Thursday, September 13, 2007
Charcoal sketch- 15 mins
I was disturbed and had to put this self portrait down but I am thrilled with how far I got in the time I had.
I could never have done this much, with decent accuracy, in 15 mins last year...Sketching regularly has proved so beneficial and I am so pleased I set it as my goal this summer and ignored everything else. I feel more confident too, able to change or add elements and experiment. The fact that 99% of my sketching has been 'from life' rather than image references has enriched my knowledge and understanding enormously and I can now draw with my eyes, putting onto paper what they really see and having the courage to persist even when it looks a little odd at first, which it often does which is why we usually 'correct it' to meet with the image in our memory bank and get it so wrong! I find the correct lines much quicker now and the fear of failure has long gone.
I look forward to my time in the studio this winter, taking with me all I have learned and achieved through my sketchbooks will no doubt be an exciting time for me.
I am full to the brim and ready to explode...Just saying that makes me giggle and gives me butterflies!
God I love what I do!!!