This didn’t take me half an hour. It took me as long as I had while my son was stressing about not being able to make himself go down the death slide at Fockin Trago aka Trago Mills. Fockin Trago is a place traditionally visited only if you are able to eat a pasty, smoke a fag, shout and smack your kids all at the same time. I lack some of those skills but they still let me in. At the Newton Abbot Trago £5 gets you unlimited rides on what we call the Train of Happiness (because it cheers up 10 year olds who feel crap because they didn’t do the death slide). It also gets you goes on bumper boats, racing boats, tiny trawlers, pedalo swans, go karts and a visit to a huge model railway. We love Fockin Trago.
I was working on getting the actual shape of the ivy leaf accurate so I watched the shapes around it rather than the shapes it makes itself. I played around with flat planes around it too. Now I’m aware that astigmatism is cocking up my perspective I can watch for it and I feel a lot happier about my drawing ability. I just need to keep checking and re-checking what I am doing.
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence
The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.
The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book. I’ve just spent 2 hours in traffic jams on the motorway getting back from Fockin Trago so I think I might start next week.
You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/
And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/