Mar 25, 2014

Bliary Entry #7: Fighting the cold & inexperience

The Galway Urban Sketchers (unofficial, for the moment) were out as planned on Sunday, fighting seeping cold and various degrees of sleep deprivation. We set up at a nice spot in NUIG (National University of Ireland- Galway) and got straight to work. The sun was shining and the birds were calling, but it was deceptively cold, let me tell you. It was the kind of cold that creeps up on you and before you know it, you're freezing! I had a feeling this would be the case, so I came prepared, with fingerless gloves, a warm hat and a thick jacket. But even that wasn't enough by the end of it.
I assure you, it was colder than it looks.
Quite literally comparing scars. I tried a Robert Shaw impression. It wasn't good.
But despite the cold, a great time was had. I was planning on having a lovely illustration from the day to show, but I'm terribly unhappy with it and consider it unworthy of unveiling. But believe it or not, I look at this failure as a good thing. I thoroughly enjoyed being outside and drawing with my friends, and the experience really did provide me with information on where I need to improve and how to go about doing it.

I've been having a little bit of trouble with the old watercolours lately. Part of it is my nasty dabbing habit, part of it is the way I mix, I think. I tend to use pretty watery washes, and build them up with layers. But this leads to a loss of the spontenaity watercolours are so known for. The obvious solution to this is mixing stronger washes and applying the paint in a variety of strokes.

Which is exactly what I am going to do. As part of my whole 'must use spare time more effectively' kick, I've taken to drawing more during my lunch break. If the weather is nice, you'll find me outside, drawing some Galway location. If the weather is nasty (ALWAYS a possibility in Galway), I'll be inside, drawing in the break room.
The simple fact of the matter is, I have to get better at drawing and painting if I want to be the artists I can be. That will only happen through hard work and lots of hours drawing a variety of things.

Bring it on, say I!

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