The month of Discovery has been full of amazing art and instruction.
What have your epiphanies been?
Here are (some of) mine:
1. SEE THE SHAPE....mass the shapes you are trying to draw. This is the number one idea for me [edit: pay attention to silhouettes....think of a dark thing against a light thing or a light thing against a dark thing]
2. Draw, draw draw....from life, so you understand the world, figures and objects well enough to "make things up" (and well enough so we understand what we are seeing)
3. Get references...shoot your own intelligently photographed references. Don't draw from snapshots, especially those made with a flash
4. Master the materials so you can concentrate on the PICTURE....we are about picture-making, not photoshop or any particular media. I work on the computer a lot, so this affects me greatly....it is mostly a shift in my thinking about what I am doing. The picture is not about how we produce it...the material is a means to an end.
5. I have been inspired by each of the instructors to view art and 'seeing" in different ways...each instructor has a point of view which has really been on display during this portfolio week.
[edit: I totally forgot to note the 5 steps of ideation....doh! the most important part of foundation week!]
And when I view the on demand I am sure I will come up with more!
Fantastic fantastic experience and well worth the time and money. Thank you to all of the Art Department instructors and support staff. This was quite an undertaking and your hard work was evident throughout.
Off to make art!