Pulling the drawing out of the Valley, and learning how to do this over and over, is the key to drawing well.
Whenever we get frustrated or discouraged, I have found it helpful to have a few mantras and a list of STEPS to follow to re-focus the mind and get the drawing back on track.
These steps help me, and I have found they help my students as well:
- Breathe. You can’t draw if your brain thinks you are dying.
- Look. Drawings fail when we forget to look at the subject.
- Mark. Make ONE mark. Stop your hand. Put your pencil down if you need to.
- Check. Look at the subject again, look at your mark again, and correct it.
- Repeat. Do this 10 times. Then do it 10 more times.
P.S. It works for painting, too!
WORKSHOP: Drawing the Figure in Chalk and Charcoal on Toned Paper: January 2013, San Francisco