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Art and learning

Posted in drawing with tags , , on January 6, 2008 by brian55peterson

Nude 17I find that as I draw I start to see the world differently. I visualize in planes and values. I’m constantly seeing potential that my skills can’t match yet. I really feel my lack of technical ability is holding me back. Thsi blog is going drive me forward by making me practice. Nothing worth learning in life comes easily, so I have to keep moving and working.

I think I see small improvements in each effort.

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Nude drawing number 15

Posted in drawing with tags , , on January 5, 2008 by brian55peterson

This is the last life figure for a while due to winter holidays etc. Time to switch to winter landscapes and still lifes. I like nudes because I feel they are more challenging to draw and more interesting to the viewer. Anyway here it is. I’m finishing off one more before i start the new series. I’m trying to simplify.Nude

A quote from Robert Genn

Posted in drawing, Pastels with tags , , , , on January 1, 2008 by brian55peterson

Find a sanctuary where you can comfortably work.
Dedicate at least two hours a day to your art.
Have more than enough equipment and supplies.
Set short- and long-term goals and keep track of progress.
Think of your work as exercise, not championship play.
Explore series development and exhaust personal themes.
Work alone with the benefit of books and perhaps tapes.
Replace passive consumption with creative production.
Use your own intuition and master your technology.
Feel the joy of personal, self-generated sweat.
Fall in love with your own working processes.
Be forever on the lookout for the advent of style.
Try to be your own person and claim your rights.
Don’t bother setting yourself up for rejection.
Don’t swing too wildly and damage the well-being of others.
Don’t jump into the ring until you’re feeling fit.

You can see this and more at Painters Key, linked to the right.

Multiple versions

Posted in drawing with tags , , , , on January 1, 2008 by brian55peterson

I typically repeat the drawings any time, each one is different and it seems to revolve around my mood at the time. A lot of what I do is motivated by my subconscious, the weight of the strokes the hardness of edges. These 2 I did last week.
nude-charcoal-scaled.jpgnude-charcoal-2.jpg

Graphite vs Charcoal

Posted in drawing with tags , , , , , on January 1, 2008 by brian55peterson

I like the drama of tone in charcoals vs the subtlety of graphite. Here is a sketch from my notebook done in pencil

I do 2 or 3 a day. This is the model for the charcoal in the earlier post.

Nude sketch graphite 4 x 7 inches

More on the figure

Posted in drawing with tags , , , , on December 31, 2007 by brian55peterson

figurestudy3.jpgI like the incomplete image of this one as well as the strokes. Don’t like the overall tone. I think it lacks range and looks flat.

The Figure Exercise

Posted in drawing with tags , , , , , , on December 30, 2007 by brian55peterson

My first attempt at a figure

Why is drawing the figure important? I like the form, the subtle shading that expresses that form. The effect of shadow and light. Figures have a long history in art education and I think fill a deep psychological need in both the artist and viewer.