Wednesday, November 01, 2006

WIP Wednesday

I spent yesterday at the library trying to find a book on drawing that would inspire me. I found The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. It was really the subtitle that appealled to me - 'a course in enhancing creativity and artistic confidence'. I'm trying to come to terms with drawing but what I really want is to see and to think differently about the art I make. Drawing is hopefully a vehicle that will help me open up more creatively. I've made a commitment to draw everyday during the month of November. Most of my work in process today was getting started with an assignment to draw a "self-portrait", "a person, drawn from memory" and "my hand" - the hand comes the closest to resembling what it should. My husband will probably wonder what I really think of him! My own "self-portrait"... well, as my daughter said when she saw it 'some of the elements are right - but when you put them all together they don't quiet look like you.' Which is what I thought!

My other WIP is doodling! Last month I successfully "doodled" in The Journal of Madame Giovanni by Alexandre Dumas for thirty-one straight days. I'm documenting that journey at Mad Me Journals.

Also in the picture is my 'kim-doll' which I am determined finish: attach her hair; put her head on her body; and dress her - before the end of the month. She's been sitting around headless and naked for far too long!


Joanna van said...

Kim, this is great that you are using sketching to enhance your creativity. I am finding I would like to do this as well. It makes such a difference to be able to get it right in sketch first. But, as we know, this takes a great deal of practice! I am looking forward to seeing your month of "sketching." I am also trying to work to get a good face!

Granny Fran said...

Just the fact that you are drawing is what is important. You are doing what it takes to learn and improve.
I love your doodling, I hadn't heard of that before.
Kim-doll is interesting with her head in her lap; but I don't suppose you can leave her that way.

Kim said...

It's funny how doing some drawing has inspired me to do more. Great, another addiction!