Planning

I’m really, really excited about these 4′ x 6′ figure drawings, but I’m also completely terrified and intimidated by the scale I’ve chosen to work with. I’m thinking of placing an order for 65 sheets of 4′ x 6′ Dura-Lar just to make sure that I don’t back out of this project. 🙂 I had mentioned in a post a ways back that I was going to have to come up with a project for the summer that could be worked on anywhere, and preparing to make these large drawings is it. Not only is the idea of these large drawings refreshing and new, but after many months dedicated to sculpture I think that I just miss drawing.

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I’ve been looking at a lot of figure sketches that I did back in 2010 so that I can start to plan how I want to go about these large drawings. It’s great that I already have so many studies and sketches to start with; it feels like a simple matter of picking up from where I left off.  I know that I’m going to have to significantly beef up the preliminary sketches for each large drawing.  For the 50 portrait drawings, I made about 15 initial studies to test out the technique, but after a while I just started getting right into each drawing without doing any studies. The enormity of the scale this time demands a lot of sketching and preparation, I can’t just launch into each drawing spontaneously the way I did with the portrait drawings. I can’t wait for the challenge.

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