Intense Focus

I love have a full day of art with intense focus! It takes discipline, diligence, persistence and a love for the craft as well as a willingness to Optimize every aspect of your life.

Now, just because I have intense focus while working doesn’t mean that everything I do is great, but it does provide an environment ripe with that possibility.

1 Minute Gesture Drawings

These, in my opinion, were the best gestures I’ve done in a while and it’s because of that intense focus and purpose. My purpose was to focus on the motive fore each drawing and feel into that motive. I moved my body with every drawing, I tried to feel the emotion or the position and through that I was able to get deep into the drawings and hopefully impart some of those actions and emotions.

Warm-Up and Steve Huston Sketches

The warm-up is great, it gets my mind and body ready for the task ahead. But, I really suck at copying the drawings that Steve Huston has in his book Figure Drawing for Artists.

I’m cool with that though. I just need to do more of them and spend more time on each drawing. Most of the time these are a bit rushed because I want to move on to other things. I need to be more mindful in the future here.


Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

The daily sketch isn’t so bad, I tend to rush these drawings also. But the daily composition from memory I’m really bad at right now. A week or more ago I stopped adding in color and all kinda of other things because I felt I was just trying to cover up what I was bad at. Now I’m trying to keep it simple like Nicolaides suggests and work hard on memorization and drawing a figure from my memory.

daily composition and sketch

Martin Luther King Jr Drawing

Today I refreshed my motive I got clear on what I wanted to communicate in this drawing and distilled my ideas down into a few words.

  • Stone
  • Diligence
  • Passion
  • Perseverance
  • Energy (kinetic)
  • Spiritual

I was inspired by the sculpture of Dr King in Washington D.C.

My wife and I had the privilege to visit this amazing memorial a few years back and we loved the art and the words.

In order to communicate the ideas for my drawing of MLK I tried to think about structure and stability. The first thing I did was bring out each plane of his head and focus on how they transitioned. Initially I even made it look like he was carved out of stone but I end up toning that down a lot.

Martin luther king jr drawing

I’ve lost the structure more than I realized now that I see it in photo format and tomorrow I’m going to have to bring that back.

This is why it is so important for me to post daily about my art and show images no matter how bad. It’s my feedback that is so important for deliberate practice.

I find this speech by Martin Luther King to be the most powerful for me. This is his famous mountain top speech given on April 3 1938. It was to be the last speech before his death.

If you want to see the full text for the speech I found this page that has the whole thing.

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.
And I don’t mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
And so I’m happy, tonight.
I’m not worried about anything.
I’m not fearing any man!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!

Martin Luther King Jr

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What went well?

Lots of intense focus on art!

What needs work?

Need to make more time for my posts.

What did I learn?

Keep doing the posts to fix errors and learn by making mistakes right away.

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