25 April 2012

3-points to happier drawing

 (Insert standard apologetic text about lack in updating Blog, here. Is everybody done with that? Okay, so then we can move on). 

  These are from a 4"x6" Sketchbook I kept jammed in my back pocket for two months. And I've rediscovered a useful habit for sketching; self-critique. 

Actually it's the "nice sandwich" mode of critique I found detailed in a book about sports coaching, where the evaluation is restrained to one statement about what went well, what can be improved next time, and how you've improved since last time. Then, apply what you've written into the next drawing. 

   Take for instance the below two sketches done the same afternoon.

 "I - E = D (Inspiration minus Expression equals Depression, a favorite catchphrase of Walt Stanchfield) 

-Appealing Subject (something good, drawing a cute kid in a bike seat instead of the one-millionth slouching commuter walking by)

- Draw Clearly Otherwise it's a mess of scribbles (what can be improved upon in the next sketch, surely, there are several other points in this study that can be attended too, but since I am an artist of very little brain and critical fortitude, the helpful pointer is just about clarity) 

-Good attention to proportions (the bodily proportions in the preceding sketch were embarrassingly wrong.) "

 "Good Foot plant (ground plane issues seem to keep cropping up in my sketches recently, so it's nice to highlight when I get it right)

 - Far too rigid . There are no straight bones in the body.

-Clear, though! (Which is why this study was executed in silhouette: the acid test of clarity) "

I find verbalising directions for improvement keeps me more engaged with on-site reportage, and that keeping critiques restricted to one point of improvement keeps the process fun.

Just a thought, anyway.

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