August 28, 2012


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.


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."