I’ve got a routine going now. Nicolaides book exercises –> Draw or paint –> Write –> Read –> Repeat.
I started a new exercise in The Natural Way to Draw plus the Xena drawing is looking great.
After getting super organized. I’m started a new Fandom Fitness drawing and the gestures before it really helped.
I spent about an hour today drawing gestures but the bulk of my time was putting the finishing touches on my website.
I’m still focusing on website stuff. It has invaded my brain.
About an hour of art today but the rest of the day was spent working on new website changes.
Crazy day at work today so I’m just taking it easy and doing a bit of drawing then working on website stuff today.
I had some drawing time today from The Natural Way to Draw and a video upload for the Jansen art Center.
I really wanted to finish this drawing so for my art time today this was the only thing I worked on.
I’m working on the bottom half of Gandalf and the area is so dark that I have to put down a ton of graphite.
At the moment I’m not overly concerned with finishing.
I decided to do a shorter art session today and just focus on Gandalf.
Probably my best title ever!! You have to read to see what it’s all about.
My Gandalf drawing is looking really good so far. I wish I had more time to work on it today.
Gandalf is coming along nicely but it’s the cross-contours that I’m having trouble with.
The next Fandom Fitness character is one of my lifetime favorites, Gandalf.
A new practice today from The Natural Way to Draw called “Flash Pose”.
Short day on drawing today, but a lot of reading planning and website work. Then a hike around Mount Baker.
I spent about an hour on gestures and contours today but then spent the rest of my time doing some website work.
I’m very happy with this drawing of Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgee.
Lots of drawing again today. I had a ton of fun with all these drawing types today, lots of great practice.
Lots of drawing today. I worked from Nicolaides’s book for the first hour and the next Fandom Fitness drawing for the next hour.
Today it seems I was moving from one interruption to the next and could never get any focused work done.
I’m struggling with a concept with this painting so I’m experimenting with different processes.
Today I’m onto one of the next exercises in Kimon Nicolaides’s book The Natural Way to Draw, Cross Contours.
As I’m painting Ann today I’m searching and searching for something, I’ll know it when I find it.
The second layer of oil on this painting is going well but regardless there is always an awkward look at this stage.
I’m going to have all kinds of time to try and make up the rest of the month due to some necessary errands.
The first day with oil on the painting of Ann, YAY!
I’m still working through the exercises in The Natural Way to Draw plus I’m trying to make up for some lost time this week.
Today at the studio with the model I was relaxed and took it slow, no plans just doing what I felt like.
Sometimes it’s just a day that is super busy then sometimes it’s the whole week.
Busy day today and a busy weekend ahead means that I’m going to have to make up some art time next week.
Today I did all kinds of art stuff, but mostly all kinds of drawing.
I had a mix of different projects today and my art time went by fast because of it.
I didn’t want to title this post “Drawing Finished” because even when you’re painting your also drawing.
Working on the painting of Ann again today and a few contours to get warmed up.
I had a wonderful time at life drawing today as I completely, well almost, detached myself from the results of my drawings.
The drawing of Ann is going really well especially after doing some contour drawings previously.
I was going to do more contour drawings but I decided to start on Ann’s painting because the canvas is ready.
Today I finished the Hogwarts castle and started some exercises from Kimon Nicolaides’s book The Natural Way to Draw.
I’m trying to describe more with less but I find myself getting way too detailed on these drawings.
Today I’m starting a new Fandom Fitness drawing of Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter movies.
I’m so happy to have a drawing of Wonder Woman that I like.
I really didn’t have a lot of intense focus today to pull out some really good drawings but the distraction was partly worth it.
I’m repeating the drawing from yesterday and trying to get a bit more accuracy out of it which means tons of focus and going a…
I pulled another image of Gal Gadot from the internet and was able to make a much better drawing out of it than the others.
I had a doctors appointment today that lasted almost three hours so it cut my art time down and disrupted my focus.
Because of all my struggles with these drawings, and with lots of help from Peak by Anders Ericsson, I’ve gotten more serious with my practice.
These past weeks I planned to be painting my friend Ann but I’m glad for this change and it’s almost overwhelming challenge.
The most difficult balance I’ve every tried to reach is within these drawings. It’s a struggle.
Figure drawing in graphite today and I focused on deliberate practice as outlined in the book Peak by Anders Ericsson.
In the spring I’m going to be doing a workshop on the many ways to learn to draw and today’s drawing is preparation for that…
The still life I did yesterday didn’t have the impact that I wanted to achieve. I wanted something to entice people to the demo.
Doing a life drawing for a demo that I will be giving in the spring but after doing the drawing today I decided to go…
I’m going to be giving a few classes at Jansen Art Center in the spring so I’m preparing for “Drawing Your Pets” by drawing my…
It seems that lessons are never learned just once. We tend to forget, face the same obstacle later in life, then learn again.
There are days when I feel like everything I create is terrible. No matter what I try, or how hard I focus, I just can’t…
Often in this series I really like the drawing while I’m working on it then I see it online and I’m ready to start over…
I put the finial touches on Superman and started Wonder Woman today.