Corinne maakt

My drawing and painting life

Different reasons to draw

April19 L4 Active bird BW

Just some thoughts on the different reasons why I draw.

In May I taught a drawing workshop. So in the week befeore I was drawing more, making some examples for the class, getting my mind ready for the class too. I already have a lot of examples of course, I could simply use those. But it’s just good to keep practicing drawing. My drawings during that week will probably not look like the parrot above. They don’t have to. That drawing in ink – a result from Val Webb’s wonderful ‘Birds in Watercolor and Beyond’ class – took several hours. First I did a sketch in pencil. Then I added the ink using different tools.

Often drawing doesn’t have to lead to such a well thought out, detailed result. It all depends on my purpose. Sometimes I draw just to get acquainted with a new subject. Then I may do several quick drawings, using different techniques. This way of drawing helps me to really look at the subject, taking in the details, taking in more of my subject with each drawing. Each time I draw I get to know it better. The result is not the most important part of that kind of drawing.

I also draw  just for fun, for pastime, for the fun of putting down marks on paper, enjoying how the pencil or the pastel or the crayon feels when it moves on the paper. Or I do it to warm up for another project. Or I practice catching a subject in just a few lines (practicing observation and eye hand coordination).

And, yes, sometimes we draw to make that wonderful drawing that you might like to show to the world as a finished drawing. This is one of those. I love how it turned out. I may add watercolor or colored pencil at a later stage. But I already love it as is.


6 comments on “Different reasons to draw

  1. Jodi
    July 1, 2015

    beautiful – and I love your thought process on drawing!

  2. Jill Kuhn
    July 1, 2015

    Hi Corinne! I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this subject! I like how you said that you use several different techniques to get acquainted with a new subject. What techniques do you like to use? Love this parrot of yours!!! ❤️

    • corinnebekker
      July 3, 2015

      Hi Jill! I like to use quick contour drawings and scribble drawings especially as they require looking intently at the object. For faces I also learned a technique to divide it into shapes from Jane Davenport (in the Radiant Faces course by Effy Wilde). Really helpful to get a sense of the face in its 3D form and look at it almost like a sculpturor.

      For an example how I go from one kind of drawing to the next, see this blogpost “About some late night sketches”.

  3. kathiwerner
    July 8, 2015

    I like your description, why you draw (and your bird) and the different reasons. I feel like it is getting more and more important to me.

    • corinnebekker
      July 9, 2015

      I know. It’s like a practice now, that you have to keep going. A drawing is no longer a singular action. In your work it is really clear, the drawings belong in a series. That’s really cool to see that.

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