So let’s pretend that this is the inaugural post on this blog. I did mean to keep up with this blog—I just haven’t had the time.
However, let me re-update everyone about my life:
This past year of school was the toughest I’ve ever had. I can’t explain the amount of mental frustration and anguish that I went through as I tried to balance class, homework, production work, and personal health/happiness. I’ll spare everyone the details, but the point is a conservatory program can be so incredibly mentally and physically demanding.
The good news is that things began looking up towards the end of this past semester, and I’m happy to transition into this summer and then my Senior Year of College! (Eek! Ahhh!)
I picked back up with drawing this past semester, and my passion for it has been greatly sparked. As I transition into this summer I would love to update this blog fairly often with my progress. I revisited SamC’s “sketchbook” just a few hours ago and have been inspired to start this blog back up again.
To start here is a copy of one of my favorite Sargent drawings. It’s…okay. I feel that the placement and shapes of the features that I’ve drawn are fairly generic. Also, I get incredibly lazy when it comes to drawing hair. So I need to focus on drawing hair more accurately.
Here are my goals as I move forward with drawing:
1. LOOSEN UP. Seriously. I have to start loosening up or I’m not going to progress any further.
2. Find a better understanding of the human (or any) form. I usually end up overworking my drawings and features. I find that my best drawings are when I’ve found and finessed the features with a certain immediacy. The more I try and perfect certain features, the more overworked the drawings look. Now this is not to say that I should draw in details right away—but I need to find a smoother transition from generalized shapes to detailed features.
3. Give my drawings (and poses) some life! I hope to apply my drawing skills to create characters that are full of life for my costume renderings.
4. Draw with continuous lines. No more chicken scratch!
5. Figure out what I’m doing so that I can draw without making a mistake when I draw on watercolor paper. (Seriously. Figure this shit out.)
6. Create smoother and more confident renderings in watercolor and gouache.
I’m sure I have more goals, but these are decent starting points for now.
I will post again soon (I hope!) so stay tuned! Or don’t. I don’t care. This blog is for me to track my progress. Any criticism is welcome!