Well, I’m sleep-deprived yet again, and I wanted to tackle some weaknesses that I’ve been developing.

I didn’t get a ton of drawing time today, and I don’t have the energy to do it anyway, so I used today to focus on a specific area of the body — the torso.

As someone somewhere once said — if you’re having trouble drawing something…draw 100 of those things. I started that process with the torso today.

Duration: 50m

Medium: Cretacolor on Newsprint

What went well?
After struggling through a few gestures that I was trying to take my time on, I decided to focus on one part of the gesture — the trunk or torso. I started with just the “bean” and then slowly added landmarks, still using a 1-minute slideshow to limit how long I had to see, process, and translate to the page.

Ideally, I’d like to develop my own, personal, quick shorthand for drawing the torso quickly, as I believe that’s the representation that several master artists that I study seem to have done for themselves.

My personal resources for developing my shorthand include Luis Royo, Stan Prokopenko, Jeff Watts, Steve Huston, Michael Mattesi, and Michael Hampton.

We’ll see what I can do.

On a slightly unrelated note – I met with the Optimize Artists group today for the flagship meeting, and I had a wonderful time discussing art with a diverse group of artists.

What didn’t go so well and what can I learn from that?
I’m dead-tired today. My quality of sleep lately has been way out of whack, and it’s starting to have a very negative impact on my energy, the quality of my art, my attention span, etc.

I need to figure out a way to get the quality rest that I need so I can perform at my best. It seems like the few good nights of sleep that I’ve managed to get over the past few weeks have made the bad nights of sleep hit me that much harder.

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