Drawing was never my strong feature as an artist. It was always the place where I had to struggle, and it didn't come easy to me. It was a means to an end in painting, and as a painter I could "get by" most of the time with my limited drawing skills. But after awhile "getting by" wasn't enough and so I began to focus attention on honing my drawing skills. Drawing has taught me how to see. I didn't like drawing much because it was harder than painting, and I had to really work at it.
After I had some training with some very fine teachers like James Childs, Dean Keller and Frederick Franck, I began to love to draw for the sake of it, and now I teach it myself. I like to work in Silverpoint as well as most of the common drawing media like pencil and charcoal. I seldom work in pen and ink.
One big regret I have is that I am not a “sketcher”. I enjoy blogs and websites of several people I follow who do “sketch” drawings, who achieve very sophisticated drawings on location, in the rain, snow, and blazing sun. Perhaps, because drawing did not come easily I turned to the camera to record everything I see instead.
I think that because of my struggles with drawing I am especially tuned to my student’s difficulties with learning this skill, which is, after all, so closely allied with handwriting that in my opinion if we could learn to write we also can learn to draw. How well, depends on how often you do it!
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