Posted by: lizhogarty | January 13, 2014

Draw-A-Day Monday 13th January – Exploring a Subject

Hi everyone. As we come into the last three weeks of my blog, I thought it would be good to recap the past year and pick out some key points to consider for your drawing future. I have always found that creativity and art in general is full of contradictions, the biggest of these being the necessity for detail while keeping a sense of freedom within the work, not letting it become too ‘tight’. This comes from a sense of love for the process and the subject, and so this is the main thing to consider when choosing your subject. We have looked at many things to draw over the past year, and it is good for all of us to look at what we have created and to decide which we responded to the most… these are clues to your creative journey.

As a good starting point for this week, let’s take something we have enjoyed drawing. Today, do a detailed study of this. Tomorrow, take five sheets of photocopying paper and do a two-minute drawing on each of the same subject. Try left-handed, or using a variety of tools, and have fun mark-making.
Then on Wednesday draw something incorporating the two aspects, whichever you prefer… Either by beginning with a detailed drawing and embellish with some flourishes, or begin loosely and then work in with detail… or both! Hopefully this will inspire other drawings. And remember there are many ways to explore a given subject, so for Thursday let’s play with our drawings we have produced so far this week, choose one which looks promising, and add some colour. 

Always, always, when you work, it is best to work with your instincts… do what you love.  So for Friday, take ten minutes to create something from your studies this week which is what YOU want to say about it, in your own way, bearing in mind the contradictory ideas of ‘loose yet detailed’.  This is the essence of artwork which is true to you.

Liz x

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