At the figure drawing open studio tonight I attempted to put the Watts Atelier course to use, but the glaring lack of my drawing ability made it difficult to do anything. I think the largest issue I was having was wanting to move to fast. I’m so excited and want to hit each stroke perfectly with a flourish like Jeff Watts but my ability is just nowhere near his. So, by the last drawing I figured out that I need to move extremely slow through the figure.
First drawing, 45 minutes long. Here I was going somewhat slow and the drawing wasn’t too bad. The model was very thin, and I found it hard to figure out anything with the upper body. I kept wanting to have more knowledge of anatomy to help me through what I was seeing.
Even faster now, and I’m getting frustrated. Looking back on this I see now that I was just going fast to try and push myself into great drawing too fast. I needed to slow it up, and let my hand, eye, and brain catch up with each other.
Finally, I figure out that I need to go slow. I added tone to this drawing while I was moving through the figure but I wish I didn’t. It tends to hide the glaring drawing issues. I’m still too attached with making a good finished drawing. At this point in my ability I should be working hard on getting the lay-in as accurate as possible along with clean lines, rather than worrying about the finished drawing.