Well this blog is about learning and I am learning. Every time I sit down and draw I learn something. Another note to self – always take a picture of the finished drawing before you put it away in the depths of your portfolio, this matters right now because I am going to talk about a picture and I don’t have a proper image to show the end result. I need to get to grips with photography and I am not really motivated to do that.
The plant that I was drawing was an agave (I think) although someone called it an aloe so I’m not sure, it was a gift anyway, and is a houseplant in England as it is too cold to put outside.
I was interested in the folding shapes of the leaves and the serrated edges and of course, the colour.
The colour of the plant was a really important quality of the plant, it had a very blueish tinge and a sort of dusty look. It’s so important to choose the colours correctly otherwise there is no chance of making the image match your observations, and dear reader, I begrudged the time to do this. I wanted to get on with things and rushed this process, and consequently paid the price – the drawing was the wrong colours.
Even as I was doing it I knew that it was wrong………….. but too late to go back, I was already committed so I went on.
What happens if you continue despite the odds? Well you get a sense of achievement at finishing something, but you end up disappointed because you know it could have been better, with a little more effort and just a little more planning at the very beginning. It’s trite but it’s true ‘if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail’. Nuff said, lesson learned.