Monday, April 15, 2024

The love of drawing makes sense

Journal Sketch 
Marker on journal paper
6 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2023
(This one is cropped awkwardly 
because the journal writing
overlapped the drawing. I
still like it.)

If you're an artist, it makes absolute sense to draw as much as you can.
Even talking to abstract painters at a recent show, I learned they may
begin by drawing shapes.  In trying to capture portraits, drawing as
much as possible makes our eyes get more precise, and that's so

Funnily enough drawing like driving depends on following what our
eyes are seeing.  In all higher level drawing courses, you begin by
not looking down at the page when you draw.  Scary yes.  But it trains
the eye to see, and the hand to follow.  

Last year I started journal drawing -- every day for awhile, and as 
often as possible now.  Those quick sketches, sometimes in the morning
before my second coffee, really help me when I start on other projects.
I wanted to remind myself of that.  

The portrait today is a quick sketch I did in my journal about six months

Have a loving your life day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love your journal drawings❣️❣️❣️ what type of marker do yiu use?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

Thank you so much. I use a Faber Castell fine marker. I love the fluidity for writing
and drawing.


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