Thursday, September 06, 2007

...I Never Just Sketch Anymore

* * The Following Are Very Personal Opinions (I'm really not a purist) * *
I've been working a lot from life lately. And as amazingly helpful as that is, I think it can be dangerous if you don't sketch out of your head every now and then. Why? Well, when working from life, nature tells you what things look like, and it's your job to draw it as accurately as possible (which alone entails a lifetime of learning). With sketches like this, you're not even afforded the luxury of being told what things look like (or even what's in the frame!) It is a ruthless test of what you've ever learned about art. And that's scary. Every brushstroke can reveal weaknesses you didn't know you had...and I found a lot of them while sketching this. The good news is, my painting tells me where the holes in my knowledge are, and challenges me to go out and fix them. And that's why I'll be doing this stuff for a long time.
If you disagree with me (or even agree completely), I'd love to hear what you have to say!


Blogger Angie said...

Hey Marco!

Thank you for kind words and landing in on my blog!
Wow, from just scanning my eyeball over your work page, I love your paintings and lively creations! I will have to take the time to view some more of your work from the past months!

I will add your genius blog of art to my list! I'll hope for the same and I'll keep peeking in, if you don't mind! :)

1:55 PM  
Blogger LauraBraga said...

Hi Marco.
Great picture like always.
You used great colors, i really love this pic.

Laura :)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Hello Marco,

I agree with what you say 200% - I feel drawing from imagination is not only neccessary, especially when it comes to designing characters etc etc, but I feel it also helps when it comes to studying life. To be honest I value it more.

Nice painting! Im not seeing too many holes hehe

ken :D

11:13 PM  
Blogger Shawn Escott said...

Hey Marco! Very well done! You couldn't say it better than that. That's what is so great about painting out doors en plein air. There will never be 2 days the same. The weather, light and environment is always changing and there is always something new to discover. I like the colors you are finding in the background.

6:49 AM  
Blogger adrian said...

Hey Marco.
Sometimes I feel like your in my head man! I totally agree except that I find my lack of knowledge and that "eye opener" depressing.
I know that art is a lifetime pursuit like you say, but damn if I don't want to just get what's in my head down on canvas sometimes without the struggle.
You make it look effortless man. Keep it up!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Mr.Jack said...

I guess I agree but I never thought about it. I mean I just practice drawing stuff around me whenever I can and then I just draw whatever and if I notice that I dont know exactly how something is put together I'll study it eventually but I never thought about it as fixing... I will from now on.

5:19 PM  
Blogger bog_art said...

You have to know the human body, and then you can deform it.. I totally agree with him, and with you of course.. one thing helps to the other one, and vice versa.. to know the weaknesses of one of them is the key to develop the other one..

5:59 PM  
Blogger Dave McClellan said...

I agree. Some artists can only draw what they see. Some arists can only see what's in their head. Those who can do both can turn what's in their head into something that feels real.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice colors and depth

6:58 PM  
Blogger Richard Gaines said...

Oh, Marco, I can truly relate! It's the same thing for me with anatomy!! I always feel I need to reference something when doing anatomically correct drawings. I know I have a long way to go.

Albeit that, I still think this is a really nice painting! What really stands out are the bands of sunlight between the trees.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Claudio Cerri said...

Great Marco, I love your painting!!!

10:43 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

Great post!

What a great way to look at things and your artwork

1:26 AM  
Blogger Todd Harris said...

Marco, man great work as always. From color to comp really well done.

8:38 AM  
Blogger Adam Ford said...

Colors turned really nice. Great sense of light.

12:44 PM  
Blogger geo said...

hy marco , i just discover your blog !
in frenche we say : Vacht !!!
great job

3:21 AM  
Blogger Nacho said...

Great Marco. jajaja I've seen your Sargent caricature XD es fantastic fantastic fantastic

7:09 AM  
Blogger Ramses said...

Fantastic paint, the color and mood looks great!

9:16 PM  

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