The Many Ways to Learn to Draw Workshop

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 workshop.

It’s really interesting revisiting three of the ways you can learn to draw, two of which I haven’t done for a long time. This is a learning experience for myself and hopefully others when I give the workshop.

The three methods that I used today was “The Envelope/Block-in” popularized by Anthony Ryder, “Detail first” used by Richard Schmid and Harley Brown and “Mass Drawing” described in Harold Speed’s book The Practice & Science of Drawing.

My preferred way to draw currently is the detail first method. I’ve been doing it for a while now even though it is very contrary to many of the ways drawing is taught. But I like it because it takes extreme focus, constant comparison and there is a high margin for error. But everything you put down is finished so you can leave the drawing at any state and it can be “done”.

The other drawing methods I think I want to cover are. The Reilly Method, Sight Size, Constant Measuring, Structural Method, Gestural, Simple forms, Contour, Scribble Method, etc… Yeah, for a 4 day workshop I may not want to overwhelm the students with too much…

I think it’s important for every artist to know that there are lots of ways to learn to draw. Not one of them are perfect and most of them will not work for each individual. Plus, all of them can be used all the time by the same artist and even on the same drawing.

What went well?

This is the last of the drawing I need to do for Jansen Art Center advertisements.

What didn’t go so well?

The mass drawing didn’t go well at all.

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

When I do mass drawing next I think it would be best to use big chunks of charcoal and newsprint rather than graphite. Vine charcoal always seemed to be the best for this in the past.

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