Iím 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 Iíd 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. Iím heartened when I see your sketchbooks and see the way youíre always drawing at the Concept workshops. You remind me of me. When I was teaching university, I was disheartened by students who hadnít paid their drawing dues, for unless you practice, you simply donít know how to make lovely lines.
If you draw well, then sculpting, painting, Photoshop, Painter, everything else Ė is relatively easy.
I wish Iíd 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 youíll get your mind inside your inspiration and youíll learn much faster.
Indulge yourselves. Let your art lead you. This field is so hard, that unless you have fun all the time, youíll give up. Itís nice to have lots of talent, but talent alone is very overrated. Endless practice is everything.
Reverie will be filled with wonderfully talented teachers whoíve allowed their art to take them in all kinds of directions. Youíll 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 donít 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 01:10 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.
Daryl Zero: "A few words here about following people. People know they're being followed when they turn around and see someone following them. They can't tell they're being followed if you get there first."
It's the inspiring speeches like this that keep me working towards my goals. Jason Manley, You, countless others, all keep the inspiration flowing with such beautiful words of wisdom!
Thats exactly how i felt after reading Mr. Whitakers Post, and seeing his lovely drawings with those words in the back of your mind, is just something so deeply moving and motivating(if that even makes sense)..
Noodledoodle, let your art carry you along and youíll have it all eventually.
Chupacabra, what a great site you have and that music is perfect!
Gilead, copy away. Copy whatever inspires you the most. You will cut years off your learning curve.
PieMonster, Iím glad I make it look easy. Sometimes I wish it were actually so.
Frank Gressie, have a great subject and the drawing practically creates itself.
DanielC, thank you for posting. You too Espenboi.
Victor B, weíd love to have you there too, but itís a long walk isnít it.
MarkWinters, start in on me and I simply wonít shut up. Ask Emily G.
Thank you kindly Ďej.
Daniel, you say the nicest things. Very nice of you to comment.
Meticulous, thank you for your comment.
Matte Art, itís learning and sharing that keeps us going. I expect to be inspired by people like you in Dallas.
Kevinwueste, we all learn from each other. Ainít this a great forum?
Krossj, itís a treat to share when I get great comments like yours.
Hive MinD, thereís a lot of inspiring work in Norway, mostly unknown 19th century artists. Explore your museums.
Polipol, your 30 second gestures are terrific. Do a billion more!
Pencil1, go for your dream and change the world.
Donalfall, I intend to have a great time, as long as I get plenty of naps too.
Mike, Iíd love to see more of your work.
In the next couple of days Iím going to post some close-ups. When I go to a museum I always make the guards nervous because I want to get in close! I donít care what is going on in a painting as much as how itís done.
These heads are all painted in oil on panel, and fairly directly. My favorite brushes are Trekell Long Filbert #2, Trekell kolinsky watercolor round #1 and #4.
These heads are all small -one to three inches high.
Wow! What an amazing artist and teacher you are. Thank you for sharing your passion with us and your words of wisdom. If you have a spare moment and wouldn't mind, I would love to get some feed back from you on my modest attempt at an online sketchbook. (see my sig. below)
Looking forward to future updates.
I also thank you for your words of wisdom. Originality is important but your statement about copying has really made me realize how essential it is to the learning process. I want to draw another master copy after reading your opening post. Thank you so much.