What is about drawing with pencils that leaves me feeling deflated, and yet every time I prepare to draw, it’s the first thing I pick up? After many years of using graphite as my primary medium, you would think:
a). I enjoy pencil drawing; and
b). I’m at least comfortable, if not confident, handling it.
I go to a regular life-drawing class, and always take a handful of pencils with me – a couple of regular pencils in different grades, a graphite stick for thicker lines, and a watersoluble pencil, too. Several options to choose from when the teacher says ‘go’.
My default technique is a few quick sketchy outlines, ideal for quick warm-up drawings when we have just enough time to capture the essence of a pose. My hand moves so swiftly over the paper, class mates are often surprised at how much I can accomplish in just a minute or two. The trouble is I use a similar drawing technique for longer, focussed drawings, maybe with a few scribbles for shadowy areas, with very little thought about the finished piece.
When I review my life-drawings I consider the quality of line, level of accuracy, whether or not I captured the whole pose in the allotted time, and I’m often disappointed. After three years of regular attendance it appears I’m still struggling to get a grip on graphite. Is this through fear, laziness, impatience or boredom?
Have you ever mastered something after changing your mindset or your method?
WordPress Prompt: Struggle
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