My personal journey as an artist has been somewhat broken up. I've never considered myself an artist until recently. This is mainly because I thought of artists as painters, sculptors, illustrators and dancers. I never considered my journey as an art jeweler one of "real" art until now. I realize my particular skills in creating artistic jewelry with lots of color and unique shapes really is art.
My view has changed because as part of my Master's program (MFA Jewelry & Metal Sculpture) I was advised to take a drawing class. Not necessarily as a supplement to my curriculum, but as a necessity because my drawing skills are lacking in almost every sense of the word. Until now, I've never really tried to draw much of anything because I know it's a huge challenge for me. However, give me a few scraps of metal and a few essential tools and I can create something beautiful.
So, I thought I'd share a few images of the "drawings" I've been doing lately for my class. Now, keep in mind, I have never considered myself capable of any sort of drawing other than writing my name.
We started out with two-point perspective and cubes:
Then we moved on to hand drawn ovals:
Next it was cylinders:
Then mannequin gesture:
All of these steps are leading up to the last couple of weeks and this week, which is figure drawing with contour, overlapping and gesture. I really have been struggling to get my arm to do exactly what my brain is telling it to and it gets quite frustrating. This is definitely not a skill I come by easily. It takes me a lot of brain power and time to do these "simple" drawings. It boggles my mind because every woman on my mom's side of the family is an artist in acrylic, oil, watercolor, graphite and any other paper & color medium.
This brings me to last weeks exercises and assignments - 5 minute and 10 minute figure drawing. Here are a couple of my drawings:
I seem to do better with the backsides of people. The ones with weird body poses and frontal views really mess me up. At least I can say they do look like people. I can only hope to get better with more practice and patience. Wish me luck!
Be gentle, I've only been drawing for 6 weeks now!