After only a month of doing Art Tuesday, I’m thinking that maybe this will be the last one. I actually skipped putting this up last week (I was burnt out on Howard & Nester) and was hoping that maybe the extra week would in turn encourage more entries, but alas, not a single new entry! A sad day for Art Tuesday, even though I just said in the last podcast that I’d love to keep it going.
The fact is, all this stuff takes time. If there is no interest, there is no sense in putting in the time and effort. I’m not blaming anyone, as I said in the podcast, I was extremely happy and surprised with the initial turn out of drawings for Art Tuesday and was very grateful! The thing is, those first few assignments were, well, fun. The moment I started moving over into harder drawing exercises is when I started losing people. Essentially something fun all of a sudden became work. That’s sort of the thing with drawing, it is indeed fun, but to get good at it to that point where it is always fun requires work. You need to go through the hard stuff, the sort of things you probably wouldn’t normally draw, like some old boot, in order to really expand your craft.
I tried to balance fun with work in all of the assignments thus far. Negative space is a hard concept which is why I decided to use something like Link to try and get the idea across. With the hands, I wanted to go back to the speed of the 60 Second Batman in hopes it would catch the attention of people that tried that out. After all, it’s only a minute and thirty seconds of work.
Which leads us to our few entries into the Gesture Drawing of three hands in 60 seconds. The idea behind doing a sequence of gesture drawings is to loosen the artist up. I always found these fun to do in life drawing class, as the model would switch his/her pose every minute or so. It keeps you on your toes, and while the drawings start out awful they actually get better as time moves on. Eventually your mind starts to wrap around the concept of this constantly changing figure and your able to quickly capture the shapes better with each consecutive drawing.
Obviously drawing three hands at 60 seconds each is not going to recapture this exercise perfectly, but the idea is still the same. Here are our entries.
First, let us give Russel Casse a round of applause for being the one person to hand in something every single week. Like all of Russel’s work, I think his hands are pretty good! To be honest, I see a lot of drawing potential in Russel, I almost wonder if he knew he had this skill? With some actual serious training and drawing, I think Russ would actually get quite good at drawing. He has a pretty good eye for it!
His wife Emily also took part in this assignment. According to the comments, she does not like drawing hands. You can see this in her artwork, and I almost wonder if she only did it because Russ begged her to. That said, these aren’t terrible, and I believe if she was into this idea more she could have turned in something she would have been more proud of. This again goes back to what I was saying about drawing becoming work. She is disinterested in the subject and therefore the quality of the work suffers. I’m glad she turned in something though, it always helps to have to something you’ve done before to know where you stand. Maybe one day she’ll take up the challenge again on her own and really surprise herself.
Frank decided to take part in this assignment, and he kind of cheated. Sort of. He admitted that he spent way more than 60 seconds a hand and ended up drawing a whole bunch in the process. They do look really nice though! Frank is one of those people that enjoys drawing hands, and you can see it in his work. He had so much fun that instead of stopping after the three hands, he continued to move onto other ones. He even drew his hand drawing a (oversized, as he points out) mug.
My hands are okay. I’m not happy with my last one in the least. Usually the last one should be one of the stronger drawings in a sequence of gesture drawings, but I guess I didn’t have enough time to fall into the groove. It’s easily my worst. I actually thought about drawing more hands myself and cheating like Frank did, but I did these before putting this post together and I kind of want to get to bed at a decent time, ha.
So there they are. There is no assignment lined up for next week. My original thought was to let everyone draw a still life of an electronic object, be it a cell phone, game controller, iPod, etc. If you really, really want to, you can go ahead and do this and post it on the message board when you’re done. I’d still like to do one because it’s been nice doing these assignments.
Who knows, maybe Art Tuesday will return again someday, but for now, let us let it go back into hiding. Thank you to everyone that took part in these over the weeks, it was fun.