I’ve been aware for some time that improving my drawing skills would probably have a big impact on all parts of my artistic practice. I did a short course based on Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain a few years ago that helped, but I’ve lacked a real practice around it.
I came across a post on Medium last week about six drawing exercises, two for dexterity and four for “seeing”. As a first exercise I converted them to a drawing in Paper so I could easily refer to them in my sketchbook.
Spent the afternoon in the studio yesterday, carving and printing my third Red Rocks print. I’ve been trying to get practice in with my new tools and this piece definitely provided that. I learned a lot from making it; on to the next exercise.
Untitled (coffee cup line study), copyright 2013
4” x 5” linocut print
I wanted to practice using lines to describe, rather than outline,
shapes and surfaces, so I took a picture of a coffee cup on a sunny
day and decided to try and make a print from it. I worked small and
(relatively) simple to avoid investing too much time in what is
(effectively) a practice piece.
It was pretty instructive to carve this in an afternon, and then print
it on Wednesday. Because it was small project, I was able to remember
what I expected when I was carving, and compare that to what came out.
There were a few things that came out as expected, and a few that
didn’t. That was sort of the point.
Recently I have been suffering from the delusion that making more
commitments will make me more able to achieve them.
My first reaction to reading Asheeh’s reflections on
“Yes, and I wish I’d learned that about ten years earlier than I did.”
And then I remember that it’s not something you learn once; tending to
your committments — and making them with care — is a life-long practice.
Practicing is hard, but it’s preferrable to encountering the OOT killer.