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...was initially for pieces done on a computer, but has since become a free-for-all. Here you'll find process work (digital and otherwise), sketch pages and studies, sometimes with commentary.

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Remember kids : if you can't make pretty designs, at least make pretty lines!

-Paul

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sensitivity Training -- a drawing exercise

How rich our lives can be when we're sensitive! And how rich our artwork becomes when we apply the same practices to our subject matter!

Practices of a sensitive person:
-observes
-accepts
-listens
-finds and compliments the good
-forgives the bad


Once we identify our subject matter, we come to terms with what it is. We let it "speak" to us, hearing its story in detail. What we glean allows us to portray it an appropriate light, and avoid conflict with it by steering clear of trouble spots.

Sensitivity Check (pre-drawing) :

1) I am drawing a ____(noun)____.
2) It's ____(verb)ing____.
3) ...though it may as well be ____(alternate verb)ing____.
4) The things that are cool about this are : (list them -- play up)
5) The things that aren't cool about this are : (list them -- play down or omit)
6) Around it are ____(nouns)____. (keep subordinate)
7) The tone of this drawing will be : (choose an emotion or state of being)


Sensitivity Check (post-drawing) :

1) Did I remain faithful to my own findings and opinions?
2) Did I draw the right things to communicate those findings and opinions? Could something else have communicated them even better?
3) Will others understand what I was going for, literally and thematically?
4) If not, what in my picture is confusing the issue?


Facts can be disputed, but opinions are your own! By being sensitive, you do a favor to your subject, your audience and yourself!

4 comments:

Danny Araya said...

You should put out an artbook called Pumpkins n Porn

underfoot said...

"Pumpkin Fetish" is the working title :)

jbachdesign said...

Ahh, so important...I knew I was coming here for reasons other than just hot girl on girl action. Always appreciate the wisdom. :)

Nathan Andrew said...

Those are some great tips of advice. I believe that subtlety also comes as a by-product of sensitivity. Subtlety is often overlooked in art, in favor of exaggeration, but I think it's equally important. BTW, I love all the art here, and I appreciate the healthy dose of eroticism (why won't more artists express sexuality?)