So, the latest season of drawing classes started up again today. And a lesson was learned: truth is in the details; don’t get cocky with on outline.
As we entered the classroom, I was all smiles, looking upon an orchid posing with elegance and grace. But by the end – I was wretched and smudged darkly with graphite.
The drawing had not gone well – as you can see below. The reason? After an initially successful sketch, I assumed I’d understood the lay of the plant. Too confident, too early – I turned to tone. Leaning heavily with my 9B, I scarred my page with bold black lines.
Before I’d investigated the subtle tones and details of the object as a whole, I thought I’d understood and had tried to make things black and white. ‘And in doing so, I lost the truth of what I was seeing.
Sounds like a lesson for writing, environmentalism & life in general!
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