More Time at Work

Because I’m going to be off work all next week then in surgery the week after that I had to spend more time at work today and cut my art session short.

I plan to more than make up for my lack of time spent on art this month over the next week and weekend. This should be a fun test. I’m going to act like I’m a full time artists and I do this as my job. But, I’m also testing my resilience against burn out.

Until I get back to my next Fandom Fitness drawing, Mr Rogers, check out my previous posts.

Previous Fandom Fitness Drawing Posts

Warm-up

The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.

warm-up

One Minute Gestures

Gestures are the work horse of the The Natural Way to Draw book. If you don’t like gestures, or your not willing to learn ho valuable they are, then this book is not for you.

I like to always keep my gestures varied in size and style. On these sheets you will see large gestures as well as small ones. You will also see gestures that have more flowing lines and others that seem to drill down into the details a bit.

The purpose of this is to keep me as well rounded as possible and not get stuck into one area of expertise with gestures. You will see this with many artists in multiple ways. It’s easy to get stuck into something comfortable and do it for so long that you lack the skill to change. It’s a lack of flexibility.

I would hope that one day I’m an artist that could do a great drawing anywhere, anytime with any material.

Daily Composition and Sketch

Another reason why I had to cut my art session short was a trip to the vet for our beloved Kiddie. We take him every other week to get cold laser therapy for his arthritis. I drew one of the ladies working there from memory. I was actually sitting in my car looking through the front doors but that is the great thing about your mind, you can delete things, much easier that Photoshop.

daily composition and sketch

What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!

I was able to get a lot done by spending more time at work and preparing for my coming vacation and art marathon.

What needs work? What did you learn?

My figure from memory looks much too flat and focused on detail rather than form.

How am I going to Optimize moving forward?

When I draw a figure from memory always start with simple box shapes for the head, torso and hips so that I can get a closer representation of how the figure fits in space.

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