SURRENDER TO RENDER

DOWNTON ABBEY TEA. AFTERNOON TEA © ELLEN WARD 2013. All Rights Reserved. DO not reproduce reblog or pin. Ink on paper

AFTERNOON TEA © ELLEN WARD 2013. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Ink on paper

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.
Art is knowing which ones to keep.
SCOTT ADAMS

Library Meeting. © ELLEN WARD 2013. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Ink on paper

Library Meeting. © ELLEN WARD 2013. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Ink on paper

PIGS. © ELLEN WARD 2013. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Ink on paper

PIGS. © ELLEN WARD 2013. All Rights Reserved. Do not reproduce reblog or pin. Ink on paper

The best drawings leave things out. Call this method abstraction, simplification or just good editing: leaving an image open leaves room for the viewer.

Learning to draw requires leaving something out as well: your inner critic. Drawing and self doubt get on like two Beta fish in glass bowl. Progress, if we are going to think in those terms, cannot happen if you are not engaging fully with a drawing process. Silence the din in the noggin.

Draw frequently with great attention.Try different approaches to focus your efforts. Think of the sketches as problem solving.

These drawings deal with simplifying a complex scene into shapes of shadow. They chart light. They must be done in about fifteen minutes. They use a simple tool that is not detail oriented, so I do not try to become literal in my response to the reference.

Do not aim to win perfection or you will get paralysis as a door prize. Aim for satisfaction of some basic drawing goal:

• describing a condition of light

• finding the proportions and gesture for a likeness

• creating a focal moment within a broad landscape

• minimizing detail and maximizing graphic impact

If you are concentrating enough on the task you can let the ego go and surrender to the process of seeing.

SURRENDER TO RENDER.

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2 Responses to “SURRENDER TO RENDER”

  1. Ron Parkerson Says:

    These drawings and the others are wonderful. I love pen and ink and the contrast. Your accompanying comments are instrictive and encouraging to this beginner.

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