All of us have daily habits. It may be a morning cup of coffee, an exercise routine or playing Words with Friends. The same is true of an artist. You go to your studio daily and draw or paint.
Every week for three years now I have gone to a weekly figure drawing class. Regular practice helps me develop and maintain my hand and eye coordination. This enhances all aspects of my watercolor painting as well. My eye is conditioned for shape, composition, balance and value.
Drawing is very personal and utterly engaging. I visually problem solve the drawing as my pen glides across the paper surface. I’m aware of the lights and shadows, the gesture of the pose and how I respond to the model.
I challenge myself by using ink. It’s one of those mediums that doesn’t allow for mistakes and you either get it right or you don’t. I may get one out of every ten to twenty drawings but that makes it all the more satisfying when it happens. Lately I’ve been working on a series of contour (line) drawings with painted backgrounds.
Drawing for me is an artistic pursuit that is always evolving and entirely compelling as well as habit forming.