Day 27: Copying and emulating
Another exercise from Keys to Drawing.
In the book he discusses 7 artists different drawing styles, or their “handwriting”. He gets you to go over their lines in the air to get a feeling for how they are drawing.
He says you shouldn’t be ashamed of copying artists to help you learn. You can’t really learn to play a musical instrument very well without learning other people’s tunes!
But then you should try to emulate their style with your own subject matter.
So in this exercise I copy details from some of Giorgio Morandi’s drawings, and I attempt to emulate him by drawing a cup and a pan in his cross-hatching style.
The vase, teapot/coffee pot and bottle are Morandi’s and the cup and pan are mine.
I didn’t use drawing blind and restating in this exercise.
I first drew outlines in pencil then filled in with pen cross-hatching, then rubbed out the pencil guide-lines.
I was pleased with my copies and my cup emulation but the pan is far too busy. I think I tried to represent too many different areas on the surface of the pan, and the adjacent cross hatching seems too contrasting. Also, the background has too sudden boundaries.
Time spent on drawing and drawing related activities
Time spent drawing today: 2:22
Total time drawing: 66:20
Time spent developing website/blogging today: 0:0
Total time developing website/blogging: 57:17
Time spent on social media today: 0:53
Total time on social media: 9:23
Time spent on reading/studying today: 2:19
Total time on reading/studying: 2:37