Ridge came to my studio for a quick sketch this morning. He was a delightful model and his mom really liked the drawing. Ridge was a very patient model for a 5 year old!
I really enjoy sketching from life and as I always tell my students, life is the best teacher you will ever find. I’m always discovering something new, and I’ve done thousands of drawing in my career. One thing I always ask myself: how can I make this drawing unlike the thousands of previous drawings I’ve done? It would be so easy to come up with a pat system, as so many quick sketch artists tend to do.
That’s why I’m so glad I came to quick sketch art later than sooner. Most serious portrait painters start out sketching, graduating to oils later. So when I approach a quick sketch, I’m trying to make art, rather than do just another nice sketch.
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