As I was struggling to pull my drawings together, I realized that it
didn't matter how good my line got, because I couldn't tell what I was
looking at. The topic was the human body, and more specifically, the
back. If you've gone through life drawing, perhaps you know the
problem. You're sitting in your workshop, a reasonably muscular man is
posing, his back is turned to you, and... what is going on? What are
all those bumps and ridges?
From the time I started drawing, I have had a constant battle with
myself over how to start. For years I have been looking for the one
right way to sketch in a composition or block-in an underpainting. Lately, and with the help of my Studio Incamminati
instructors, I have learned that there are several ways to start, and
that none of these is "the way" but one of many tools in the toolbox.
What a relief!