I have a lot of art books but I never read them from cover to cover. I don’t want to do this with the Fundamentals of Drawing course, so I’m going to use it.
I figure if I follow through and do each lesson how it is illustrated, or at least try, then I will do more than just read it from cover to cover. Hopefully I will experience it, and remember everything better.
I’m drawing in a way that is much different that I’ve been drawing for a while. It’s difficult and somewhat frustrating because of that. But, I’ve learned that this feeling of frustration because it is hard is a good sign that I’m learning something, or at least pushing myself. Widening my boundaries of thought.
I beginning to understand art as a direct expression of the mind. I guess when you get into it everything around you is a direct expression of your mind. But where some of your expression is predicated upon habit, it seems art making is closer to your mood. I’ve said over and over again that any time I’ve had a bad art session, it’s mostly due to my mind state. Also, I’m starting to see differences in expression based on my mood. Currently I’m feeling a need for structure and form so my drawing is reflecting that.
To assume that there is only one way to do a painting or a drawing is to simplify the vastness that is art. I’m beginning to think that if I going to master this craft I should know all or most of the nuances in each medium. I’ve pretty much decided that for now I’ll be working exclusively in charcoal and oil. And considering I have to only deal with two mediums for now I should learn many different ways to express myself in each. I’m thinking of Egon Schiele, Kim Jung Gi, Steve Huston, Mogilevtsev, Anthony Ryder, Ted Seth Jacobs, Harold Speed, Bargue, etc… I don’t want to make drawings that look like theirs, I want to learn these ways of expression.
Egon Schiele conveys of mood of flight, fancy and randomness. Kim Jung Gi conveys of mood of internal reflection through extremely detailed doodles. Steve Huston and Mogilevtsev are all about structure, but separate at gesture and purpose. I would channel Anthony Ryder when I’m feeling the need to express the slightest nuances and details. Ted Seth Jacobs when I’m wanting to break away from normal proportions yet stay more restrained than Schiele. Then there is Harold Speed and Bargue when I maybe don’t want to think so much and just rely on a method. All these moods can be combined, I could feel a bit of each on in a single drawing. And these are just few different artists there are so much more. Maybe the saying of “There is as many ways to draw as there are artists” should change to “There are as many ways to draw as there are moods”. Nobody wants to love one way life and art are more complex than that.