In my last sketching post, I was lamenting my lack of drawing flair. See, I can draw. What I’m missing is my very own michele-type style. A few of your comments on that post were quite insightful I felt, and got me to thinking.
For instance, Catie suggested:
Aneesah recalled a moment from her own experience. She wrote:
“I’ve struggled with style since forever. I’ve been told by a lecturer that I’m too literal… I think that means I don’t use my right brain enough. There isn’t enough of me in the artwork, more needs to go in the process.”
She also added wisely:
“Style takes time and experimentation.”
Wow, it’s like that lecturer was speaking directly to me from across the chasm of time… The idea of “being too literal” and putting “more of me” into the drawing really struck a chord. You’re so right Aneesah. If I’m just reproducing what’s already there (as I’ve done with the elephant photo above) then maybe I’m investing too little of myself in the work. Perhaps what I could try instead is to practice interpreting the photo rather than just reproducing it verbatim. Then I might see more of myself in it. I might even begin to develop my own style… Hmm, what an intriguing concept!
Thanks for your thoughtful and considerate comments. I do appreciate every one, and try to learn from them whenever possible.
Have yourself a beautiful day.