Sunday, August 31, 2008


I'm taking a couple of drawing classes. These are some quick sketches from the animal and wildlife illustration class. Figurative drawing is such sweet torture! I really love the physical part, from the feel of the paper to making a really free flowing line. The rapid sketching, capturing the movement and spirit rather than dwelling on the details, is wonderfully satisfying.

It's the mental part - is it right? why not? what happened to the spirit of the figure? - that fights with the pleasure my hand feels. I know the more I do this, the better my hand will perform.

Fortunately, no matter how good the drawing might eventually get, my brain will always be dissatisfied, at least a little. No complacency allowed!