I was a poor poor art student when I decided to start a blog documenting the process of my paintings, photography, drawings and journaling. Now a recent art grad, not much has changed other than the label and maybe a change of scenery.

December 16, 2009

one last time.

kiera, life model, 2009, charcoal on paper 30"x48"

these past few weeks we have been studying the figure from life in LD. we were asked to draw an actual environment rather than just the model itself. we were asked to create a front, middle an back or a mes en scene that my film teacher once said. our class was also assigned to erase at every beginning of the period, and start with fresh eyes.

this whole semester, has been a struggle. i didn't take drawing to be such an ancient art form, however i sure lost touch with it in such a short amount of time. so i struggle, trying to decide between value or line, trying to understand planes and trying to get in the zone and connect with an act i once loved.

it wasn't until about the second time we started drawing on this huge piece of paper that i finally felt confident when drawing. i'm not sure what it was. i wouldn't say i liked drawing on the big piece of paper at first because there was so much to draw and so much noise that it was hard to focus. however, the second sitting was different. it was like i took off from there. i could see planes, i saw form and i drew confident lines. when i erased, i didn't trace over what i had drawn but tried to view what was really infront of me and put that down on paper. The erased lines I felt only enhanced the drawing, it gave it a sense of depth, of movement, without any darkening or lightning of charcoal.

i remember when i drew a still life with the same guidelines in drawing I of my freshman year (4 very long/short years ago) and i remember not understanding why would our teacher make us erase something we just worked so hard on? now, that i am a senior i know why. its because everytime you approach a piece of art, you aren't the same person. something has happened and changed that has made you look at what you're seeing different. erasing it, is starting all over with a better understanding.

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