What did I learn today in class? Drawing is just like life!
I used to think that great artists, good artists got it right on the first pass. It’s taken me 7 decades to understand that all artists continually make corrections. Draw, adjust, erase, draw, redraw, erase . . .
Luckily, it only took me 5 decades to figure out that life was about continually making corrections. That reminds me . . . I need a new eraser.
Here’s my sketches for today – One is loose and the other uptight
Graphite pencil, I shaved his head so he’d be more “hip”.
Vine charcoal, Dilly Dolly
One liners . . . plus a couple of extra lines. Watching an introductory video of a Coursera Literature Class hoping to rekindle my love of reading fiction.
- Professor of literature from Brown Univ. who shall remain nameless to protect his reputation . . . and mine.
I liked what the professor had to say about the study of literature – essentially it wouldn’t get anyone a “job”, teach a trade but it ultimately was about understanding the human condition and how we relate to one another. He tells his students who ask him what the “work load” for the semester will be that it should be considered a “pleasure load”. Reading is a pleasure.
Now the wonderful part about my having a liberal arts education was it prepared me to think – analyze and synthesize information.
The horrible part was that the English lit department of the school I attended was so skewed to the analysis of literature it literally killed my enjoyment of reading. Since graduating I can count the number of books of fiction I’ve read on one hand. I am a voracious reader . . . but it’s all non-fiction.
Perhaps because of what he said, perhaps because of how he looked . . . . . . the professor captured my imagination. I “drew” him as I listened using one continuous line each time (well, I might have thrown in an extra line by lifting my pencil and starting again . . .).