Okay, I survived the first day and boy was it hard work.
Who’d have thought “art” would be work! (hehehehe - to all my art buddies I really have new found respect for the “work” you all put into your art)
So...in this Creative Drawing course the object is to get in the groove with “sketching” - to map out a plan based on an accurate portrayal of what we see before us.
In this first class, objects (fruits and bottles) were place on a table in the centre of the room and based on what we saw we were to pick a few of the items to sketch..loose lines nothing definitive.
That would be no defined lines or attempts at shadowing - just loose line sketching. (what part about that didn't I get)
Here’s where we learn that Jenny is NOT good at following instructions. (This might help explain why I work for myself)
Class started at 12:30 and at 1:00 we were sketching - suffice it to say although we did receive instructions on what not to do, we weren’t bogged down with what to do...does that make sense!
Anyway, when the first grouping of objects had been arranged I jumped in and started sketching the green bottle and some fruit. (eager little beaver!)
Then came the critiquing.
I was the first on the chopping block. (the price of sitting at the front) The instructor would, one by one, sit in our chairs and look at the objects from our vantage point to see if we were accurately sketching what we saw.
Did I mention I am thick-skinned...well, let me mention it here! Okay, I took it like a woman, a man would have dealt with it by stepping out back.
But...it was all good and valid and very useful...and justified! I was way off on some of the placement of the fruit - who’d have thought…!
An hour later the table, with the objects, was turned so we’d all have a different perspective, and by then I was getting in the sketching groove. (aka “the rut”)
This go-around I took my time...yes, that was one of the “to do” things our instructor, Georgia Youngs, talked to us about when we first arrived. Don’t rush in the early stages - so with that in mind I went to town.
Here is what I saw on the table…
And here is what I sketched...(it needed a ton of tweaking and I had to go buy a second eraser already)
Good news is I can only get better. (so I’m told!)
What about you, have you had to learn something that was harder than you first thought?
(and not necessarily art related)