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Friday, December 10, 2010

Put It In My Veins

Sometimes it amazes me how much drawing is like a drug. I haven't had time to do more than the occasional sketch or doodle over the past few months, so tonight, going to a figure drawing session that Rob organized on campus for his students, I was pleased nearly to the point of mania that I was finally able to take a break from everything else I've been doing and exercise the old drawing muscles.

And it IS like a drug. Really. I'm an addict. It doesn't even have to be a GOOD drawing session for me to think, AAAHHHHHHH, that's the stuff. Fortunately, tonight was pretty good. Not outstanding, but good, considering I'm a little out of practice. I've seriously been jonesing to do some artwork for months now. Luckily, I was at a good breaking point in the revision, having just struggled through rewriting a chapter that seemed to have nothing right with it and everything wrong. Now, I'm hoping it's more good than bad.

Anyway, here are a few of the drawings I did tonight. The two using Conte pencil on toned paper are just 20-minute sketches, and the large charcoal drawing (left) took a little over an hour. I'm pretty happy with how that one came out, considering it took me 10 minutes just to get started because I couldn't figure out what medium I wanted to use and because the pose was surprisingly challenging. But I loves me some vine charcoal. Once I got started, it flowed pretty well.

I'm looking forward to getting back in the habit again.


tanita✿davis said...

Oh, good, good, good.
I'm so glad you took a break.

I've been pushing and pushing to finish my MG novel and realized I don't know where I'm pushing to... and I'm not really happy about that. So, I am switching gears to Shadowblade and not really happy about THAT, either. I mean, I love it, but... it's just the crazy time when the brain cells abandon me. Too much to do...

Sarah Stevenson said...

I was hoping that I would feel refreshed if I shifted my focus to a different set of brain cells for a while, especially since this is going to be a working weekend for both Rob and me. (He's grading final projects.) I think it did help--I was a little stressed about it, but I was determined all week to make time for it, and I did. Which was nice.

I definitely advocate taking a break. I know that most of the time, the solution is Butt In Chair, but sometimes, one just has to STOP.

Angela Ackerman said...

I wish I had a talent to draw. I envy those who can, because i would love to be able to visualize my characters and settings through pictures, not just words.

You did a great job here--very real.

Angela @ the Bookshelf Muse

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