I don’t know how, but the ideas for my next book came together incredibly fast last night. One of the ways I like to brainstorm is to figure out what I don’t want to do. I realized that I don’t want to write a textbook, as there are already plenty of books out there that already serve that purpose. I don’t want to tell people what vine charcoal is, or how to position their easel. What I do want to talk about is thoughts, and the thinking process that occurs when making a drawing. I think too often instructional drawing books are focused solely on what the hand is doing, and don’t address the mental hurdles that an artist goes through.
With a working title of “Drawing Thoughts”, the book will talk about the mindset of drawing through each stage of development. I’m interested in how the artist’s mindset shifts and changes as their drawing progresses, how their thoughts are different at the beginning, the middle, and the end. What are the emotional and intellectual challenges that an artist faces as they work on their drawing? What are strategies that can be employed to face these challenges?