My thoughts on drawing
|A painting of mine from last year|
This isn't to say I dislike drawing - I do not. I just haven't had as much time spent with it as I have with painting, and I think I'm in two different places with the two skills, but I think it's important to have that kind of awareness. The amount of time I spent this semester on my pieces has been significantly more than I ever thought it would be, but it has helped me to understand that good drawing takes just as much time as a good painting, if not more. This class has shown me the importance of lines, and has shown me how to mimic color within a single shade. It has shown me dimensional representation and the benefits of observation, then replication. This is something I find really interesting because it's exactly how I paint. I am not someone who can paint an imaginary image or put together a landscape from my mind's eye. I need to be looking at something, and when I spend the time with a subject or another artist's work, I'm always really happy with how my own work turns out. What I realized in my previous blog post's research is that this is exactly how many famous self-taught (and non-self-taught) drawers and painters learned as well. I thought this was an interesting connection, though I do sometimes take liberties with the pieces I create.
|(Top) an Afremov and (bottom) my own version, worked from observation with some creative liberties|
I think I have definitely improved in drawing this semester. I have learned skills I didn't realize I was missing, like for example how your brain can spatially trick you - I spent a half an hour fixing the edge of the table in our second in-class assignment (below). I have learned about weight, arrangement, editing, the value of an eraser, and time-management. Drawing is really hard at Duke. It's not an easy course, and it can be tough to balance things that deserve time when you don't have much time to give. But, I've really enjoyed it. I'm glad I got to take a class I wanted to for once, rather than one I had to.