Figuary

Maybe you’ve heard of Inktober? It’s a daily challenge to draw with ink every day in October. Now we have Figuary, a friendly challenge to draw from a human model each day. One organization (Love Life Drawing) has daily drawing instruction and one has video of models in timed poses (Croquis Cafe).

Here is my 5 min sketch for today:

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And here is my No. 1 art assistant:

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figures with backgrounds

In the past, I’ve done portraits and figures and tried to invent the background. Not always successfully, not always effectively. And not really understanding what the problem is/was.

Now I’m working on figures WITH backgrounds (from photos) that make some good compositional sense.

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resolved

You know that procrastination you do about that thing that scares you? I joined a Meet Up group online that lists local live model figure drawing classes weekly. Week after week I received the notices. After week. After week. Then I made it a New Year’s resolution to go. Today I did. It was easy, perfect, relaxed, serious. Yay!

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blue tape philosophy

A post on Facebook declared that Picasso created about 50,000 art works, of which 100 today are known/valued. The point of the post was that art is a numbers game – and not every thing you make is going to be quality, revolutionary, evanescent.

But you/I will have made it.

I regularly put stuff up that I’ve made – but not framed – I put it up with blue painter’s tape. I’m looking at it, I’m thinking about it, but I see it all as practice and learning. It’s rarely a finished product.

That being said, I can also still get moody – up-moody or down-moody about the process, my stuff. Helps to notice that, and remember that the critical mind cannot make a damn thing.

chairs, oil, 9×12 inches

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Inktober

5E3F986F-9640-486E-AC29-40DFDEC983A9I don’t use pen and ink much at all. It’s wonderful – but I haven’t. I was aware of “Inktober” which is a daily challenge to draw with ink and post drawings online. A different word is given as a daily prompt. I participated this year, with a small online community and just finished. I’m posting some of my favorites below! You’re welcome to guess which prompt goes with which drawing.

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