Monday, November 30, 2009

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

My quest for drawing improvement hit a road bump this week because Art Center no longer has figure workshops till next term. For the past 2 months I have spent almost every weekday drawing at Art Center. The only drawing workshops I have now are the Art Directors Guild workshop on Tuesdays from 7-10pm and Bill Stouts workshop on Sundays from 10am-1pm. I hear Nucleus has a workshop on Wednesdays, but if it is more than $10 count me out. To fill in my practice gap, I started reading "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards. Friends of mine told me to check out this book, but I would ignore their advice because I was already paying a large amount of money to attend art college and didn't want to admit a $17.95 book could help me. After I finished reading the second volume of "Drawn to Life" by Walt Stanchfield (BTW the best drawing book I have ever read) his word became gospel and he mentioned Betty Edwards often. I started reading her book last night and I am going to do all the drawing exercises she teaches and post my progress here on my blog. Here is my first drawing for her self portrait practice:My facial expression may not reflect how intent I am about taking her book seriously, but I really am. If I can improve half as much as her student examples than I will be a happy man. The next two exercises I will post by tomorrow. The exercises are to draw my hand and draw someone from memory. Drawing my hand will be fun because I have always loved drawing hands. Drawing a person from memory sounds like it will be difficult. I know in the past whenever I try to describe someone to somebody and they don't know who I mean, I can usually sketch the person and they know who I am talking about, but the way I draw is with basic symbols and caricature. I'm not sure how I will handle drawing someone from memory but I imagine it will be embarrassing to post.

Updated Portfolio

I've updated my portfolio website with new figure drawings and website layout. Che..che...Check it out!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


CTN is over and I had a great time. The panels were very cool and informative. I would like to thank the exceptional artists that gave me a critique and helped me set goals to improve my drawing. Thank you to Glen Vilpuu, Fabian Molina, Bobby Chiu, Ed Gombert and Joe Haidar on your very helpful advice. I have a better idea on what I need to focus on in order to create better work, and (hopefully) reach a new level.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


My mother started college before I was born. She is now about to graduate. We all move at our own pace. CONGRATULATIONS MOM!