Tuesday, September 02, 2008
A few years ago, a good friend of mine at the figure drawing workshop asked me: "Frank, do you think I really have to do spend all this time figure drawing to get good?" and I said "No, of course not." and he said "That's what I suspected." And that was the last time I saw him in workshop.
While teaching the drawing workshop at Art Center, I would often get the question "What do you think?" from students. My response, which often would annoy them, and definitely would have annoyed me as a student, was "What do you think?"
The most important thing about getting good at something like drawing is that you enjoy the process. When I sit down in a drawing workshop, I try not to worry about what anyone around me might think of what I'm doing and just try to focus on doing what I want to work on.
For a long time, all I wanted was to practice good proportions, designing a dynamic figure and learning solid anatomy.
And also quite often I just wanted to have fun and see what I could come up with; maybe I would focus on the emotions I'm feeling while drawing, or about how I feel toward the subject, or just play with the way I design the page.
There's no wrong way to draw, unless you're not enjoying it. Always push to get better, enjoy the process and realize that being great is about the current moment and not a goal for the future.