Find Your Voice in Art

find your voice So you want to learn better figure drawing? Practice!

You don’t have to take a college course, or have a degree in drafting. I bought a book called “Human Anatomy for Artist” and sketched every day. Page by page watch the curves and shadowing. 

There are also online figure drawing photos for different poses. I also got a Kindle book “Art Models 6”, there is an entire series of these books for Kindle or paperback, check Amazon. There are a variety of men and women used to give you practice on the figure. 

I have sketched at the museums of Paris (had a great disappointment in seeing the Mona Lisa, but fascination with David.), and I have sketched at small town USA museums. You can study how the masters did it, but practice is the only method that works. Once you keep wearing out pencils, charcoals, etc. you will find your own style. 

I am a HUGE fan of the Pre-Raphaelites, but I don’t want to create like they do. Admire and use the masters of the past as a guide, but find your own voice to show the world. Picasso stated something about stealing like an artist… he meant for you to strive to learn from other artists, not do what they did. Who wants a copy of a master’s painting from nobody?

My mother complained that she couldn’t draw a stick figure. She began studying, practiced and now has commissions for her sculptures and paintings. She does what she enjoys and finds her own ways of doing what makes her feel good about what she created. 

Never say “never” because that is such a harsh word for life. If you don’t attempt you won’t learn or achieve what you are wanting to accomplish. 

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