My drawing and painting life
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.
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