Monday, January 24, 2011
Je Dessine ("I Draw") Show-and-Tell Monday
I am never going to be able to draw to my own personal satisfaction if I don't challenge myself! Last year I made the commitment of taking a drawing class every week. These were the first art lessons I had ever taken in my life. I had a patient, 85-year old teacher, Ms. Sabrina Terheune. She was fabulous and was always positive. We took a break from classes in the late fall and I have not yet restarted.
I realized that the degree to which you develop your drawing skills is related to how much you practice. The classes with Sabrina showed me that I could indeed draw, but I was not inclined to practice in between my classes. This month I decided that if I were to return to my classes I would first need to establish a drawing discipline.
And to help foster this I need to post my drawings regularly. Not everyday -- but at least once a week. So no matter what my drawings look like, I'm going to hold myself to this. Oh, I'm cringing at the thought. But I want to get past that inner critic and just go for it.
And I want to develop a style and feel a freedom in it. Bottom line, having personal art challenges (like my Daily Journal Page Challenge) and posting my work on my blog makes me be accountable to myself. So I am committing to posting one drawing every Monday for at least three months, and then reevaluate. This group of self portraits is my first submission -- I drew these over the past month.
They are all pretty scary to me. But what's also interesting is that I can also see something evolving from the first to the most recent. Just little things here and there -- from the eyes to the hair to the shape of the face to the style. Interesting...