Over the Christmas break I enrolled in the Watts Atelier online program to put some structure around my art attempts. I did a year of daily drawings (well, about 275 of them) on my own, and I was unimpressed by the results. So, here, we're starting at the very beginning. Forms, contours, line control, smooth tone, pressure sensitivity, negative space, etc. We're going Fundamentals 101 in here.
In rough chronological order.
I had the oddest epiphany here. Watts demonstrated how to draw a circle by drawing two ellipses, one vertical and one horizontal. A pop in my brain, and suddenly I understood that the ellipses were really the contour of the form. Like one of those magic eye pictures where suddenly you see through the picture.
Current work items are to better identify core shadows for rounded forms and improve my control of lines and tone.
I've got a book! Angels, innovations, and the hubris of tiny things: Seraphim