Optimize for Artists

Today’s art session was short on creation but long on connection. I had the privilege to connect with and Optimize for Artists group.

I’m part of the Optimize.me program and it has literally changed my life for the better. I feel that I’m light years ahead of where I was just a year ago thanks to all of the ancient and modern wisdom communicated there.

Through Optimize.me there are all kinds of connections happening with the large community there. And one of that has just started today is the Optimize for Artists group. It’s simply a monthly get together of artists that are also part of Optimize.me. But it could be anyone honestly.

It was very inspiring speaking with Joshua Johnson, Keri and Julie. All of which are wonderful people and artists and I’m excited to meet with them again next month.

Before our meeting though, I was able to get some practice in for the day.

Warm-Up and Fundamentals Practice

The same as yesterday I practiced drawing boxes with correct perspective from memory and rotating after my warm-up.

It’s going to take several weeks before I’m proficient at this, but I love that I’m learning so much every day with such a seemingly simple exercise.

warm-up and cube practice

Practice 1: Cylinder / Oval

This first practice I created myself to help me most completely understand the concepts in Steve Huston’s book, Figure Drawing For Artists. The book has minimal exercises so I created my own with the help of the principles used in deliberate practice.

The practice, that is part of a larger curriculum is as follows.

Draw a cylinder in many orientations as cleanly and accurately as possible with correct perspective. The cylinder should be drawn transparently and a multitude of ovals should be used to indicate the roundness of the form.

Goal

Eventually get proficient enough that you can draw a whole page of cylinders that meet the criteria above. Within a shorter period of time.

Feedback

  • How long did it take to fill a page with cylinders?
  • Are the lines clean?
  • Is the perspective accurate? Check all cylinders for accurate perspective by using their center line and perpendicular line across the ovals.
  • Do the ovals, circles, straight lines and curved lines flow smoothly?
  • Were you focused the whole time?

Helpful Videos

Cylinder study

The pink lines are my corrections because I forgot to use correct perspective until close to the end of my time.

All in all I’m happy with my current practice but I need to do both a bunch more before I can fill up a page with correct drawings in a short amount of time.

Daily Composition and Daily Sketch

I’m not sure how many times I’ve drawn and painted this tea cup, but here it is again. And it’s still challenging to get correct.

The daily composition is of an employ at Peach Arch park carefully caring for a bed of flowers.

daily composition and daily sketch

What went well?

A wonderful 2 hour conversation with other artists in the Optimize for artists group.

What needs work?

I don’t get to interact with people very much and when I do I tend to talk more about myself then create the space for them to share. I need to work on that.

What did I learn?

Connecting to others, especially artists is wonderful for creating an amazing life that will eventually translate into my artwork.

2 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing the info on the Optimize Artists. Very impressive. I love how you are pretty much a hermit 90% of your week, and stay to yourself (or me), and you are usually perfectly happy to do so. But when you step in front of a Zoom call, you are Mr. Personality and talk a lot. You have great stuff to share, so don’t feel ashamed when you have a platform to share it.

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