Sketchbook – 26-NOV-2011

I’m almost exclusively drawing in my sketchbook at this point.  With the new baby and work, there isn’t much time left for larger projects.  I would really like to get back to sculpture, but for me, it all starts with drawing.  The power is in the original sketch.  If the drawing is weak, the subsequent painting or sculpture will be weak.  For me, I look at drawing as practicing the beginning over and over.  It is tremendously satisfying.  I don’t have to get caught up in the fussiness of rendering or coloring.  I need to work on both of those as well, but for now, these drawings capture my intent.

I am also making a concerted effort to memorize more anatomy.  I have the major muscles and bones memorized.  Now I’m working on the smaller, less obvious ones.  In December, I’m going to focus on origins and insertions.  I really notice how much more confident my drawings are when I have an understanding of what I am looking at from the inside out.

One of my favorite things about drawing is when one line describes multiple forms overlapping each other.  In particular the way his left arm is resting on his leg.  The alternating of hard and soft as muscle rests against bone.
You can view more of my figure paintings and drawings.
As always, comments welcome.

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