Tuesday, April 24, 2007


It's funny how some days you got it and other days you just don't. We took our drawing class outside for three hours this morning. I spent the entire time drawing and I don't have a single thing worth posting. Oh well, there's always tomorrow.

In the meantime, I've been reading a great book called "On-The-Spot Drawing." It's an oldie (circa 1976) but a goodie. In it twelve famous illustrators describe their materials and working methods on location. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to work more out in public or who enjoys seeing a variety of ways of dealing with similar subject matter. It's great.

So far, the person I've enjoyed reading the most about is Tracy Sugarman, a reportorial illustrator. His ability to capture a moment is amazing. He not only draws a beautiful picture, but he also tells a story. I want to be more like him.

Interestingly, I also just discovered that Tracy recorded his experience during WWII in drawings he sent home to his wife. Check out more about this here.


littlemithi said...

Thanks for the book link Susan - will definitely look it up :) Hope you have a better drawing day tomorrow!

Linda said...

What a great link! The whole american soldier history project is fascinating!

wagonized said...

On the whole "spending hours outside sketching and having nothing to post" issue: maybe it's the SKIRT. Maybe we're better off just drawing in pants. :-)
Thanks for the book recommendation.
And by the way, i am sure that what you deem not worthy of posting most likely kicks arse.

Felicity said...

I can't imagine you having any bad drawings but it's sort of reassuring to know - sorry! ;) (I'm glad I'm not the only one!)