graphite and white charcoal pencil
“I am a physician with a long-distant background in visual arts. Currently I am exercising these artistic muscles again, thanks in part to Artprof.org.
The Draw Along sessions are particularly valuable for me in taking a subject not of my choosing and closely studying it. I am fairly certain I would not have chosen a T-shirt for a study, but in being prompted to do so I was able to appreciate its beauty. My thanks to Prof Lieu and the wonderful community of artists here–they are an inspiration!”
“For me, the first 20 minutes of drawing never gets good results. I go into every drawing session knowing and accepting that the first few drawings will be a mess. That lack of expectations makes it easy for me to completely forget about getting a good product and to focus exclusively on embracing the sheer process of drawing.
I’m skilled in many areas of drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. While complex processes like intaglio printmaking are endlessly fascinating to me, I consider sketching from life to be my ‘first love.’ When it’s me, a pencil, and a sheet of paper, I don’t need anything else to be happy!”
pencil and charcoal pencil on paper
“I have been learning to listen to Prof Lieu’s thinking as she approaches making a drawing…how to create tension…how to emphasize and how to leave out. I appreciate her candid decisions to change her mind and to go with her feelings about the process.
Prof Lieu doesn’t seem to have a lock step way of working…it makes it so much more enjoyable and is so freeing…’Don’t worry you will get there’…I love it.”
“When I draw, I tend to obsess over trying to stay loose and gestural the whole time. I have to resist the temptation to slow down and fuss over every little detail, so for me it’s a constant mental challenge to keep myself physically moving throughout the drawing.
I chose a pair of white tights of my daughters’ that I found sitting in my dresser drawer, and decided to create knots in order to create a broader range of forms. know a lot of people find drapery really tedious to draw, but being able to create my own still life object here, but knotting some areas makes for a lot of visual excitement! I loved how passages looked really taut while others seemed to flow like water. “