Too Close to a Copy

The Indiana Jones drawing is looking great but unfortunately it’s too close to a copy. I’ve either lost the motive or didn’t have it fixed in my mind well enough when I started.

The purpose of art, as I see it, is to express myself. To tell a story of my life. To communicate some thought or feeling I have that goes beyond words and can only be expressed in the language of charcoal, paint or marble.

Anything else is just copying.

“There can be no delight in considering a technique that is without motive.”

Robert Henri

Indiana Jones in Charcoal

Before I start tomorrow’s art session I need to sit down and really put some thought into this drawing and come up with what I really want to communicate and how I can bend all my strokes of charcoal and graphite to that one purpose.

Afterwards I’m going to create a plan on starting any project that will keep me from coming too close to a copy again.

Previous Indiana Jones Drawing Posts

Quick Contour Drawings

I was introduced to a new exercise in The Natural Way to Draw today. It’s called the quick contour. Similar to a regular contour but I can do it faster, 5-10 minutes.

Here is how Nicolaides describes it.

“In the long contour you move slowly, a particle of a second to a particle of a second, whereas with the quick contour your eye on the model moves quickly and your pencil on the paper moves quickly. However, you continue to have exactly the same consciousness that the pencil is actually touching the contours. The difference is like the difference in moving your hand quickly or slowly over a piece of wood. When you go quickly, the changes pile fast on one another and only the crescendos of movement will be felt. The contrasts are emphasized. The smooth, uneventful forms take a second place and the more eventful or exciting forms become intensified. Always draw the whole figure. In the beginning you may have some difficulty in getting exactly the right pace, but through practice you will learn the relationship of the time you have to the amount of study you have to accomplish.”

Kimon Nicolaides

Figure Drawing for Artists Exercises

Today’s exercise from Steve Huston’s book was somewhat similar to the first exercise. But for this exercise he has taken the training wheels off a bit and let me go at it on my own.

I look at this wonderful painting by Sorolla and sculpture by Rodin and draw good structural forms that I see without any of Steve’s examples to help.

Like many things in art I automatically assume that it will not be that hard. Then inevitably my ignorance shines through like a spotlight on my bad drawings. Good thing I love learning and practice.

Steve Huston Exercises

Daily Composition and Object Sketch

A tape dispenser and another person walking down the sidewalk in front of our living room window.

Daily composition and daily sketch

The description of the daily composition exercise says to keep the drawing simple but unfortunately my line quality and ability to compose is not near as great as it will be so I feel a need to embellish with color.

What went well?

A full art day, despite my lack of time throughout the day!

What needs work?

I plan my day in the morning but my work, lately, has been hijacking the rest of my day. I’m super grateful to have such a wonderful job though.

What did I learn and/or how can I do better?

I hope to recognize when my drawings are too close to a copy earlier on in the process and make adjustments right away.

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