i did something new today. went over the mia and did a few sketches!
i recently brought my old sketchbook to work for something i did with a group, so i had to be resourceful. i looooove to be resourceful (that’s the backing of a square picture frame, paper cut-to-fit, and fasteners):
i did a couple warm ups that i didn’t like so much but then i found this beautiful photograph taken in 1904 by Edward S. Curtis, called “Navajo Woman.” Here’s my sketch:
this was an awesome painting that i’d never seen before, it must be in a new exhibit. Reginald Marsh’s “Star Burlesque” – I just did a small detail.
This last sketch is of a statue i’ve been looking at since i was a kid going to the mia on field trips! “The Algerian,” by Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier. I really enjoyed smudging the pencil lines for shading in the skin.
super fun! i like drawing and i always forget that. i like looking for the shapes and not being intimidated by taking all of it in at once. i had one drawing class in high school and then this sculpture class in college that changed my life. they used lots assignments about doing a fast and crude sculpture of a model for like one minute and then they would change to a new position and you do it again. just to get over yourself and your own perfectionism. i was really good at that fast and crude business. what i liked about sketching today was not worrying that it was a duplication of the work. my lines are always a little exaggerated and curvier than the originals but i like that. this is fun! i would like to try live model drawing, too.
good God i can’t wait until i have more time on my hands after i graduate! however, i will continue to take small opportunities like today in the meantime.