Rubric Myself

In teaching, a rubrics, a spreadsheet of grade standards, to help students understand what the goals and standards of learning for their projects.
Artists just do what they like.

In a life drawing marathon I did a couple of pages of brush drawings that sparked the desire to make the process something I could work on not just have it happen by accident.
My old fart drawing often feels like I’m redoing old drawings so determining what I am trying to do with drawing is important.
The point of blogging is to better understand my own work.
So I set up drawing exercises a few weeks for a morning warm-up and have been using them to focus.
What these exercises didn’t have a clear rubric about what I was doing, it was just repeat and improvise based on feel.

Look Ma I can draw!

The first effort was to create a basic pattern to follow for doing stick figures.
In doing them it’s good to keep the lines simplified to arcs and straight lines so you look at the big shapes in 30 seconds.
When you slow down with 2 min drawings, look more closely at the shapes even when simplifying takes longer to focus and condense the lines in your head.

In the beginning 30 seconds of Gesture

I played where to start the drawing because in 30 seconds you need a system to accomplish anything.
I settled on a line to define the shoulders, then torso, two lines for the legs and arms each and then a neckline that becomes a loop for the head.
There becomes a debate do you use the first line to define the bone and structure or all the fat and muscle surrounding it.
One line is a starting point, by using the joints as points in the line with the length of the line you have a way to place the figure in space.

Two minutes then seems like a long time compared to 30 seconds but when you start trying to condense form into one line your brain has to slow down.
Every bump becomes obsessive and ends up looking fixed in space, lazy cheap Matisse lines end up in looking like crappy graphic design drawing.
Any figure on any logo of a healthcare company of any type.
In the end, while I can do a satisfying brush drawing in two minutes I found a line drawing can’t be as rich in the same amount of time

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