October 10th, 2007

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"Quiet Drawing Time" or "Shape Upside Down"

I'm sitting in class right now surveying my chicks. There are 7 in this class...one was sick last week. We went over basic shapes again; only two had done their homework and they were perfunctory at best. Back to the literal drawing board. We just spent the last 15-20 minutes drawing items in the classroom and trying to find their basic shape. No...you can not draw the wall, even if it is cube shape! It is disappointing to listen to some of them try and go the path of least resistance..."okay, I'll draw the file cabinet...do I have to draw the handles TOO?"

Drawing is like any other skill...in order to get better one must PRACTICE...and one has to push ones self. A pianist doesn't get good by playing the same piece over and over and over...without trying anything new for years on end.

Right now I am having them doing upside down drawings...one of the early exercises from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Some had done it before but fortunately thought it was fun..."because it actually works." :)

I have to remember these kids are not going to Sheridan...their lives do not revolve around drawing a series of interesting cubes and cylinders, that they are more than likely NOT going to grow up and become artists...but I've got to get them excited about drawing...enough that they can see improvement from when I started and that they discover the importance of keeping ones self stimulated creatively.

Also I like the exercise because they are quiet, it's productive and I can type in my LJ.
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Flying Ace

"For Peter" or "RRARRRRR!!!"

My friend pvenables has been a bit on my mind...what with it being his birthday a week or so ago, health troubles with his cat, knowing his family passed a somber and sad anniversary,  the way his very being encourages me to get off my duff and draw more...so I doodled this for him. 

Here you go Peter!  Happy Belated Birthday and all that other stuff! :)

Flying Ace

"10 things" or "In no order of importance we present..."

1.  3D Thundercats movie in the works.  What do you want to bet it'll be mo capped...because you know...there's SO many feline humanoids running around we can glue a bunch of ping pong balls to.

2. Speaking of Thundercats...teamups nobody wants to see...Wily Kat and Wily Kit meeting the Wonder Twins.  Though...it would give them somebody to date.  Maybe Gleek and Snarf can hang out.

3. Teen Jedi Squad.  I kill myself thinking how the jokes just write themselves.

4. I had a really good time with the class today.  The upside down drawing went fairly well though the class was overly chatty.  Far be it from me to contantly harp on kids to be quiet...except this exercise is *designed* to shift you from a loud talky left brain to a quiet observational right brain.  Every person that was talking was ripping the ones that were trying to do the exercise out of this self imposed artistic trance.  I started to get really, really annoyed.

Fortunately the second class went better.  There were only 3 of them today so we did some blind contour drawing, some regular contour drawing, some quick gestures...talked about what to hit, what to look for etc and then we went outside.  I let them play frisbee for 5 minutes with the instructions to pay attention how the other players moved...how THEY moved...what their bodies were doing...and then come back and draw.  It went pretty well and went even better when recess let out and the formerly quiet yard was full of screaming, swinging, playing little kids.

5. I need to finalize my story for Scrivener's this week and start drawing the darn thing!  Next Saturday (the 20th) is this year's 24 hour comic and I need to get myself ready for it by doing a LOT of drawing on other projects.

6. I keep reflecting on talks I heard at this years General Conference.  I need to pray more and LISTEN more. 

7. The #7 is working part time on another list.

8. I'm looking forward to class tonight to kick my butt.  I need those endorphins like I need food.

9. My littlest brother has been much on my mind today and I keep casting the occassional prayer upwards.  Also I sent home with Lisa his Munchkin games which he'll be picking up along with some furniture this weekend.  I hope all are enjoyed.

10. I love my big fuzzy boy.