The past two days have been incredibly “off” art-wise. I’ve still DONE the drawing time, but I’m not especially happy with the results.

I’m still working my way through the FORCE studies, trying to move from copies to practical practice, but I can’t seem to translate the ideas that I’m learning from Mattesi to my own gestures.

To the best of my reasoning, I think he has developed (through repetition and study) a shorthand mental-visual library that he’s able to access very quickly in his gesture drawings. So I tried slowing down and looking at the lines he decides to put on the page, to “read” his “handwriting” as it were.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way I’m going to develop a similar visual library to his is to study his anatomy books (or develop my own shorthand visual library from other resources like Steve Huston, Nicolaides, Michael Hampton, Proko, Watts, etc.), practice very slowly, then practice as fast as I can with the shapes and lines that I enjoy the most.

Duration: 1h15m over 2 days.

Medium: Cretacolor on Newsprint

What went well?
I managed to draw something even if I didn’t get to draw as much as I wanted to. Also, we’re signing a lease for Affinity within the next week! That’s something that went VERY well.

What didn’t go so well and what can I learn from that?
The lease for Affinity and negotiating the terms has been consuming a lot of my time, focus, and energy lately. Opening a business is…tough. I’m also getting frustrated with my gestures.

I may be putting too much pressure on myself for my gestures to look good, and they shouldn’t. They’re gestures. Studies. The quality comes with time, repetition, practice. So does the speed. But I’ve found that when I slow down TOO much I make more errors. I’ll have to film my gesture drawings sometime so I can watch myself after-the-fact and try to identify the parts that are frustrating me and causing the most hang-ups.

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