Month: November 2014

Time spent

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I have been attending a loosely structured, weekly drawing group, and I have been impressed by how genuinely nice everyone involved is.  Part of it is just that they are mature people getting together to be social and they are on their best behavior in public.  I also think there is a beneficial, meditative quality to drawing that makes those artists more patient and thoughtful people.

Part of it is flow.  Drawing takes full mental focus to create a good product.  Trying to draw without flow ends within fifteen minutes with a few squiggles on a crumpled piece of paper.  Drawing with flow results in the loss of a few hours, an aching back, and a finished product of a quality that can even surprise the artist.  That amount of focus pushes normal thoughts and stresses out of the mind and something that would normally be boring becomes extremely satisfying.

There’s also something to the progression of the work.  Beginning with a plan, searching for a subject, analyzing the details, and then all the painstaking work of representing an image on paper develops a set of mental skills and consideration that I think are valuable in life.

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Rhiding his Rhino

Rhiding a Rhino

Sometimes practice problems use uncommon English words like rhinoceros and your international students wonder what that word means so you draw a rhinoceros on the board in a way that makes it resemble a pig because you don’t really know what a rhinoceros looks like which is a little embarrassing because you’re a person who likes drawing and every time you draw you’re reminded that you’re still not that good at it, so during your free period on Halloween you keep drawing rhinoceroses until they start looking less like pigs and more like rhinoceroses.  At the time of this drawing I’m almost halfway to where I’d like to be on a scale from pig to rhinoceros.