I wish I had more moments like this one. I finished eating an apple, and something about the apple core sitting on my mattress cover was calling me, telling me to draw it. Sounds crazy, but have you ever had one of those moments, where you just see a perfect gesture waiting to be captured?...and then bam! There it is. It's not a masterpiece, but it's real. From the heart is what I'm going for. No academic B.S. I want my art to have soul.
No feedback please...I realize the eye is not in the right spot. What made me so happy doing this sketch, is that I'm finally starting to sketch from memory. I've been watching a portrait painting DVD and a painting the features DVD again, and again...and it's starting to sink in.
Drawing from memory is huge! If anyone is interested in the subject, get your hands on an out-of-print copy of "The Training of the Memory In Art and the Education of the Artist" by Horace Lecoq de Boisbaudran, a French art professor whose techniques were used by Rodin, Degas, Whistler and numerous others. The man was a genius. Art schools and art professors everywhere should be drooling over this guy. Yet he is barely known. His students could out-perform the most talented students at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. They actually staged a competition, sanctioned by the Beaux Arts, that pitted top Lecoq's students with top Beaux Arts students - they were specifically asked to draw detailed masterpieces from memory after some study. And Lecoq's students whooped *ss.