LEARNING TO DRAW AGAIN: EVERYDAY

DRAWING1. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

DRAWING1. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

Anyone who considers protocol important has never dealt with a cat.
ROBERT A. HEINLEIN

DRAWING 2. © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN.

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SEPTEMBER : the time to teach and relearn drawing.

Get a sketchbook and begin again, EVERY DAY.

Since limitation usually fosters better creative results, here are a few of the rules of the road:

• Throw away the eraser

• Draw in 15 minute increments at least 5x a week

• Draw only from life

• 85% of the process relies on blind contour drawing tempered by carefully observed contour drawing

• Abandon expectation and embrace the process

• Realize that on a base level, the skill part of the equation is no different than carpentry: no practice = no progress

• Never draw elements out of spatial context, render complete environments: no floating objects or lone eyeballs.

• EMBRACE THE 3 NECESSITIES: proportion, gestural truth, and meaningful mark-making.

• Do it. Do not think about doing it.

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4 Responses to “LEARNING TO DRAW AGAIN: EVERYDAY”

  1. Joe Nevin Says:

    Hi there

    Love the blog. Like the idea of process rather than outcome to get going and the freedom of limitation.

    Still, I also really like your pathological doodlin’. You really should develop this…kind of like how a three minute pop song or a Georgian novel has a structure.

    Think about it, you have a literary mind so this gives a great opportunity for left field throw-away stuff. The illustrations and text allow a 2D arrangement, which is really fun. Your drawing line is perfect for illustration.

    As one visiting American art tutor we had (I’m Scottish) advised me one day: Don’t be a hit and run artist. What he meant was, once you hit pay-dirt keep digging.

    I don’t mean that you should polish the drawings and photoshop it to death. I mean I think you should do more because they’re really good.

    All the best

    Joe

    PS Maybe put one or two of the posters up somewhere and see the reaction. You might get a bad reaction at a hospital though!

    • invincible pioneer Says:

      Much thanks for the considered response to the work and your helpful thoughts! I have a bunch more… that are refined but I tend not to post this work as I lump it with my ILLUSTRATIVE genre—and only use this blog for spontaneous drawing. The off the cuff drawing is my potato chip: the guilty pleasure of the day. You have inspired me to post some more in the future! Since I committed to the sketchbook as a lifestyle choice it has become this kind of creative ant farm: ideas seem to pop up without working for them. Some are a bit funky to be sure, but doing these melodramatic retro pieces crack me up! And at the end of the day a good laugh is the best nite cap!
      Thank you again and will post more soon!

  2. Naomi Says:

    So encouraging! I made the decision the first of this month to draw more frequently, practice studies and sketches. Anything to get pen on paper (or pen on tablet in my case).
    Somehow I lost your blog on my feed. Adding you again and am looking forward to more of your wonderful illustrations!

    Oh, and I agree with Joe. More illustrations!

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