Unfortunately I’ve no time for anything more than a quick update today, but I’d rather get at least somethingup this week than nothing. Actually, that’s been pretty much the story of my first week trying keep my practicegoing around my new job – a quick bit of drawing here and there, not much but better than nothing.
In the comments for last week’s post, Maggie gave me the excellent idea ofkeeping a log of how much drawing I’ve actually done this week. So I can’t lie to myself. So I know I didn’t domuch. My vague goal at the start of the week was to do twenty hours – I did six. But before I get my hair shirt outand start flagellating myself, I’m reminding myself that it’s only the first week and I’ve got a lot ofadjusting to do. I’m pretty pleased that I managed to get anything done at all to be honest. The first week has beentiring.
The most positive thing is that I managed the early starts ok, in that I at least got out of bed and did somedrawing before work. I missed Thursday morning because I was just too tired. Drawing on the train has turned outto be fine most of the time, as long as I’m not jammed in like a sardine with the other commuters. I’ve managedabout 45 minutes a day of train drawing, not too bad. This weekend has been a complete wash-out however,from a drawing and painting point of view. Still, at least there’s lots of room for improvement!
This week I worked on a couple more Sargent head copies, easing myself in gently. The first isn’t quite finished,and the second is just started. With these drawings, I usually get them as far as I can on the train and thenfinish them at home later, when I can concentrate more easily on the shapes and the small details. Tomorrowmorning I’ll be doing a little more on the second one, finishing the first one and probably starting another about the middle of the week.
What I’d really like to do is a step by step post on one of these drawings, they’re like mini-Bargue copies butwith less emphasis on accuracy. Maybe I’ll find some time to do it next weekend. For now I’ve got to get myself off tobed ready for another early start. Hopefully this coming week will be more productive.
Before I sign off I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone who commented on last week’s post, you’ve given memore encouragement than you know. There’s been a few moments last week when I’ve wondered if I’ll be able to keep it going,but the thought of all the positive comments from last week has helped me to rouse myself and get started. After all,you’ll all know if I start slacking! Till next weekend…
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