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Here’s the concept for my final series
I never liked taking an extensive amount of time on a drawing. I like fast-paced drawing and having a small window of time to work with. I enjoy the loss of pressure that goes in with that: ‘if it turns out alright that’s awesome considering you had only a small amount of time to work with! / if it turns out poorly, it’s no big deal, you only had ___ minutes to work with!’
Learning to sketch quickly and to capture the figure in a short amount of time is very important! But you shouldn’t let that technique hold you back from longer drawings, and for a while (and still now) I let it intimidate me quite a lot.
So my final series (5 drawings, each on a 18x24 canvas) will be called ‘Pushing’, and like the name indicates it’s about breaking down the self-restrictive barriers I’ve placed around myself in relation to how much I believe my skills can produce.
Aah that was a mouthful, but…
I notice that when I draw, I tend to sketch rapidly and pick up on what I believe is there. It may not necessarily be. In this series I’ll force myself to slow down my hands (and my brain) and really observe and take everything in before going straight from the pencil to the page.
For each of the 5 pieces, there’ll be 3 drawings on each page. The ‘regular’, the ‘slower-pace’ and the ‘push’
I’m trying really hard not to backspace that paragraph I feel like it sounds really pretentious LOL okay we’re keeping this moving
The ‘Regular’ is how I’d normally go about drawing people. Quick movements, skimming the features, getting the jist of how I see them as.
‘Slower-pace’ is me shifting gears, putting things into place more and shushing the thing inside my head that tells me to ignore ignore ignore. I draw what’s right in front of me, and not what I perceive to be there.
And finally, the ‘Push’ is me racking my brain into taking in every detail that I possibly can. It’s forcing myself to capture everything and not succumbing to that nagging feeling of telling myself I can’t do it and to just hurry up. It’s drawing exactly what is present.
I practiced this method using my own face in my 9x12 sketchbook
They’ll overlap just because I really dig the aesthetic of that
This week I’ll contact 4 friends and ask if they’d like to help me out with this. I’ll ask them to send me 3 photos of them facing right, left, and straight-forward so that I can draw them, stupid simple yeah?
I mean, the idea is stupid simple, bringing it to fruition is…challenging. Especially since I feel kind of insecure about my abilities at this point but THAT’S THE POINT, even if I fail I’m gonna try something new I gotta try something new
So yeah that’s my plan. It’s due in 3 weeks so I’m gonna get to contacting people to loan me their faces.
If y’all could send me positive messages/just wish me luck I’d really appreciate it! I’m lowkey freaking out about this not gonna lie haha
Thanks for reading!
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