tea berry-blue (teaberryblue) wrote,
tea berry-blue

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on drawing

Still life and me is like broccoli and many people. I know it is good for me and will expand my physical abilities, but I just can't bring myself to enjoy it or eat it with cheddar sauce.

I appreciate that there are people who have a gift as far as drawing from life. I think it's a very cool thing to be able to do. I even find it enjoyable to draw people from life, as it improves my ability to draw people from my imagination. But I just don't enjoy doing it, and while I can do it fairly well when I put my mind to it, it's something I have to be in the mood to do and spending an entire day drawing inanimate objects that will not improve my ability to convincingly render fictional characters (unless someone wants to play a sentient radish) makes me a bit weary. It's hard work, looking that intensely at things, and usually when I draw, I am doing it to relax, not to strain my eyes-- I do that enough as a matter of course.

Today we spent three hours drawing radishes and beets. Not only did this make me intensely hungry because I hadn't eaten dinner yet, but it was a very frustrating process because beets are not people, and neither are radishes, and they were real beets and radishes and not ones I had to imagine and then render without a model.

I tried to pretend my radishes were fancy goldfish, which ameliorated the process somewhat, but it was still a bit aggravating and I burnt out by the end. So now I'm going to chill and draw imaginary people, which is what I do best. And what I like to do.
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