Did I mention my resolution for this year was to Simplify?
My attempts haven’t quite gone as expected these past few weeks as I have more commitments rather than less. So I’ve been asking myself: “Is it better to spend a few good hours on a project, seeking flow? Or is a quick sprint better for productivity?”
I’m currently practicing quick sprints, setting my timer so I jump from one activity to another, and rushing to finish before the buzzer. I also gave myself permission to complete even the simplest sketches over several consecutive days, rather than putting them off because I have a heap of other priorities. I’m not sure this was the best strategy as a drawing that should take 30 minutes is dragging on. But I’m drawing daily, and that’s a good (re)start.
Footnote ~ I can recommend this apple drawing tutorial which I found on the Will Kemp Art School website; it’s part 2 of 3. Part 1 explains the theory of shadows, and part 3 is an acrylic painting tutorial.
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Collage, graphite and gouache on paper.
I’d usually rush through a sketch like this, and scribble it down. For a change I took a little longer to apply the line and tone, pausing to assess what it needed, and refusing to judge my finished sketch. Daily Drawing Take Two.
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This was the view from our Cumbrian cottage last week; no two days of weather were alike. I loved the dark shapes of the skeletal trees against the snow-covered hills, and attempted to simplify their shapes with a retractable pencil in my pocket sketchbook.
WordPress prompt: Simplify
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A medley of yellow plums in: [day 1] collage with pen and ink; [days 2-7] pencil; and [days 8-10] my own recipe of ‘ink’ topped with pencil and conté pastel. The beginning of a new daily drawing habit. Long may it…
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Sketchbook play from my weekly life-drawing class.
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