Ann: Drawing and Contours

Working on the painting of Ann again today and a few contours to get warmed up.

This stage of Ann’s painting I don’t have much to say about it. I’m just drawing and establishing details and specific value transitions that I want to keep in mind when I begin painting.

But for the contours I have some new insights on how they can really help artists just starting our or even artists that have been drawing for years like me. To be quick and concise here is a quick list of skills that contours help to develop.

  • Deep focus on the drawing and the subject.
  • Getting comfortable with slowing down and letting the process happen naturally.
  • Let go of outcome and let the process take over.
  • Detachment from trying to make a good drawing.
  • Getting out of your head and learning to let go of symbolic ideas.
  • Building up your ability to focus deeply for longer periods of time. Similar to meditation.

I’m glad I’m doing these drawings, I’m beginning to understand why Nicoladies has this as the first exercise in his book. I can also understand why I passed up these types of exercise when I was just beginning to learn. I was naive at that point and just wanted to start making finished work right away and not understanding that anything close to finished well wouldn’t come until after I failed a few thousand times. I know now that if I followed this path early on and stuck with it I would have developed my drawing skills faster.

What went well?

The beginning of he painting is progressing and I’m enjoying learning from Nicolaides.

What didn’t go so well?

I had to cut my time down a bit today due to other engagements.

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

I’m learning a lot about the importance of these contour drawings and I should make it a practice I return to often in the future.

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