This is an 18 x 24 inch drawing I did in high school. I did it entirely with ballpoint pens over the course of a year, carrying it around in a tube so that I could draw in between classes. I worked exclusively in black and white for years. 🥀 This piece is about growth and decay, the passage of time, and the cyclical nature of things.
I go to figure drawing sessions as often as I can to stay in practice. The one I go to is short pose. We start with 30 second poses, slowly increasing the time every few rounds until we end with a 20 minute pose. If you’re compulsively detail oriented (like me), it’s a great way to loosen up and practice drawing faster. It forces me to get to the heart of the pose quickly, then move on. It’s about finding momentum rather than creating a perfect drawing.
I rescued some old art from my dad’s attic last weekend and found this. In grade school, I copied Garfield comics to teach myself how to draw. I totally remember sketching this!