Category Archives: Drawing

“What are you thinking about?”

The other night a tutor asked me” What are you thinking about?”as I was drawing. I muttered” line,shape,tension,space,light,bone, muscle and proportion” .She said” No, I mean when you are drawing.”

I had to really think,but couldn’t answer. A day later, I realised the answer was, ” When I am drawing well, I don’t.” I am a silent and almost passive witness to a conversation between the pen and the model. Only when I bugger it up, do I have to think.

This sits well with research on decision making in pressure situations.Go with your instincts or get it wrong. Its also why practice makes perfect.

Brian E Deagon
Thursday November 10th, 2011 9:47