Rather a poignant post as I’ve had my last tutor report from the wonderful Emma:
And as usual she has been spot on with her observations.
Tone: Keith Vaughan interested me and I also follow a chap called Lancelot Richardson on Instagram who does fabulous tonal work on his short pose life drawings (@lancelotrichardson). Part of the problem is that I like quite abstracted tone in the art I want to look at so perhaps trying to pursue a look which doesn’t really appeal I should stick to what I enjoy and have a go at some different techniques. I will try the masking that Emma suggests and see how that goes.
Another note from the feedback is that the exercises I’ve done are divorced from my own practice. I think this is a confidence issue; I forget that I have sufficient experience to adapt the exercises to my own needs rather than being so prescriptive and following the text to the lette. I like the idea of building a network of skills as I go along: so rather than progressing in a linear manner, to revisit and be mindful of what I enjoy and what I feel confident rather than departing completely and doing something which feels a bit abnormal and unnatural. There is a balance between experimentation and staying in one’s comfort zone which I am hoping will develop as I continue my studies. On that note, I have enrolled on to Drawing 1: Drawing Skills and my learning log for that can be found at jmoore515524d1.wordpress.com so do join me there.
My most recent trip to life drawing was great and Thomas modelled – he’s so nice to draw even though I got a bit stuck on the last pose!
My final thoughts about Foundations Drawing are that it’s introduced an entire new world and set of challenges which has brought me on from the rudimentary basis when I started just over a year ago. The feedback from my tutor and other students has been tremendously helpful and the support and interest in what I’ve been doing has been really gratifying.
What I want to take from the course is a sense of momentum for the work I’ve done thus far and build on it to develop my set of skills. I’m aware I need to increase my knowledge and ability to contextualise the art I see (and do) effectively. Finding the time to explore techniques and media to the required extent is going to be my main issue but I will find a way to make it happen…