Drawing with the group at a local "Antique Mall."
Because we are an official group, we get to go to
many fascinating places!
(one of us always gets permission beforehand.)
My visual challenges were about proportion, perspective, & relationships between objects.
Some others in the group focused on individual object studies.
I'd like to do that too, studies with more depth & detail,
There were many "nooks" with displays by individual vendors.
With so many objects to view in any given spot,
the items were intriguing for themselves
(an antiquer or cultural historian would have a blast!)
as well as for their
lines, forms, angles, placements.
Recently I've started to practice a new type of drawing:
A new Journaling group at a local library,
based on cartoonist Lynda Barry's teachings in her book, Syllabus,
is opening new channels in my brain.
Above, The beginnings of a "Self Portrait."
In my usual way, I take notes from the book.
But I sprinkle these with my own memory/imagination
drawings & writing. Syllabus is really a workbook.
I was taught at a (too young) age to draw ONLY from observation.
I don't know if drawing from imagination was ever a strength anyway,
but what there was got squashed.
Barry deals with the fear adults have of drawing from memory.
She aims to "bring drawing back into people's lives"
(from their childhoods as most kids love to draw & then stop),
instead of "to teach drawing" to adults.
Stay tuned: Sketchbook Wandering: The Cartoon!