This week I did a short talk and demo on gesture drawing. Marcy Silveira from The Art Workshops of Western Sonoma County(http://awsomeart.org/) approached me and asked me what I wanted to do. After a bit of back and forth, I decided that gesture drawing was what I wanted to demonstrate for a such a limited block of time afforded to me. The demo lasted for about an hour and a half, more or less.
I came in there with notes, but I didn’t really have the script in my head. I brought notes with me that I had to look at, mostly in the beginning. I started off with my thoughts on why gesture drawing is important. I quickly started running out of things to say and thus started floundering a bit. If this happens to you, it means you should start drawing.
I got into explaining why I use the tools I use, what I look for when I draw quick poses, how to simplify, and a few different approaches. Once I started drawing, it was way easier to let the information come out. You start out thinking, “how am I going to fill all this time?” and end up saying, “there is so much more information I could have said!” It was a learning experience, attempting to explain what I know in a clear and concise manner. Effective teaching takes practice. The thing is, the only way to practice is in front of a bunch of other willing participants. If they are paying money, you want them to go away satisfied. Of course you can’t please everyone all the time, but all you can do is your best.
There were a couple of mishaps, of course. Why wouldn’t there be. The lighting was not ideal for light and shadow. The flourescent lighting was ok to make sure everything gets even light, which is terrible for drawing. The halogen light provided on the stand wasn’t the best for the situation. They tried to put a cover on the light to reduce the harshness, but the bulb burned right through it! Then the flimsy stand got tipped over, almost falling on the model! That would have been a disaster! More careful consideration will be given to the set-up next time.
This demo has inspired me to release the notes I used for it. I am planning on releasing them in a special way so sign up for my newsletter if you have not done so already.
Big news for me in terms of promotion! I am in the November 2012 issue of Southwest Art Magazine as an artist to watch! In school I always looked at magazines and the artists inside of them. There was an air of prestige that I gave those artists just because they were published. I assumed they were all successful artists with careers I couldn’t comprehend. It makes me feel like I am making it, to have ink about me. This is a big milestone in my career and I am happy to share the news with you all.
If anyone wants to buy the magazine and let them know my article is the reason they picked it up, it would be doing me a huge favor!
About Sergio Lopez
North Bay Area based Fine Artist Sergio Lopez. Oil paintings, gouache paintings, plein air paintings, and charcoal drawings. http://www.themainloop.com