My musings. Possibly, background information about my life and some over sharing.

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the ART life

| 17 September, 2014 20:38

 

If you choose, this life is yours

 

It's anyone's life

 

One life has

 

contained in it ALL

 

the masterpieces contained in all the museums ever

 

you have to let it unfold

 

Just like when you visit those museums

 

you enter different rooms and parts

 

you are inundated with new visuals 

 

and therafter thoughts and feelings

 

You allowed inundation

 

don't go home thinking

 

art belongs on the walls there

 

because art lives in your blood

 

feeding your body oxygen

 

waiting for the opportunity to do it

 

once more

 

 

Your art is you

 

making things

 

whatever it may be

 

 

if you spend enough time 

 

on your things

 

you will see yourself

 

turning into a museum

 

and the world will begin to throw itself

 

at YOU

 

wishing to be produced

 

wishing you would touch it into life

 

irrespective of its outcome

 

wishing for oxygen

 

to be announced in paint

 

or dirt or glue or stuff from the trash.....

 

announce it!

 

announce YOUR life is ART!

 

 

Stuff

| 13 July, 2014 22:17

EXERCISE: Your Stuff

 

Take ALL of your stuff

 

dump it on your bed

 

YOU cannot go to bed unless you have decided something

 

somewhere

 

for ALL that stuff to go

 

So you can sleep comfortably.....

 

AND

 

EVEN if your stuff is imaginary

 

*****don't forget to put ALL your imaginary stuff on the bed too

 

HURRY! it is time for bed!

 

BUT

 

Maybe you get bored of trying to place stuff

 

so So

 

go to bed on your stuff

 

SOme of that stuff will hurt

 

OR

 

you may find yourself surprised

 

how comfy it is to sleep with a toothbrush

 

by your side

 

BUT you don't really want to wake up

 

saying you slept with your toothbrush

 

by your side

 

so....maybe....

 

Change your mind about this exercise

 

and decide that now...

 

you will lay down

 

on ALL your stuff

 

and maybe you kick some of it onto the floor

 

I mean, it might be uncomfortable 

 

to sleep atop your sewing machine

 

or samuri swords

 

ouchie!

 

But, at least you will understand

 

what things you actually kick to the floor

 

with no remorse

 

uncaring of the consequence

 

and then, understand the things

 

you get up out of your bed 

 

so you can find a safe place

 

for those things

 

those you wouldn't want to see damaged

 

by your sleepy disregard

 

 

 

Yep

| 25 June, 2014 21:15

 

 

Dear Artist,

 

what have you made today?

 

-art gods

 

Dear art gods,

 

Good morning.

 

Today I did stuff. LOTS!

 

lots of a whole lot of nothing for the art gods.

 

I did me....if that counts?

 

and then I did a bunch of shit I didn't feel like doing...but sometimes I don't feel like doing much...

 

and i think back to Bukowski and he said that art was bloated. it's a bloated whore that deserves to be thrown on the street. 

 

That whore

 

bouncing on the sidewalk

 

she kept telling herself

 

that EVERYTHING is art

 

and she walked that line

 

the fine one between

 

trash and art

 

and she tried to put it in her head

 

that trash was where it started

 

it's what we rose from

 

AND in an attempt to ...to be of service...

 

i studied up on old thought

 

I offered my multi-tasking to this

 

my peripheral moments

 

consumed by philosophy

 

Oh! art gods! she says

 

please admit my sorry ass

 

i am just a whore

 

looking for a lick

 

I AM BLOATED

 

and filled to the brim

 

discipline is not the answer

 

Does this really mean....

 

I can't have my vice and eat it too?

 

I have certainly pushed this envelope

 

but it is true...

 

you can't always have the spin

 

you can't always pretend invisibility

 

the void

 

the MAIN

 

-love,

art whore

 

Dear art whore,

 

don't be such a bitch...

 

remember your potential and stop invisible

 

obviously, we, the art gods are concerned with that which is visible. you do us no service when you live only in your imagination. You must share.

 

again, stop being a bitch.

 

loves+

 

THE art gods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drawing for 30...17 IN

| 08 May, 2014 23:49

There is a blank piece of paper 

 

staring at me

 

pleading for me to make it mine

 

Look at that thing with the same eyes

 

That it uses to stare at you

 

Remember those stares

 

those who misunderstood your thoughts 

 

that spilled ....that time

 

and tell that mutherfucker

 

You ARE NOT scared of it's blank stare

 

Draw DAMNIT!

 

 

30 Days of Drawing...3

| 06 May, 2014 23:43

Remember that it is difficult to see 

 

Until you can 

 

And you can't see until you try

 

Sometimes you miss the mark

 

and draw somewhere you weren't supposed to

 

And sometimes you take the 'weren't supposed to'

 

and make it right

 

MORE right than had you not done the 'weren't supposed to'

 

Please take these words

 

the words that are meant to be be put before you

 

LIVE...en vivo

 

so that you can see them come out of my smiling mouth

 

Whilst you make marks that make you feel stupid

 

those damn 'weren't supposed to'[e} s

 

and I was there to remind you 

 

the thing you fret over is actually nothing

 

to worry about

 

You won't be able to see right 

 

until you decide

 

and maybe you will never SEE all of it

 

but your attempt to put it down on paper

 

on earth....outside of you

 

is worthy of celebration

 

Take a few minutes to scribble something out 

 

something you see or feel 

 

deserves attention

 

It's your right

30 days of drawing...2

| 30 April, 2014 23:08

 

 

Please remember 

 

that it is ok to scribble

 

that it is ok to not know what is

 

anything

 

remember that moving your hands 

 

is what's essential

 

 

SCRIBBLE an entire page 

 

Feel that scribble

 

for 15 minutes.....1, 2, 3.......14 and, so on.....

 

 

call it a night

 

scribble dee da do dodo....ah

 

maybe make sense of it

 

with a PEN

 

if you care to

 

and if not 

 

dance ....

 

dance that tonight you did your duty

 

you called the gods and said

 

hello biatches!

30 Days of Drawing

| 26 April, 2014 23:14

Draw everyday for 30 days....

 

Do not tell anyone that you are taking up this exercise, though...

 

Make up your mind that you will emerge from this month with 30 drawings

 

good or bad

 

They say we are usually afraid of success

 

We think success will suck the life from the struggle

 

the struggle that allowed you to create what you did

 

 

BUT they say that to tell people you plan to accomplish something 

 

is, actually, the dumbest thing you could do

 

to speak it makes your brain think you already did it

 

when you didn't really

 

NOT at ALL

 

you just imagined it so wonderfully that the pleasure center of your brain

 

became so saturated with accomplishment

 

that you forgot to remember to accomplish it in real life

 

 

So, TODAY decide that you will not go to bed

 

YOU WILL NOT go to bed unless you draw something first

 

it doesn't matter what it looks like

 

YOU MUST spend 15 minutes drawing

 

Every fucking damn day

 

30 of 'em

 

it's just the same as I have been preaching since the beginning

 

You better be making those pictures in your head REAL

 

 

Does a devout christian go to bed without saying thanks to god?

 

Does Hitler go to bed without plotting his next move?

 

Does Walt Disney go to bed without putting in a mickey?

 

exactly

 

 

Don't front

 

Don't just imagine yourself an artist 

 

and, then, think that the shitty habits you picked up in its name

 

are just a result of the fact you 'see pictures in your head'

 

no body gives a fuck about the pictures in your head

 

they give a fuck about the pictures you DRAW

 

so, all's i gotta say, fool, is you better get drawing

 

DO NOT sleep tonight unless you draw something first

 

you let the art gods know you didn't waste their love

 

AND after you draw you can behave with no need for recompensence

 

because you can show them your ID

 

I am because I AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Time: COLOR Instruction I

| 09 April, 2014 23:25

Materials:

 

Your set of colors

 

paper

 

light

 

the option for NO light; or the least possible

 

BEGIN:

1. Grab an item from your kitchen

 

2. Take it to where you plan to draw--the space with the light and the option for none

 

3. The space must have favorable light for drawing-hopefully you know your space

 

4. Take all of your colors and throw them on the floor; out of the container they are in; dissarray them on the floor.

 

5. Turn all of the lights off

 

6. Allow your eyes to see in the dark....and pick the colors you think will represent the thing you grabbed from the kitchen. You can only choose 8.

 

7. Arrange them from lightest to dark - in the dark

 

8. I assume you have a kitchen....if you don't just grab something from somewhere; something you want to draw.

 

9. Turn the lights back on and get in your drawing position.

 

10. Don't cheat. I hope you set the 8 colors aside. If not, you HAVE to turn the lights off, allow yourself to be accustomed to the dark-enough to see the gradients. AND pick AGAIN. 

 

11.  DO NOT START THIS EXERCISE WITH FULL COLOR KNOWLEDGE/FULL LIGHT....YOUR RESULTS WILL, then, TEACH YOU NOTHING!

 

12. I am done shouting.

 

13. Turn your drawing lights on.

 

14. Begin to draw using those colors you chose in the dark.

 

15. Try to remember only their respective value that you gave them when choosing them in the dark.

 

16. Arrange them, if need be, in the way you saw them in the dark...if you can remember. Do your best to recreate.

 

17. It might serve you to turn the lights off again. 

 

18. Look at the object you chose in the dark. Allow your eyes to adjust. Do not be surprised if it takes a a few minutes, if not 20 minutes, to adjust.

 

19. Maybe now you can rearrange your colors the way you saw them before --in the dark.

 

20. Turn the lights back on and decide you are going to draw this thing you chose with those colors. 

 

21. Draw a line with the lightest color from the 8.

 

22. Use your eyes to trace the object and draw the entire form with the lightest color from the 8. 

 

23. Throw in some background bits too. Trace their form by moving your hand while you move your eyes along the lines of their shape.

 

24. It is not necessary to add blackground. But do so; if you choose.

 

25. After you have lined out the form---fill it in.

 

26. Fill it in with the colors you chose in the dark and arranged in the way that you did from dark to light.

 

27. Use that information to guide you on how you must use these colors to delineate 3-dimensionality.

 

28. Remember that if you put the colors in order according to how YOU saw their magnitude of brightness you will be able to color anything! 

 

29. Remember that the darkest color is the same as the pencil marks in the tonal or monochromatice pieces you executed --those pencil marks you repeatedly covered over. 

 

30. The spaces you repeatedly covered over will eventually have all of the colors in order for you to portray darkness with this pallette.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Intro

| 28 January, 2014 21:32

 

Color is a direct way to express emotion in artmaking. The expressionists are known as the first to reject realism and embrace emotion in the way they used color. They used colors that 'felt right' and not the colors that are supposed or typically used to portray, say, an apple, for instance.   

 

It is sometimes said that the self-trained artist uses color naively or intutitively and I am slightly offended by this supposition. I believe that we are all self-trained artists. You don't go to school forever nor do you always have someone over your shoulder watching and instructing you throughout  you art career. At some point you take your coloring mechanism in your own hands and check it out--for yourself. This is the time to do that-take color in your own hands. 

 

This lesson is fairly free flowing and I will not make you study the color wheel just yet and I may never even bring it up again (fat chance) but I request only one thing before you practice this introduction lesson. Buy yourself a 24 pack of colors--either colored pencils or oil pastels. 

 

Materials needed: 

24 pack of colored pencils 

Large piece of paper

a room where you can turn the lights down but not all the way off

 

READY? ....

 

Take your package of colors and dump them out of the container they are in. Try not to let them roll all over the place and/or get lost. You will need each one of them. 

 

NEXT..

 

there are three terms that you will need to understand: 

1. Hue - the name given to a color: blue, green, yellow

2. Value - the lightness or darkness of a color

3. Intensity - the saturation, strength or purity of a color

 

These are each important terms that play a part individually allowing us to speak about color effectively with one another. But the most important for an introduction lesson in color is VALUE. 

 

 Your exercise for this lesson is to arrange the 24 colors by value. Let me put this into persepctive for you. We all know of ROYGBV but ROYGBV is a very general arrangement of the intensity of color. It is difficult to separate value and intensity at times, but, for this exercise you must. You will need to arrange the colors from light to dark. 

 

First, throw out the black and the white if there is one in the pack. 

 

Second, go by the color of the actual material (colored pencil or oil pastels) and not the color of the wrapper or coating on the outside. You can test the color on the large piece of paper to see the color if it is unclear or if you are too distracted by the outside wrapping. 

 

Third, sometimes it is easier to have ambient light while doing this exercise. Turn down the lights so that color seems to be removed from the coloring utensils and rather you can see its value, how light or dark each one is. 

 

NOW

 

Arrange these colors from light to dark. There is no right or wrong answer but the answer is not ROYGBV especially not in a 24 pack of colors. This exercise should have you really thinking through whether brown has a darker or lighter value than navy blue AND whether pale pink is the first on the lightest end of the spectrum or is it yellow. Ponder these, use the large paper as scratch paper to test your assumptions. 

 

Once you have moved the colors around until you are satisfied that you have them arranged from the lightest to the darkest and there is very little resemblance of the ROYGBV order in the arrangement give yourself a pat on the back. 

 

Now draw something; anything. Maybe draw a rainbow delineating the lightest to darkest order you have created. 

 

 

 

 

Before you read the last post....

| 03 January, 2014 22:27

 

Before you decide that I am a tyrannt 

 

Please see this post

 

oh darn! I think I left the time too long

 

you prolly already read it

 

shucks!?

 

 

i want you to think about something

 

 

before you finish the painting

 

i want you to think about

 

why you painted it

 

it could have turned out amazing

 

you don't even want to touch it

 

It is so AMAZING!

 

if you put paint to that canvas again

 

you ...may...you..may

 

mess it up--erk!?

 

 

DO IT!!!

 

 

touch it once more

 

take your time deciding

 

how that next stroke 

 

unfolds

 

but

 

DO IT!

......

 

pick a color

 

take a look

 

a looong look 

 

and think about

 

the third color

 

where it goes

 

add how it can add to

 

the rest

 

 

there's prolly no painting...

 

but...

 

who knows!?

 

I could have pushed you there

 

ALL that outrage!

 

 

[make sure you are drawing]

Lesson or Not Lesson: Drawing Instructor Outrage

| 03 December, 2013 22:33

 

They say, 'those who teach 

 

teach because 

 

they can't do.'

 

Shitty fucking saying!

 

But whatever.....

 

I will admit I started these instructions

 

and I wasn't practising what I preach

 

I was drawing, sometimes

 

and leaning on the fact that I knew I had it

 

I spent time thinking-- 'drinking' about it

 

Drinking because I am so deep I need to think about my art 

 

whilst spinning motionless

 

spin myself into a land where I might be able to feel like a stranger to myself

 

 

As an artist you can never see your own work as a stranger

 

and to me that fucking sucks ass!

 

but as a narcissist craving estrangement from myself

 

it is my attempt at being a stranger to my art

 

because I believe I can-- perfectly

 

be a stranger if I am fucked out of my mind

 

on cheap beer

 

So those who teach

 

teach 

 

so they can see their art as a stranger

 

AND I will be goddamned

 

if you aren't drawing like you should

 

AND maybe now it is time for you to buy a white canvas

 

AND paint one of the drawings you did recently

 

AND do it only in two colors

 

so you can finally understand that blankness

 

paint that stupid ass drawing out of your sketch pad 

 

and think about it hanging in a museum

 

Don't be stupid about it 

 

you are not allowed to be Duchamp or Koons

 

you don't have that kind of money or clout

 

and if you do you probably haven't read this far

 

You HAVE to think about 100 years from now

 

500....

 

Will that stupid ass drawing you just put on that canvas stand up?

 

500 years from now?

 

will it stand against Duchamp? Koons?

 

Prolly.... NOT!

 

If you are a peasant, like me, like a true artist--

 

You draw your brains out

 

Until it fucking hurts and you have to settle yourself down

 

I don't give a fuck what you draw

 

BUT....

 

You BETTER be fucking drawing!

 

You BETTER grab yourself a fucking canvas

 

 

AND two colors of paint and paint that dumb ass drawing you love

 

 

you should wake up to that painting

 

it staring at you 

 

looking like that piece of shit that was 'supposed' to be wonderful

 

that ....really isn't

 

and you wake up and spend some time making it right...

 

Rinse....Wash....Repeat

 

 

Drawing Instruction VII: Analyze Prose

| 29 October, 2013 19:43

Swallow

 

In order to understand one life

One must, first, swallow the world

seems impossible

it might, actually, be

 

 

How would one go about swallowing the world? 

What is step One?

 

is time linear?

in the human mind

NOT

time is 3-dimensional

 

I hate 'romance' for this very reason

It's so linear

You did X

I did Y

back and forth

fuck it

DAMNIT

 

i live in 3-dimensions

 

later

we sew up the time

the times

we sew them together

with other times

 

Imagine I am making a dress

This dress is smooth

hugging the body

from the breast to the back of the knee

below the back of the knee

it ruffles

massively

 

before the ruffles were ruffles 

they were simply

straight lines

of flat fabric sewn together

edge to edge

 

In essence, I am usually alone when sewing

I add a ruffle when you come around

It actually occurs after you leave

I sit and stitch

thinking of all those times

I gather them

they curl and furl

I am drawing our time with one thread

knotting it 

and starting again

 

until the next time

In the meantime 

you will find me straight stitching

but this very thing is straight stitching me up

me attempting to put it together

----could be futile

though, swallowing the world

could seem the same

 

DRAWING LESSON

 

what do you see when you read this? 

 

can you let your imagination draw?

 

There is no picture for you to look at besides the one in your head. Draw it. If you have been practising all this time, as diligently as required, you have to trust that you have some skills in your tool box. You have drawn all of these things that went before. You participated in all of these exercises and had some good results. There are lines you have drawn that have probably surprised the shit out of you. You should have already sat back admiring yourself as if you were someone else completely; available to your own praise given as a person who has no idea who you are. It is very certain that this paragraph will make no sense to you and IN time you may even come back to re-read it. In fact, this is a paragraph you should probably read to yourself every day after you get out of the shower. 

 

If you have to close your eyes and run your pencil on the page in the shapes that are in your mind do that. 

 

If looking at your work while you are drawing creates tension you should absolutely close your eyes. This should be a relaxing exercise. 

 

If you need some prompts I have provided some imagery from the poem below:

 

swallow 

 

swallow the world

 

time

 

3-dimensional time

 

romance

-- use the tangible objects to embody the verbs. 

 

Drawing Instruction VI: Attachment Exercise

| 29 September, 2013 18:48

This is an important topic and a little less about drawing than about being an artist in general. It has some implications with regards to psychological phenomenon as well. Please read through and then there will be an exercise at the end. 

 

There are a number of different ways a human being can manifest attachment. Typically, this psychological theory, which was first exposed or publicly theorized was done so by John Bowlby, is discerned through human relationships. I want to use this psychological phenomenon to expose/expound upon a part of the creative process. 

 

There are two basic types of attachment: 1. Secure attachment; and 2. Insecure aatachment. Insecure attachment has a bunch of different subcategories of types of insecure attachments. It seems, though, that secure attachment simply is just that; and there doesn't seem to be subcategories of secure attachment types. 

 

Let's say, for now, that there are subcategories or different types of secure attachment an artist has with his/her work. We will say, for the sake of argument, that there are no insecure attachments in art making. I think to say that you have an insecure attachment to your work would mean that you are not making art. And we know you are here making art, right?

 

First, I will say that you have a secure attachment to your work; meaning you esteem your work--you hold it in high regard. You put time into making it just right. You don't want to see anything bad happen to it. You want other people to like it. You want other people to see it and like it as well.

 

Then you have your process. You have your way that you set up, draw, do your thing and then show it off. You also have your particular level of obssession with your work. 

 

Let's break it down: 

 

Secure attachment includes:

 

1. esteem- a feeling of high regard for your work

 

2. time spent on your work

 

3. protectiveness of your work

 

4. desire to show others your work

 

5. an art making process

 

6. a level of obssessiveness 

 

We will take each one in turn:

 

1. esteem- a feeling of high regard for your work

 

Take some time today to look back at some of your things and realize how much you like certain things you have made. Spend some time deciding that you made the marks you did for a reason. You made those marks because that is what you saw in your mind's eye.

 

It's easy to get wrapped up thinking that your work is either GOOD or BAD compared to someone else or against the image you are attempting to produce. For the purpose of this exercise put this out of your mind. Put it out of your mind in a way where you know there is always room for improvement and that is what you plan to do--improve. But put out any comparison now. Look at your drawing for exactly what it is. There is no way to undo it unless you do it again--better. 

 

Enjoy it for exactly and only what it is. Revisit some of your feelings you had during that drawing and realize which of your feelings were productive and which of your feelings were not. Try to remember which lines you were drawing when you felt productive opposed to unproductive.

 

Remember these thoughts and keep paging through your work. Spend time on the ones you don't usually look at often or the ones you don't really show to people. 

 

2. time spent on your work

 

By now you should have already implemented drawing into a part of your daily or weekly routine. Better daily than weekly. But, weekly, used here, is used loosely; being that 4-5 times per week is your weekly routine. 

 

Make sure you are spending time drawing. If you are not spending time drawing you aren't going to improve. 

 

3. protectiveness of your work

 

This is where you must be careful. You need criticism. Seek it out. Ask people to, please, tell you what they really think. Ask people whom you care about; the people whose opinions matter to you. 

 

Take what they say and do not make argument. Realize that there are things that you could improve.

 

4. desire to show others your work

 

See number 3. Also, plan to frame some of your works, if not the ones you have in your sketch pad now--but in the future plan to have a BIG ASS show of your amazing work. This also lends into number 1 (above) having a high regard for your work.

 

5. an art making process

 

Here is where you need to strech yourself for the purposes of this exercise. If there is a habit that you have or if there are many, decide today that you are going to take that habit and throw it out of the window.

You have paged through your work and maybe you have decided to work on a particular one that you have neglected. Take a pen or some other mark making instrument and draw and unexpected or emotional line through it. Put in a shadow but do it uncontrolled with feeling.

 

If there is a piece that you are struggling with that you would love to throw away---take it now and do this very thing to it. WAIT! Don't use hate emotion. Don't get a piece of work and play with hate. Play instead with ART. Bring happiness into that bitch. Show that drawing where it was supposed to go with your lines; politely.

 

Next, take a drawing you love and remember those HATE feelings. Imagine destroying that piece of work. In actuality, I came here today to tell you to take a piece of your work that you believe is amazing and DESTROY IT! 

 

Expel all your art angst onto that thing. Realize that no matter what; you can do it again if you tried. Throw it in the trash! Burn it! Destroy it...make sure you take a picture of it first---or don't take a picture if you want to feel the true void. I recommend true void avenue but I am an artist with either a severe secure attachment or an artist with no conscience.....

 

Realize how upsetting it would feel to not have that drawing any more. 

 

6. a level of obssessiveness 

 

We all know that art making requires a slightly obssessive personality trait. For this stage of the exercise I want you to think of your drawing as if it is the new guy/gal in your life that makes your heart flutter; the one you think of constantly. Your art should be something that you want to look at all the time. 

 

 

Take your Drawing to the NEXT Level: Drawing Instruction V: COPYING

| 08 September, 2013 22:19

Materials required:

1. printer

2. printer paper

3. an image that fits the size of the paper in your sketch pad

4. ebony pencil, I belive it is prismacolor which makes the best one

http://www.usartsupply.com/ItemDetail.aspx?ItemNo=SAN+14420&gclid=CLeL7q6jvbkCFctr7Aod_GwARg

5. pen

6. tape

 

Possibly a long awaited instruction

as my promises to be a weekly one 

were not so

I want to use this instruction to delineate the importance of copying

I think as an artist you may find yourself without ideas; occassionally - or more than you want to admit

You want so badly to be ORIGINAL and unique

To be unique--so much so, copying seems completely OUT of the picture!

You are right to think that

If you are any kind of artist; in real terms--

copying is not the most attractive of exercises

 

For this exercise, please, put that notion aside

I am NOT in any shape or form saying to trace

But I am saying it is time....

 

Well, let's back up a minute....

You should already be keeping a drawing journal of your original works 

that come from your memory

Start a new page and find a picture of something you love

Something you want to reproduce 

that you wish was your original work

If you have a printer or have access to such

print it

print it to the size that will fit in your sketch pad

Step by step: Drawing Instruction V

1. Print out a picture you would love to reproduce

2. Turn the paper over so the image is facing down

3. Take an ebony pencil in your hand

4. Shade the back of the image with your Ebony pencil evenly and light enough that you don't destroy the integrity of the printed image on the other side

5. Tape that image to your sketch pad; image up; printed side up

6. Draw over the lines on the print out with your pen; the lines you covet

7. Draw ALL of them....all of the lines you love

8. Once you are done

9. Take the tape off and remove the printed out image

10. There should be a slight transfer of the lines you drew on top of the printed image you drew in your sketch pad

11. Keep the original print-out for reference- but put it aside

12. Complete the drawing--reline the soft graphite looking image

13. Put yourself into the drawing; your passion and excitement

14. Get out some colors or use different mark making techniques to fill in the image

15. When you are finished-admire yourself

16. Tell yourself that sometimes it is good to pay respect to those who have mastered a technique enough that you felt compelled to copy

17. Realize that copying is the HIGHEST form of flattery

18. Realize that the art gods deserve a service; this your service--your church--your solemn moment this holy damn day!

19. It isn't the artist, who made that image, but it is the force of art making that requires respect and flattery.

20. Realize that it isn't the artist that requires flattery, as the artist has flattered him or herself 'out of his or her mind' making beautiful imagery, rather, the compulsion is that which requires flattery.

21. How does one flatter a compulsion? By doing something about it---in this case--make art

22. Make someone else's art and love yourself for it! Love art for it! 

23. Remind yourself, that to be a true artist, it must be your religion--an art museum your church--your marks a tribute to the world that requires your existence.

It may seem to you that there are SO many artists doing shit that you think you  could never do. People are always coming up with ideas that squash your ONE AMAZING idea that week! Get over it. This is normal to think this way. We all struggle there. But the place where you need to take the time to realize art and the art way is to pay respect. Pay respect to all of those that have given you inspiration. In the end, this will make you a better artist. 

At the risk of sounding superstitious or authoritarian -- you must pay respect to the art gods. Once you realize it is a force outside of you--the same as the force that makes you breathe--which makes you want to draw, paint, etc. -- the sooner you will be able to get over yourself and make true art. 

 

 

 

Lines & Mark Making: Drawing Instruction IV

| 16 May, 2013 21:24

Let's take it back to the basics: Mark Making. 

 

Today, for this lesson, you will need a pencil, a piece of paper; at least the following size:11"X14", a ruler or straight edge and yourself ready to draw. 

 

You can use a mark making apparatus other than a pencil if you prefer. I prefer sharpies, sometimes, over a pencil as they have a certain sense of permanence which lends to the quality of this exercise. So, if you want to challenge yourself grab a sharpie because it exudes the requirement that you realize that you cannot erase any of the marks you made. 

 

You are welcome to, first, do the warm up exercises explained in Instruction I, if you feel it necessary---it is a good practice to keep---

OR you can negate them in this lesson as the lesson will essentially be a warm up and rendering session in one. 

 

First, take a moment to read this entry from Sophia.org which features many tutorials for all subjects. Specifically, you will need to read this tutorial before you begin: http://www.sophia.org/elements-of-art-line-tutorial 

 

 As an alternate to the warm up indicated in Drawing Instruction I, you can move your pencil around on a different piece of paper while reading the above tutorial. 

 

You can stop reading before the heading "Expressive Qualities of Line" because, for now, I simply want you to focus on the types of lines that are possible.

 

Look at your paper and decide, first, how you will deal with 4 types of line making. You can divide the paper up into 4 separate boxes or you can randomly draw different lines around the entire surface of the paper.

 

The explanation in the tutorial about actual and implied lines is for informational purposes; background. Your first plan of action should be to make the following types of lines without a preconceived notion of how your drawing will eventually end up looking:

 

Types of Lines:

 

1. Geometric or, otherwise known as, in-organic lines.

 

a. Draw shapes: Circles, squares, triangles, simple lines

 

b. Take some time to realize a part of the tutorial - link copied above – explains that a line is what connects two points. Make points by drawing two dots and connect the dots using a ruler.

 

 c. Also, take some time to realize that for the purposes of this exercise a point or dot is also considered an ‘in-organic line’. This notion will be useful after you read below.

 

d. Fill up the paper with as many in-organic lines until you feel satisfied.

 

Keep in MIND: We will come back to this and each succesive line (below) within this exercise, so, if you think of more lines to make later you can come back an fill them in. For now, keep your attention on each line I describe and make those lines until you feel satisfied. 

 

 2. Organic lines

 

 a. Draw some spontaneous lines – close your eyes, even, and use your imagination of what you are drawing to guide you.

 

b. Think about nature: plants, the human figure, animals, etc

 

c. Use your thoughts of nature to also inspire your line making.

 

 

3. Horizontal, Vertical and Diagonal lines

 

 a. Use your straight edge to fill in the paper with these types of lines.

 

 b. Take a moment to reflect on the concept, as explained in the tutorial, that each of these types/directions of lines convey a different emotion.

 

c. Be mindful when drawing these lines of the respective concept outlined for each type :

 

                i.      Horizontal – a sense of peacefulness, vastness and constancy

 

                ii.      Vertical – Alert attentiveness

 

                iii.      Diagonal – Action. Dynamism and vitality

 

 4. Descriptive Lines

 

a. These lines can essentially be considered organic lines when isolated, however, these lines are meant to give depth or to convey ornateness which signifies richness.

 

b. If you know how to shade, shading can essentially be considered descriptive line making because at the most rudimentary level this is a form of line making-essentially you are smearing a point/dot or even connecting them organically by shading.

 

c. Technicality: (this is simply meant as background for shading

 

             i.      Shading is considered rendering

 

            ii.      But rendering is a loose term that can mean:

 

                         (a).  A drawing or other work requiring many marks 

 

                         (b).  Working a drawing

 

                                     ---Example: if I asked you to 'render' a drawing more: it means to put in more descriptive lines or marks. If I say, 'this is a beautiful rendering of flowers' it means a piece of art which has many marks.

 

 By now you should have a pretty full piece of paper. Your paper should be filled with all of the above types of lines. Take 10 minutes and walk away from the drawing. Do something to take your mind off the drawing: play your candy crush or do a chore; something mundane for 10. Come back to your drawing and look at it without making any marks for a few minutes. Analyze the lines and the positions in which you placed them. Jog your memory about the kinds of lines each one is; see if you can remember what each kind is without looking at the tutorial or any of the above explanations. I am sure you will be able to remember them all with ease!

 

Go back through each type above and find 2 more places for each type of line. If you find that you want to make many more-be my guest!

 

It would be wonderful if you, whoever you are reading and following this or any other Instruction, to send me a picture of your drawings from these instructions. I would be honored to give you further advice and direction or simply encouragement. These instructions are posted on a weekly basis, at least that is the goal I attempt to attain, and if you follow them diligently I promise that you will become a better artist by simply doing something about drawing at least once every week. 

 

-Please pay special attention to the vocabulary: rendering and mark making. This is a mark making exercise and always think of any drawing exercise as a mark making exercise.