I have always loved Art in all it's glory and it's varied forms - pen & ink, charcoal, oils & acrylics. I love the colours and the rich textures that a mere mortal can create if they have some talent, training and a wealth of inspiration. Oh, and did I mention plenty of time on their hands? Yeh, an Artist definitely needs time to create a masterpiece.
Well, I definitely do not call myself an Artist but since beginning Art 105 - Drawing only 5 weeks ago, and the demands placed on the average student with the many projects I must complete, I will most likely be an Artist when the quarter comes to an end.
Admittedly, the first 4 weeks were fraught with much frustration but I think I am beginning to see the light...and also have some confidence in my abilities. I guess it also helps that I am getting top marks in the class.
So we started with basic pencil sketches - in contour and gesture drawings. Moved onto perspectives and values with ink wash & charcoal, we have studied negative space, and trying to train the eye to draw what we see as opposed to what we want to see in the frame. On thursday we will be working with conte crayon and nearing the end of the quarter I will be trying my hand at figure drawing - with a live model. Now that should be interesting?
* Artwork - Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, French (1834 - 1917)
After the Bath, Woman Drying Her Hair, c. 1893-1898
Charcoal and brown chalk on pale pink wove paper
49.7 cm. x 64.4 cm., actual
Fogg Art Museum, Bequest of Meta and Paul J. Sachs, 1965.257