I had several long breaks today between the courthouse, the printer, and an old friend with a cool offer.Â During one of those breaks I went down to The University of Science and Arts, a local college.Â I sat in the shade behind the library over looking the chapel while I ate my sardines in hot sauce and drank my 8oz. Diet Dr. Pepper.Â While sitting there, I broke out the mini sketch kit and played around a bit.Â I like how this one turned out and am VERY eager to do more.Â It’s like that.Â When you do something that shows obvious improvement or that you think looks very good, you are inspired to do more and more.Â One bad drawing can grind you to screaching stop if you let it.Â But if you just keep plugging away, you can look back and see that your bad drawings today are still way better than your bad drawings, and even many of your GOOD drawings from yesterday.
My friend Danny, a preacher, made me an offer to use space in his church to give art classes.Â We discussed it at length, and I think that we could come to some kind of arrangement.Â I also think that it would be a blast to get to do so.Â We both agreed, however, that his congregation might frown upon nude figure drawing.
I spend a lot of my time looking for just the right materials with which to draw, paint, sketch, whatever.Â It always seems that what I’m looking for either isn’t available, is incredibly expensive, or is made in China.Â I find the labor practices in some of those other countries to be incredibly offensive, so it just irritates me to no end that you can’t find anything made anywhere else.Â Anyway, what I decided to do about it is gather some domestic materials and make my own.Â A local printer friend is helping me out and soon I will have all the sketch books I want in the sizes I want.Â WOOT!
EDM 121: Draw Something Shady
I know that I am supposed to be challenged and develop not only my awareness of the world around me and my draftsmanship, but also my creativity.Â But I really find the vague challenges annoying.Â “Draw something shady.”Â “Draw something you like.”Â These kind of challenges I know are designed to force me to decide.Â But one of the things that drew me in to the Every Day Matters group to begin with was the specific list of items.Â When I come to the end of a long day, it is nice to be able to look and see, “Draw a bowl.”Â Then I know that I need to draw a bowl and I don’t have to think beyond which bowl, lighting, and composition.Â It’s way more meditative that way.Â That said, I am still pleased with the way this one turned out.