The end at the beginning

November 2, 2016

...or the beginning at the end.  Depnding on how you look at it.


Inktober has ended and it really was a learning curve for me.  I set out to try lots of things and I certainly did. 

It was nice to have a go at drawing landscapes and portraits from life but  I'm definitely drawn to more abstract ideas.  Saying that though, I doubted if I actually could do it anymore and now I know I can.   They're vital basic skills to have if I want to see myself as an artist.  I don't feel quite so reluctant to do so now.  If I can see myself as an artist then it doesn't feel crazy to ask others to see me as the same.  It's bonkers but I felt as if I was kidding myself. 


I realised I can draw - anything I want if I put my mind to it.    I'm not going to be an good inker - unless I put in a lot of practice - but I am already an alright papercutter and designer.  Another great (Jake Parker) quote applies here too - 'Finished not perfect'.  Nothing is ever perfect but it can be finished and I did manage this most of the time. 

I think  that I'm almost creating the sort of work I should be. 


I also learnt a lot just from copying the couple of artists I did and it was good to have to look at their work in a more analytical way.   It was also good to have constraints - must complete 31 drawings and only use a brush pen.  It was also good to be flexible - I completed 26 and 2 were using a black biro!  Here they are...





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