Friday, 11 December 2009

Staying True to What You Love

I enjoyed drawing yesterday's bunny but today it's something more serious, a life drawing from life. Today was the last one this term, this year in fact! This was a lovely model to draw, I do hope we have her next term too.
I've had quite a week creatively-wise, peaks and troughs but I'm feeling much more positive now and have plans for the new year that will emerge slowly over the next few weeks. I've learnt that when you're developing your own work, it's important to stay true to what you love to do, whether it's collage, or oil paint, or pen and ink, or wahtever your favourite medium is. There are many styles I love to see in other people's work (see side bar for a few favourites!) and have tried my hand at a few but my own work more about how I like to make marks on the paper. I love to see watercolour run into unexpected shapes and textures, I love to see the flow of an ink line, I love to see an image emerge for pencil lines into something that feels 'right'.

What do you love to do when you're making your artwork?

8 comments:

joanne May said...

Hi Jessie,
I always love your life drawings... You create very sensitive images of the models. Wonderful pencil work here and textures. You can tell you enjoyed your final class and it does help if you have a good model when drawing.;)
Thank you for visiting me today. Good to see you again. By the way... I like the new look of your blog!:)
Jo.x

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

It's nice to see other peoples lifedrawings on a blog. I find them so interesting!

GreenWhisper said...

love this, she looks deeply relaxed x

April Jarocka said...

I couldn't agree more Jessie. I've been inspired to try different things but the same old me keeps coming back to the same old things. I hope 2010 will be an exciting one and I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful watercolours!!

Jessie said...

Thanks Joanne, you're right I did enjoy the last session very much!

Hi Perpetual Chocoholic, I hope you get a chance to do it too!

Hi Greenwhisper, thankyou :) I think I was feeling happily relaxed too!

Thanks April, I look forward to seeing your work too in the new year! I think we naturally gravitate towards our best way of expressing ourselves.

Rosie said...

That's a very relaxed,flowing drawing. I love inventing people in illustration.

Jessie said...

Thaks Rosie, I need to do that too!

ruthie said...

HI Jessie, it's difficult sometimes i think to stay true to what you love to do, this year i have been sooo distracted & thn stopped and wondered why im struggling, only to realise i have gone way off course trying to work in a way that just isn;t me. I love your style of painting, its so free & vibrant, i should love to work like that, but its not to be, i always am drawn back to details lol. Anyway, heres to a great new year full of experimenting & adventures. Hope you have a wonderful christmas x x