I was horrible at drawing classes. The teacher would always teach things that didn’t interest me. Perspective, shading, vases of frickin’ flowers… I HATED that. And sucked at it too. Or rather, I didn’t even really try. The thing was, I wanted EXPRESS myself. I wanted to tell stories and to convey emotions and atmospheres…didn’t care about the technical side of things too much. And frankly, I still don’t.
But if you resist drawing lessons so strongly, then how do you learn to draw? Because, let’s face it…only practice and training will get you there. I found out I’m only receptive to learning the technical side of the matter when I need a technique to express what I want to express. So, I seek those lessons when I need them by learning from other artists. A lot of it is self-study, like I showed in my last post. But the other part is mostly online classes. Like this little painting…that’s MY painting (those of you who know me, will recognize the protagonist!), but totally somebody else’s style, which I learned in an online class.
After having been practically paintless for a few months, I wanted to do something totally different…just to get that spark to get moving. I chose an online course by The Secret Hermit. Most artists keep their secrets to themselves, but more and more artists are sharing it in online classes. It’s so fascinating to see in detail and without constraint how somebody else paints…really makes your fingers itch. My oldest daughter was immediately captivated by The Secret Hermit’s videos and before I knew it, she fetched a chair and a canvas and sat herself down right beside me. We painted together for two days…
I love online courses. Not only do they allow me to sit in the comfort (preferably in peejays) of my own studio, I can also choose courses that teach things I want to learn or that seem great fun to me. I really enjoyed The Secret Hermit’s course! Her style is so different from what I do. It’s not a style I will carry through in my journals and paintings as a whole. But what I do at such courses, is that I loosen up towards my own style after a drawing or painting or two. The third painting in my journal already heads much more towards my own style and therefore feels a lot more like my OWN.
remain with me from every course. It’s like studying other people’s
illustrations like I showed in my last post. It’s not copying or runnig
off with somebody else’s work. It’s studying their signature, learning
from them and perhaps incorporating aspects of them into your own