Wednesday, January 03, 2007
I have done another update to the portrait of my cat. The white fur is challenging as I don't want to overpower it, but too little shading won't be right either. I will keep working on it and it will come together eventually.
I was invited to write a tutorial for Drawspace through the wonderful Brenda Hoddinott. Brenda is from Newfoundland as well and has made her mark in the art work first as a forensic artist with the RCMP then in the world of teaching. She now devotes her time to writing tutorials and books on drawing for beginners to advanced and I stumbled across her site a few months ago and have become more involved there recently.
The drawing portion of a tutorial is the easy part. Writing curriculum that effectively describes techniques in art tends to be a bit more difficult. I realize that I assume too much and need to explain terminology, technique and rationale for learners to absorb new material and be able to reproduce the work. Brenda has been a great support in this area and her background in publishing has helped steer me in the right direction. A few more tutorials under my belt and I just may get the idea of effective curriculum writing!
I enjoy the process of putting all the elements in place and the challenge of pushing myself to do something new. There is always something new to learn in life. I never tire of it.