Monday, January 18, 2016
Drawing -- my New Year's resolution
After three years of daily collage, I decided to shift gears in 2016 and have my daily art be drawing. I've bought a little sketchbook and am filling a page every day. But I've done something even more radical and signed up for ART 101 at University of Louisville -- the first formal art course I've ever taken in my life.
So for the first time in my life I find myself with a serious big sketchbook, not the dinky, unthreatening little ones that I am hesitantly becoming comfortable with.
It's an online course, which makes life a whole lot easier than shlepping to campus. But taking a drawing class at home requires different kinds of assignments, of course. Even if you have a husband or roommate on premises there's no guarantee of a live model willing to sit still for you on demand. So this week we're drawing our own feet, plus an irregularly shaped vegetable and a glass bottle.
I had to go out and buy a whole raft of pencils in different varieties, and have discovered that I like the charcoal pencils better than the graphite. I'm trying to become confident with a darker, bolder mark, wrestling with my inner wimp who wants to make teeny weeny faint lines so nobody can see my hesitations and mistakes. I'll keep you posted on how things go.
If you want to follow along with my daily drawing, I'm posting once a week to my daily art blog. But maybe you'd rather wait till later in the year when I get a little better at it.