the benefit of a live drawing session is that you can take the thing you're drawing and move it around the light source and watch the shadow change. um. i guess that would apply to a nude model also. they aren't as predictable as i thought those shadows. not at all! sometimes both sides of the thing make shadows. so a formula doesn't really work here. you can't for example, just shade in the left side, or the right. but sometimes you can. i'm still sorting things out. obviously.
i looked back in my visual journal to see where my latest fixation with nature drawing began. seems like drawing rocks & shells during my week by the shore last month planted a seed inside my art brain. it was an unexpected development. especially since i used to think nature drawings were sort of dull. oh you couldn't convince me of that now!
sketching from nature is the opposite of dull. probably if i drew with a pencil first my pinecone wouldn't look like a collapsing pile of triangles. but i wouldn't have the benefit of laughter therapy everytime i look at it either. would i? course not!
other things that are gittin' me excited:
THIS article about robert redford, the sundance channel, and the aforementioned mini-series
THIS illustrated bird fieldguide in a grid
HIS secret sketching gear.
anything blowing your skirt up that i need to know about? if so, do share!