Research Assessment 5
Subject: Doing Something Different
Works Cited (MLA 8 citation[s])
Rosa Nanini, Luiz Fernando. Sketches. 2017, Frisco, TX.
An important goal of mine this year had been to step out of my comfort zone. I want to make painting something I cannot live without; I want it to be my source of motivation and consolation. To do this, I have to make painting and drawing my habits, which is what I have been attempting to do. Although the progression may not be as quick as I would like, there is improvement. I am beginning to paint more consistently and skillfully. One thing I have started to do is sketch. It is something that was recommended to me whenever I went to Dallas’ Portfolio night, but it is also something I have not done in a great deal of time.
The last time I sketched out of my own volition was in the beginning of middle school when I first began drawing. I have always just assumed I do not have enough time for it, but, as usual, I was wrong. There is more than enough time to sketch; all I need to do is find it. My sketches are different from before, though. Besides being better in quality, they are more observational. I usually make my art off pictures I or my family has taken, but rarely do I draw or paint something in front of me. It has always seemed rather difficult to do; it takes time and planning. I mean, there is no way I can expect someone to sit still while I paint for an hour, and it would be far too inconvenient to bring all my art utensil somewhere other than my house. Sketching, however, is much more convenient. All I need are a few pencils and a sketchbook.
Sketching from observation is incredibly enjoyable; although, I sometimes feel creepy while doing it. I have sketched quite a few drawings over the past month, and have noticed marked improvement between each sketch. I find that sketching keeps me from losing some of my muscle memory over time, and it inspires me with new ideas constantly, while also encouraging me to look into the world with an artistic eye. I am beginning to see shapes, not things; value, not light; lines, not shadow.
This different outlook into what I see in the world is marvelous. It keeps me engaged, focused on my surroundings, and fosters creativity. I find it invaluable; I want to keep doing it, even if I tire from it every now and again. This fits well into what I have been doing, and promotes constant drawing. I feel deeply motivated to keep sketching. Not just for the aforementioned benefits of it, but also for its ability to promote risk-taking. Sketching is just what I have been looking for: a method to step out of my comfort zone.
I will definitely be sketching in the future. It seems like the best tool to make me begin making painting a major part of my life. With it I may make painting a habit, find new and creative ways to create art, and improve my skills. I want to use this tool to its full potential in order to promote my growth as an artist, so that is what I will motivate myself to do.