Michaelangelo to his assistant, “Draw Antonio, draw Antonio, draw.”
I believe that drawing is the foundation for all art and that you can never study drawing too long or too hard. That said I did not always feel that way. Last year I wanted to focus on improving my paintings. I recognized that color theory and composition were weaknesses for me so I took a drawing and composition class at the Indianapolis Art Center. This class reawakened my love of drawing. I had forgotten how much I LOVED to draw as a child. Since then it had never been a priority – only a means to an end.
Yesterday I started a Drawing for Painters class at the Art Center. It is taught by a wonderful Russian women who has lived in the US for about 15 years. She trained in Russia at their Fashion Institute. The course was 6 years, 6 days a week, 9 hours a day. She studied drawing 3 hours a day. I took a couse from her late last fall and I like her classical, academic approach to drawing. She also paints beautiful jewel-like watercolors.
We had many with no experience at all so we had a simple set-up.
I made several drawings of this.
I want to remember that this is a class for painters so I went home and painted from one of my drawings. I would appreciate any criticism, advice, critique you are willing to give. I WANT to learn and improve!
Then Irina had the more advanced (!?!?) of us draw classic paintings from postcards. I want to try a painting from of these today. I hope I don’t make mud!