If a Professional Artist approaches a picture with her old Student's Attitude, her work will still look Unprofessional. Even though she's already drawn thousands of Professional pictures.
Tonight I did just that. In my time off. To stay out of a rut of always drawing something the same way just because it works.
I chose a random photo online, and I tried to draw it with what I call 'worm-hair'. Something that does work for me at Parties and Events, but I felt like I wanted to do it Better. This one? Nope. Try again? I did the same thing. Again? Nothing different. Then I decided to approach the different Parts of the hair differently. Came out Looking a lot better, but I was still Feeling studious.
So I decided to do a Rough Value Study. To clarify to myself what I'm seeing.
Got tired of doing that, and I finally came out with This! (the 2nd picture posted here) What I learned from tonight's exercise is to avoid the 'worm hair' until After I have the Picture. From This point I probably could have gone back into this Successful hair to make those individual 'ropes' that I started tonight's exercise with. I might have tried that if I wasn't tired of studying already. Or more likely, I would have continued studying the next and the next and the next aspect of creating this Caricature. Shading, Coloring, Neck....... But I studied enough for tonight.
Or I could have tried a completely Different Attitude ~ to take off from the Student Attitude in a different direction. Perhaps to Simplify a Simple Drawing. Instead of the Successful one that I love here. Because there are as many different approaches to drawing as there are to anything else we do. There's not just One answer.
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