Gesture, Weight and a Video

I had some drawing time today from The Natural Way to Draw and a video upload for the Jansen art Center.

I’m really happy to have the opportunity to make a video, hopefully more, for the Jansen Art Center. During the Covid-19 social distancing the art center has come up with some awesome ways for artists to stay connected. I hope to see the video up on their website in the near future. I won’t show it here for now.

The video took up most of my art time but I still had time to put in some real focus on drawing. Especially the weight exercises.

These weight exercises are really getting me out of my comfort zone and making me think in completely different ways about drawing the figure. The idea of this exercise is to visualize the weight of the figure or any object and the drawing is not of the figure itself but of my feeling of where the most weight is located inside of the figure.

It’s not about the drawing. It’s about how you think of things, your thought of weight and heaviness to build a better mental representation of how heavy a thing feels. A cloud versus a stone.

As Nicolaides says, “Without a sympathetic emotional reaction in the artist there can be no real, no penetrating understanding”.

What went well?

Did my first video on art stuff!

What didn’t go so well?

A good struggle with the weight exercise.

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

Finding that emotional and physical connection with the art I’m making is really difficult but very necessary.

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