My drawing and painting life
Drawing practice. I’m coming back to regular drawing practice. When I don’t draw I feel bad. So after a weekend with lots to do and being away from the house, I just had to put in a session of drawing practice. I considered doing several quick drawings after some photos I picked from the Unsplash platform (great for copyright free photos of all kinds!).
I found this guy online, the photo reference is by Zulmayry Saavedra,. Title of the photo is: ‘The Look’. And indeed I loved something about his look.
I started out with a technique introduced by Annie Hamman in her wonderful workshop “Close-up” (which she will re-run soon!), ‘fast and furious drawing’, quick drawing with straight lines mainly. As it happens to me often when I don’t set a timer for quick drawing, I just get sucked into the work and if I don’t notice or let it happen, I’ll start to slow down. and . When this happens, I move into slower gear, introduce other types of marks. I will add more detail, looking better and correcting some of the earlier mistakes where I can. But I try not to use an eraser and just work with what I have. If there were mistakes in the first marks, it is often possible to repair by simply making more marks in the right places. If the first marks are way off and quite bold, you’ll still see them. All part of the game. That’s what happened here on the chin, but all in all I’m happy with this guy.
By the way, Annie Hammans course Close-Up is wonderful.She takes you through techniques ranging from drawing in graphite, pen and ink, to acrylic inks and paint. There are many assignments, she goes into color mixing, color theory and some inspirational talks too. I highly recommend it if you want to practice drawing and painting skills and see lots of inspirational images of artist works. All in all an amazing course!
Photo reference on Unsplash by Zulmaury Saavedra, The Look.
Close Up workshop on drawing faces and painting portraits – you can find out about it on Annie Hamman’s website.
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