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George’s Artistic Adventure: Drawing, Day Two

Read my post from the first week of class here.

Instructor George started off class this morning with a quick demo of our still life setup, which included our bottle friend from last time as well as a pear-like object and a pyramid on its side.

He told us fear of drawing is a major obstacle to success, and we resolved to spend the rest of class making lots of marks and mistakes. We also discussed how to measure relative sizes of objects using a pencil held at arm’s length — the classic artist’s pose — which I tried to employ more since that was something I struggled with last time.

Our focus is still on simple shapes, and the pyramid is easiest in that regard. Instructor George showed us how to build the pear shape with one larger and one smaller sphere.

During his rounds, he advised me to reposition my easel so I didn’t have to peer around the edge. Instead, he said, I should take a cue from the chameleon, looking at both the subject and my paper at the same time, or (since my eyes don’t go that way) glancing often back and forth.

Here’s what I had near the end of class:

I got some homework this week: to get accustomed using my hand as a tool, I’m going to be practicing drawing straight lines and shading.

Tomorrow: my first stained glass class!

— George

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