Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Apple in 50 strokes

OK, so it took me 62! A self proclaimed blending queen, setting a goal of using minimal strokes was fun yet challenging andthought provoking. My ground rules: the drawing didn't count against stroke total. No wiping off. Use 50 strokes or less.
I knew I was in trouble, when I had used 28 in the shade area. Ooops! Each stroke counts. Watch those double dabbs.....that's two. No mulligans. That only works for golf. No blending!!!! Put the stroke on and leave it. No blending!!! If the value, hue, or saturation was wrong, it could be painted over, but that was another stroke.
I didn't finish in 50, but was rather satisfied with my 62. Much better than the 9 million it would normally take. The apple is the same as the one I painted Saturday. I think I like this one better.
I'll try this again and again. It will make me more aware of what I'm doing, plus make my work more "painterly."
The morning was spent doing drawing exercises. All contour drawings. It was obvious that I wasn't cheating by sneeking a peek at the paper. No one would have guessedwhat I was looking at as reference. By the end of 3 hours, the drawing began to resempble (somewhat) what I was observing.
I did learn that my arm was out of shape. It got tired!!

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