A Nice Gesture for a Sunday Evening

GestureDrawing, originally uploaded by carolsLittleWorld.

Today I *finally* got around to uploading some drawings from my recent sessions. I hope you like them though I have to admit they are, ahem, a bit “primitive” in nature (translation: I don’t know how to draw very well.) I have to admit though that, even though I cannot draw as well as I would like, the sessions were great and I hope to continue with more drawing in the future. If you were paying attention back in January, it was actually one of my New Year’s resolutions to “do more with drawing” so, check mark! This has been completed (a bit) though I would still love to do more with this over the course of the year.

I’m at an odd juncture with my drawing. I mean, I’m able to draw people now, I’m starting to get the hang of those old da Vinci proportions and all, but I don’t feel like I can draw people quite well enough, and I certainly don’t feel like I can capture their true “essence” (if that were even possible.) I can draw people so they look sort of human but I can’t quite draw well enough so that, say, somebody looking at one of my drawings of you would say, “oh look! I know that guy. Why, that’s…”

So this brings me to my juncture. Do I continue and step up the pace with life drawing or go back and paint more? Do I try to really “nail” those da Vinci Vitruvian Man good looks or do I go back to the ease of things like the landscape and my first true love architecture?

Normally, this would not even be a question for me-I’d drop the people like a hot potato and go back to doing what I love and what I do best but, under these circumstances, I’m inclined to continue on with the humans. I’m actually starting to think about doing more with people as a subject, more life drawing, since I enjoyed it so much. It isn’t wrong to put people in otherwise very pretty buildings, is it? (Please tell me it’s not.) Maybe I could just stick a few gestural drawings into some of my still life/otherwise empty rooms. That wouldn’t be so bad now, would it?

Well, I suppose, only time will tell.

Until next time…



  1. mythopolis
    March 1, 2010 / 4:26 am

    It is a really nice sketch. What does Da Vinci have to do with that? I don't get that part of it…but nice. It says something. The quick gestures are often the best. Are you French? I only ask because they are always guilt-tripping themselves about their history. Who gives a shit? Be here now, the sketch is what it is. I think it is quite sweet.

  2. capriea
    March 1, 2010 / 4:16 pm

    ….and you got the most important three parts in the right spot !!!!!

  3. Carol
    March 1, 2010 / 7:34 pm

    Thanks, Mythopolis!

    Sorry for the confusion. This sketch is just a loose sketch, but I'm doing some other drawings that are more realistic (look for those to be posted in future posts.) It's those other drawings that have me wondering if I should try to do more with my study of proportions and the human form or abandon things where I am now and go back to my first love of architecture.

    I'm mostly Italian but a little bit French and English. Even a small amount of American Indian thrown in so, in truth, a "mutt" (of sorts.)

    Thanks, Capriea! I love these kind of quick sketches but I know that not everybody appreciates them.

  4. Kala
    March 3, 2010 / 5:49 am

    I quite like the sketch. I take photographs because I cannot paint or draw LOL.

  5. Deepa Praveen
    March 3, 2010 / 9:14 am

    I am not an artist.but i adore this and love the way..how those simple lines can made a perfect skecth..i am sure dear.you can do wonders with pencil and paint..good luck waiting for more

  6. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    March 3, 2010 / 11:20 am

    Hi Carol,
    As you know I know nothing whatsoever about drawing. But I do have a lot of thoughts about strengths and weaknesses and creativity and talents. And drawing upon all that, what I think is that you should please yourself and do what makes you happy. You don't have to commit to it for the rest of your life, just for the duration of the course. And you'll always have architecture waiting in the wings.

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