I haven’t sketched in a while as I have been busy with work and the festive season. Whilst sketching is enjoyable and helps me with stress and my mental health … I found towards the end of last year that exercise has a similar effect.
I have joined a gym near work (and I exercise during most lunch hours). I also plan on participating in more running events this year, such as a 5km Park Run (each Saturday) and Tougher Mudder in August of this year.
So, what does this mean for sketching? Well … it means I can now use my time to focus a little more on technique and skills in the areas I have most interest. I enjoy drawing people the most and am therefore wanting to learn more about anatomy and proportion to enable me to produce respectable images without need for reference. This will also help me to better understand the human form when I am sketching from reference. I can’t afford Art School, so will be attending the “Google Academy of Art” instead ;-)
I spoke to a chap once who was attending the Florence Academy of Art (much to my envy!) and he said his teacher advised him that before he could draw fast, he needed to learn how to draw slow … with practice he would get faster. So I am going to go back to basics, even stick figures to get proportion correct, before working on more detailed anatomy. So my posts this year will be a record of that (slow) learning process.
However, I am not here to teach, so I will continue to post my work with only a small amount of text or quotes.
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’ …”
~ Alfred Tennyson