I now own two sketch pads. Two because they were inexpensive and small with few pages and it seemed that I should aim in the direction of actually filling them. My creative coaching assignment from Diane is to create some asymmetrical designs either by pinning fabric to plainer garments or by creating "paper doll" garments or by sketching or by all of the above. My immediate reaction is I can't draw and - of course - after my X,Y and Z discussions of the past few days - I have to add yet to that phrase.
When I was creating textile art, it was a relief to discover that I'm an abstract rather than a realistic artist. Not having to create an image that looks exactly like something real works for me. I much prefer the one step at a time approach of non-realistic art - not knowing the end at the beginning - and that's possible with creative fashions but it won't answer this assignment. Even though I'm internally kicking and screaming, this is a direction I think could be beneficial for me. It'll give voice to some of my thoughts. When I looked up stick figure drawings, I was amazed at how expressive they can be like the ones above from Babble.com. There's something for me to discover in the art of stick figure drawing.
I was amazed at the degree of emotion and movement illustrated with stick figures. Apparently, stick figures are not just for kids. At Why Learn How To Draw Stick Figures, I read that... drawing stick figures with an artistic purpose in mind may help you develop a sense of proportion, balance and action in your drawings. Hmm... and possibly in my sewing of clothing.
But... how far do I want to take this drawing stuff? There are books like Fashion Illustration Techniques: A Super Reference Book for Beginners - that's me - a beginner - that could take me even further but the cover looks so anatomically correct that I find myself backing up quickly and wanting to "dumb down" to the stick figures. EXCEPT... I've already discovered that stick figures are not dumbing down so rephrasing that to work up from stick figures might be a better approach. Perhaps I'll find that I actually like stick figures - they're surrealistic as opposed to realistic which is along the lines of abstract art - BUT...
... I'm not so much interested in drawing figures as I am in drawing fashions. When I looked up drawing clothes, I found a tutorial called How To Draw Clothes. I had no idea there were resources like this out there. Not that I'm surprised; I'd just never looked. Perhaps... with practice...
... and more tutorials like this How To Draw Shirts, I can move from simple clothes to simple clothes on simple figures. The next Picasso I definitely do not want to be however, with just a few minutes on the internet, clicking through to some free, how-to information, suddenly it seems possible to take the thought of drawing through to actually drawing by connecting the dots. Start simple. Grow my skills. Start today... because I have an assignment to work on.
Talk soon - Myrna
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