schedule. There is a devotion that is taking place that requires daily activity and direction. By direction I mean that I just don't approach the time spent aimlessly but try to make the current work better than the last, lessons learned carry over in to the next work.
There is also time spent looking at art. Learning and appreciating the work of other artist past and present.
There is a lot to occupy me but I still have to get back to this blog and share that experience.
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Spending a longer time doing these gouache paintings in my sketchbook. Initially I started doing this with the idea of just getting done what I can within that lunch hour. Now I work on something over a period of days until I am satisfied with the finish painting. I either continue on it the next day or take it home and work on it.
The painting on the left is something I've been working on for some time now, I think going on three days and I am still not finished. The one underneath it is one that I did in forty five minutes.
It took me five one hour sessions to finish this gouache painting in my Sketchbook. I took a scan of the painting after each session to show the progress and also to evaluate my approach. Looking back I think that I still need to be more deliberate in the first stages. That is to say instead of just covering the page with an approximate drawing and approximate color I need to more carefully consider what I want the end result to be or make up my mind about what I'm trying to accomplish. For one thing I wasn't sure how I was going to fit that yellow pole on the left side of the painting and even now I'm not sure if I should have included it at all.
What I should have done was a quick preliminary sketch where I would've worked all this out. But then again this is my sketchbook and as such it was never meant to be more than a sketch. There's a lot about this I am happy about though, so all in all it was time well spent working on this.
Found myself doing quite a bit of Pencil drawing recently. For a while when I draw I would more often than not reach for a stylus and start drawing on my tablet. I find that I prefer drawing and painting with traditional media. Nothing is wrong with digital, this is just my preference. I enjoy the experience of drawing or painting more when I use actual paint and graphite.
I am posting here some of the drawings I've done this past month. I also completed a video tutorial on drawing the male head in pencil which is available on Gumroad. The cost of the video is $12. Click on the link below to purchase the video