I have taught my students not to apply rules
or mechanical ways of seeing.
Back drawing the figure regularly after a hiatus of more than a decade.
Clocked a lot of time in dark studios in the past, mostly in New York: Spring Street Studio ( a.k.a. Minerva’s group ), SVA, PARSONS, ART STUDENTS LEAGUE, … the list goes on and on.
Back then, I was using CONTE CRAYON, pencil, or charcoal. Now I am using ink. If the drawing is not truthful in the first few meaningful strokes, all the erasure in the world probably won’t help. Ink keeps you honest. Ink forces you to be AWAKE: every moment, every stroke.
The best book: JAMES McMULLAN, HIGH FOCUS DRAWING
McMullan also has an OPINIONATER blog about approaches to drawing called LINE BY LINE.
Check him out!
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