I’m going to be at the Reverie workshop and I want to make a positive contribution. Checking the forum, I find that this sketchbook section attracts the most viewers so I thought I’d say a few things here.
Drawing is everything. When I was sixteen, I made over 400 drawings during that winter and spring. I drew mostly with a 2B pencil on typewriter paper. I drew during every spare moment. I’m heartened when I see your sketchbooks and see the way you’re always drawing at the Concept workshops. You remind me of me. When I was teaching university, I was disheartened by students who hadn’t paid their drawing dues, for unless you practice, you simply don’t know how to make lovely lines.
If you draw well, then sculpting, painting, Photoshop, Painter, everything else – is relatively easy.
I wish I’d done more serious copying. Really accurate serious copying! Back in the dark ages of the 20th century, copying was discouraged. We had to be original! Very stupid. The old masters learned by copying. Art museums were originally set up so art students could copy master works. If you are moved by something, copy it! That way you’ll get your mind inside your inspiration and you’ll learn much faster.
Indulge yourselves. Let your art lead you. This field is so hard, that unless you have fun all the time, you’ll give up. It’s nice to have lots of talent, but talent alone is very overrated. Endless practice is everything.
Reverie will be filled with wonderfully talented teachers who’ve allowed their art to take them in all kinds of directions. You’ll see some very advanced stuff going on. Massive Black has invited me to the workshop because of my painting specialty, but I really want to work with people on basics. I hope I can be there for those of you who have questions. I hope I can work with you one-on-one and help make this a worthwhile experience. We are all learning. It's good to get together and share. If I can help anybody, please know that I don’t believe there are any dumb questions.
Now to let me belong here, I've attached a few drawings.
Last edited by emily g; March 19th, 2009 at 12:10 AM.
I've never felt right about copying other people's work even for practice, but I think my art suffers for that.
I'm going to open a new sketchbook just to do copies in.
I wish I could be at your workshop.
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