On drawing and life

The books I’ve been reading about drawing all say use a pencil and draw from the inside out.

I’ve found that useful for learning proportions and starting to learn body positioning.

But I’ve found that drawing with a brush pen and drawing whatever feature you wish to draw first is very freeing.

With a pencil I have this compulsion to go back and refine, erase, redo, while the lines get darker, heavier, and more rigid with every pass.

With a brush pen you get what you your hand sees. There is no erasing, no redoing. You create from whatever appears.
I’ve found that the expressions are more fluid and the personality of the drawing so much more apparent with one pass brush drawing.

I wonder how this applies to life. I’ve always been a planner, a practicer, a potential stuck in the mud type.
I’m not spontaneous, nor a procrastinator.
I like order, and chaos in its place so I know where to find it when i want it and how to avoid it if needed.

I think maybe the brush pen is the contained chaos. The desired end result is known, the general method of operation is known, it’s just the specific parts of the whole that are still unknown.

Maybe using the brush pen is good for me; maybe breaking away from the “everyone says” rules is good for my psyche. Of course its possible that it’s not but what the hell, no one has any idea what’s going on anyway.

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  1. Anonymous

     /  May 17, 2012

    While I realize your post has much more to it than just technique, I have to tell you what I learned from a friend. She showed me that if I wanted to do a drawing of my daughter from a photograph to get it right the first time all I needed to do was draw it with the photograph upside down. Changes your perspective and you only draw what you see not what you think you see. It worked perfectly. I did a pencil drawing of her that looked photo perfect.

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  2. Yeah, that does work! I first learned it back in high school, I was amazed!

    I can draw from pictures, photos, etc, I can’t draw from my imagination though; that’s what I’m working on right now, imagination.

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  3. Anonymous

     /  May 18, 2012

    Yeah, I can’t do that either. Wishing you luck.

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  4. Anonymous

     /  May 18, 2012

    Crap. Lol it’s me, annonmous aka Alyce. 🙂

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