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Monday, January 11, 2010

365 Days of Drawing Challenge - 356 to go...


Should I cheat?

Various people have said to me, to meet the demands of this daily challenge, that I should stock pile a few drawings to use on days when there is no time to meet the challenge or I should count a 'head study' painting done from life on a given day as a drawing effort.

To me the whole point of the challenge is the daily discipline of hand to eye co-ordination in a 24 hour period. A pianist would not be able to stock pile his daily practice. A runner couldn't either.

Also, if I wanted to cheat I easily could. I have kept every sketch book I ever completed from the very first one. They are fascinating. Not only do they act as a journal but also a record of improvement. My early drawings were terrible. But I do have some good ones in there, finished to a high degree. I don't want to cheat though.

This challenge is about me improving my observational skills. Yesterday's demo for The Santa Paula Art Group, posted later, was aided I think by the drawing I am doing.

I got home from it tired. I said to myself "All I have to do is 30 minutes of drawing". And that is exactly what you see here.

A simple eye. But still a lesson in drawing. Hard and soft edges, structure...


4 comments:

Chance said...

I've just stumbled across your blog, good luck with the 365 pictures

Rhonda Hartis Smith said...

I love your commitment to your drawing and they are all beautiful so far.

Anonymous said...

I am so inspired by your disipline...the only person cheated is oneself......I am such a fan of yours and love that you share with us in your blog!!

Portrait Painting By Johanna Spinks said...

Thank you all...I appreciate your posting. It inspires me to continue..