I really like my art class. It's fun and freeing, and fun some more. Today we worked on gestures, which wasn't at all what I had in mind.
Gestures is basically a fast drawing, like, two minutes or less, that is more or less to get the feel of the space in whatever it is your drawing. So there was a still life scene set up, and we drew what we saw as we saw it. I think the purpose is to get you to see beyond the shape, like you're not looking at an iron or a table, but you're trying to capture the space between the two. Does that even make sense? All I know, is that from this morning, to this afternoon, my drawing has improved, because I look at the subject different. Usually, I get lost in the details... I can never get the nose right, or the hand, or the hair, or whatever. But by putting a time limit on the sketching, you get the overall FEEL, and have a much more natural result. Again, does that even make sense?
So, here's a photo of a charcoal gesture I did in class in 1 minute:
And then just a few minutes ago, I set the microwave timer for two minutes and grabbed my sketchbook, and got this:
Which is not too bad for 2 minutes. It's not perfect, but it's not supposed to be.
ANYWAYS: ART. I LIKE IT.
P.S. My teacher was impressed with me today too. Which made me feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. She was all, "You've never done this? Never?" And I was all, "Sometimes... I color with my kids."