"Draw, draw, draw," is my mentor Ann James's very good advice (she really enjoys my drawings and loves them all). Moving hand gives me solution.Think nothing, but I'm having fun. Indeed, Editor/Publisher Helen Chamberlin said at the beginning, "Enjoy! Have fun!!" I feel Helen is very thoughtful, who knows me very well. I'm producing lots of black & white images and enjoy colour experiments.
Ultimately, drawing skills decides other painting skills like any artist asserts. To refresh myself between colour works, I always go back to "black and white" and "value" again. Live models or sketching is the best way to improve my watercolour skills, too.
When I attended the picture book illustration course a long time ago, a lecturer, Wayne Harris soon noticed my A4 sketches piled on a desk in a class room (I always brought them with myself to anywhere). Wayne looked up the drawings and said with a smile,
"Sadami, with a few lines, your capture figures very well!" I blushed up at an unexpected compliment. Donna Rawlins, too, at once, recognised my drawing skills and phoned me in person.
Wayne's say echoes in me. I've kept on drawing, drawing, drawing on. For me, lines should be "the fewer, the better." Confidently, strongly and rhythmically, lines must be drawn on papers. Yes, good lines dance on papers! The simpler, the better. Also, a well-organized simple line looks like "nothing special." But in fact, it's sufficient enough and right on spot and in space. I know a good line has a long hidden history or a result of tens of millions of attempts.
I hope myself to keep spontaneity on papers in a studio, too.
Oh, yes, we will start a life drawing class from today!
I'll enjoy drawing and illustration more.
Friends, you, too, Happy Painting!!