Jamie had us doing some exercises today to get us out of our comfort zone, something that I need to do more often. Basically we had to think of any way to draw that was different from the current way that we usually draw and do it. First I decided to draw nothing but the negative space strictly linear then I did a drawing focused on nothing but form through the shadow shapes, and on the last two I blocked out a space with charcoal and used an eraser to capture the contour of the figure. I was definitely out of my confort zone, the drawing turned out terrible and I felt like I had no idea what I was doing while drawing them. I will have to do this more, its important to shake things up every now and then.
Jamie keeps pushing me to think about subject matter, and I appreciate it. I think about my end goal for my artwork very often, but I take my time. I’m in no rush to start making my final paintings, I’m enjoying just honing my skills. I hope that in the future I will be good enough so I don’t have to constantly think about rendering, that it will just happen, and all my thoughts will be wrapped up in emotion over the subject matter.