NaNoDrawMo Drawing 14

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Slight departure tonight. For a while I’ve been meaning to try to draw in a very specific style. Inspired by the drawings of Wes Burt and Joao Ruas, I’m fascinated with their sense of volume and quality of light. And the overall softness of everything.

While I don’t feel like I’m necessarily emulating what they’re pulling off, for me the last seven or eight drawings I’ve done have shifted how I see volume in a pretty significant way. I’m actually starting to get a sense of the topology and overall form of the face in this one. But drawing like this takes a very long time, so I dunno if I’ll attempt more in this vain.

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NaNoDrawMo 2010 Warm-up

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NaNoDrawMo 2010 is upon us. Spent a little time tonight getting acquainted with a new “clutch” pencil (see the Art Alternatives Clutch Pencil Set). Not fond of the quality of the graphite that came with it, but I bought some others while I was at the store. Maybe those will be better.

I’m setting some constraints for myself this year, so that the set of drawings that comes out of November can be viewed as a series. Here’s what I’m focusing on:

  • 30 minute time limit per drawing
  • Graphite
  • White 6″ x 9″ drawing paper with approx. a 1″ border all around
  • Human figure is the subject matter

I’m going to try to work on some selective emphasis techniques as well as really trying to make page composition a conscious decision this time around. Last year, I used NaNoDrawMo as a crutch for simply getting back into the habit of drawing. While I’m still not drawing as regularly as I’d like, I definitely improved because of last year’s efforts. I’m really looking forward to this month and what comes of it.

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First Watercolor

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I’m really pretty clueless about watercolors. The only painting that I even remotely know anything about is acrylic. And watercolor is not acrylic. I watch videos on YouTube of people mixing and painting with watercolor, and it seems so fluid for them (the actual act of painting). Maybe it’s just because I’m new to all this, but it’s really frustrating right now.

I’ll keep at it, but I can’t promise anything good will come out of it.

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