I'll be sharing in this blog my progress over the next twelve weeks as I polish my drawing skills following a seven-year break while I wrote seven novels.
During that time there has been a huge chance in art materials. Some favourite drawing tools I've used in the past, such as Stabilitone, are no longer on the market. Furthermore, the drawing section of online catalogs are stocked with a diverse range, that I'd not heard of before, and, other than in the traditional range of graphite pencils, I don't know where to begin.
I'm hoping that the introduction to materials will cover some of the newest colour markers as there is such an enormous variety, and my budget cannot expand to try them all, I hope for guidance on what might best suit my needs.
Drawing from observation will be something I have experience in, but a decade of full-time writing and aging means that I need limbering up exercises. As I mentioned, I'm rusty, not having drawn for seven years. This unit, RMIVIS14, Making Your Mark in Drawing, is an excellent refresher to get back to full-time artwork.
The disciplines of doing exercises in the elements of point, line, tone, contrast, texture, colour, scale, repetition, and composition will be useful for me. Frankly, I've not heard the expression, "elements of point," before, so you can teach an old dog new tricks.
The subjects chosen for the projects are:
Mirth—I just cracked up in laughter at the idea of a self-portrait of me, unwell, and at age seventy-one.
This will be a significant set of challenges for me to accomplish over the OUA STUDY PERIOD 3 2017.
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I'll not be sharing any of my teaching/student notes from RMIT, as they will be copyright. All I can share here will be my drawing and the personal experience of my return to art study at seventy-one.
If you think this will be easy for me, given that I've been a professional artist in the past, then you don't know my current circumstances—and I don't plan to elaborate to the difficulties. Let's just say, "the next three months is a big unknown zone." I'm hoping that I'll be allowed to work small. I'll need to keep my art kit beside my hospital case at this stage, as I'm going into this training period while physically ill, but very much mentally alive and keen to be the best I can be.
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