So, I've been thinking of picking up a mentor ship and dilly-dallying about the whole thing, until I saw that someone I knew got picked up. So I decided it was high time to do one of these sketchbook dealies. I have a blog too but this has a much more direct audience connection.
I don't really want to post old work so I whipped up a boxer study to open the topic.
So, some intro tidbits about myself as an artist:
- Working from observation
- I'm pretty good at being able to critique myself and I can correct most drawing problems in my work. I enjoy my drawings, I can look back at them and some of reminisce about the line work.
- Looking at other people's work
- I love looking at colors, particularly colors in flesh. I like finding little formal quirks in good work. Trying to dissect what makes this work and finding compositional patterns.
- I find this an odd strength, but I meet so many people who feel cowed by good work. I actively look for good work because I like to try to break it down to the good parts, trying to figure out the process and breaking down the strokes and tools used.
- Being productive
- Aside from doing studies, I don't find myself willing to be productive in my "creative" work. It feels disconnected if I work on some random character for practice. If its an assignment or for work, I'm all over it, but otherwise I have other ways to fulfill my creative impulses. I have a hard time doing stuff "just because" even though I know I need to do them.
- Having a studio art degree, a lot of my process comes from working through observation. I can rely on information being there to build up on. So its always a shock when I realize I need to invent information, things get hazy and vague and it damages the picture.
- I have poor pre-sketch habits, I really ought to thumbnail out pictures where there's a lot of information I need to invent but I tend to just go at it which randomly succeeds/fails depending on how quickly I find something exciting to latch onto for the whole picture.