Figure drawing in graphite today and I focused on deliberate practice as outlined in the book Peak by Anders Ericsson.
The first sketch of the day was just to warmup and I took some notes for a while thinking about what I wanted to accomplish for the life drawing session.
Basically I liked how the model was full of round organic shapes and her surroundings were all geometric so I tried to push that idea while not worrying about getting super detailed or accurate.
What went well?
I was able to practice the 5 steps of Deliberate practice.
- Clear training program
- Steps to take for each session or group of sessions
- Tackle something outside my current ability
- Intense focus during practice
- Immediate feedback after and how to improve
What didn’t go so well?
I would like the figure to be more accurate and I want to find a way to render value without so much rubbing.
What did I learn and/or how can I do better?
I need to constantly do this practice. I should create a little poster on my easel that has the steps.