don't think the failure or success of a drawing has to do with the drawing
ideas that the artist starts with. He or she could choose pretty much anything
and make a go of it, don't you think? It also doesn't depend on whether the
artist chooses to create easy drawings or ones that are more demanding. No--foremost,
the success of a drawing lies in how it is created. This could be something
unusual in the contour drawing, for example, or in how the artist executes the
figure. These are the things that can lead to a work you are proud of.
|Umbrage by Amy Cutler, 2001, gouache on paper, 29 x 41 1/2. Cutler is an artist who
works heavily in her sketchbooks, where doodled ideas and concepts often turn out to
be the seeds of ideas that lead to full-scale gouache drawings.
when you are sitting down with your sketchbook, don't waste a lot of time
mentally toiling over what to draw, selecting and discarding ideas because they
"aren't quite right." I would argue that they are all quite right--so just go
with what pops into your head and figure out how to pull something special out
of the way you draw it.
|Saddlebacked by Amy Cutler, 2002, gouache on paper, 30 x 22 3/4.
like practicing how to draw a cube or a sphere can become
exercises in ingenuity if you let them. All you have to do is not get caught up
in whether what you are doing is a good idea. Instead, focus on how to make
what you are doing great. It's just a slight change in thinking, yet it has
done wonders for me. I've stopped wasting time being self-critical and now
spend more time working on drawings, which is what I want most anyway. I hope
it works the same for you!
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