I spent most of my life avoiding painting because I had a fear of drawing. That fear caused me to waste a lot of time that could have been spent enjoying what I was yearning to do. Why do we give in to our "fear voice?" Why did I? Although I've been painting now for a while, I avoided drawing at all costs. I would use tracing paper, projector, light box - you name it. All to avoid drawing. Joe Alleman has helped me to see shapes and trust that I could draw shapes. You see it isn't drawing a tree, a barn or a person but the shapes that all come together to make up what we think we see. Carl Purcell also is a master who helped me see things as shapes and values.
The assignments I was given in the portrait drawing class I'm taking was to copy the shapes and values we saw of various Hollywood stars. If I watched more movies I'd know all their names but that's another story. The first drawing I was so insecure that I make a copy of it and did the assignment on the copy as insurance against messing up so much that I'd ruin the original. When that drawing came together I threw caution to the wind and did the other assignments directly on the "master." I ignored my "fear voice" (oh yes it was still shouting inside my head) and just drew.
Now I have to figure out how not to be too hard on myself for avoiding drawing all these years. I've come to realize that mistakes are a part of the learning process and it's okay if I screw up. WOW is that freeing.
Today's drawings. Yes, I realize that I need to get more values down. Yes I realize that I am new to sketching and don't have the crosshatching part down yet. Yes, they are not perfect and that's OK!!