Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Drawing....do you do it?

Today in our discussion group the topic was sketchbooks and whether or not we use them for planning. The biggest reason I like my sketchbook (and any drawing materials, for that matter) is because I like drawing. Drawing is my friend! You are never lonely when you use a sketchbook. I really like to draw as much as I like to paint. Plain old garden-variety graphite drawings! Do you like to do them?


Pictured: a self portrait that I did on newsprint awhile ago in my "bunker" studio

18 comments:

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Yes! Love sketching and always carry one (a thin Moleskin) with me. I think that I can use mine more and more deliberately in the future. I plan to try!

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Kathy said...

For me, drawing is fundamental to producing a good painting. I may not always stay true to my initial drawing when I paint, but it always helps to draw first.

-Don said...

Great question, Celeste. I used to draw all the time. Now I use that creative time in Photoshop and Illustrator doing my "drawing" thru those tools. Every now and then I'll draw something just to prove to myself I can still do it. -Don

AutumnLeaves said...

What a gorgeous portrait, Celeste! I used to love to draw. Failure has taken a lot of the joy away, however. Still and yet, it is a basic foundation and one I need to work at much more diligently.

Caio Fernandes said...

ohhhh.... i have no love for drawing .
i do it sometimes , really rarely .
and much of what i call drawing , isn't it , is painting in just one color , because the image is built by spots and not lines .
one day i am going to tell you how , with 3 , 4 years old i almost brocke my father's tv just because it was passing a documentarie about a painter that used to draw the board before to paint . hahahh!!
your work there is great by the way .

billspaintingmn said...

"Drawing is my friend" and "garden variety graphite"
That sounds so cool :)
Come to think of it,I was born with
pencil & paper, I draw all the time.
Some doodles, some ruffs, cartoons,
just about anything & everything.
I've never done a self portrait though, I'm not sure why.

Mary Jane said...

I draw a lot of small sketches of characters and doodles most days at least for a little while. I am a bit addicted to my computer software and this is not good. I draw. I scan. I manipulate. But you make me remember how much I like to work on a big sheet of news print paper with a stick of conte or a good sheet of hot press with a soft graphite pencil.
Your drawing in the photo is beautifully done. Inspiring!
You make me want to get back to basics and see if I can still do it.
Thanks for the blog today.

ArtSparker said...

I like your lively lines.

hwfarber said...

Drawing, for me, is as necessary as breathing. Great self portrait.

Sheila said...

I used to draw all the time, unfortunately it was usually on bits on note paper during patrol briefings, classes and conferences. I need to start bringing my little sketch book with me. Thanks for the inspiration Celeste!

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

Hi Celeste, YES! I love my drawings. I was thinking about this yesterday. Some may make it into a painting, but most won't. I just love the drawings themselves! I love the tactile feel of soft graphite on paper. I've tried to convert to drawing on the computer, but the feeling isn't there!

Oops, carried away! Love your drawings too! (Feb: love everything!)

Dean H. said...

A really good self portrait, Celeste.

I used to draw constantly...from photos, life sketching, whatever. Unfortunately, I have slipped away from that practice.
Now, it seems I'm in such an all fired hurry, I jump in painting. Sometimes with a hurried placement sketch, sometimes more detailed. But never with thumbnails or value sketches.
The result is that I'm often surprised by the painting I see before me. Sometimes in a bad way-sometimes in a good way. But I feel kinda hooked on the excitement of the unknown factor emerging on my canvas.

Weird, huh?? Lol.

Craig Granger said...

Celeste, I do drawings whenever I have time. Drawing with charcoal is a great way to keep your eye sharp while not having to worry about color and temperature. Charcoal drawings were done by all the great masters and were an essential study tool as well as a nice way to create a great piece of art.

PAMO said...

Great drawing Celeste!
I'm still learning to draw so that I can be a better painter. It's been tough- and wonderful. But I hope to always draw.
Great post Celeste! Thanks.

Kaylyn said...

This question has been tumbling around in my head all week. The short answer: Yes I draw. Personally, I really don't distinguish between drawing and painting as both are the active engagement of eye and hand. The paintings that come after a series of pencil sketches, or quick oil sketches, are much better than those that don't!

I may get around to addressing this in more detail on my site, because I think it is a very important and potent question.

Kaylyn said...

Actually, considering the comments here, a painting challenge group or a shared blogsite could be centered on the preparatory work for paintings. That could be very interesting and instructive for all of us!

Eva said...

I believe in drawing! I have an arm full of sketchbooks from earlier time. Then I found out that it took my eyes too long to adapt to the larger distance, then back to short distance again, so I had to give it up. But you can see a choice of my drawings on http://www.allerlei-kuenste.de/zeichnungen/