Monday, October 22, 2007

Drawing demo

I did a drawing demonstration on Saturday to try to draw interest into some of the drawing classes that I will be starting in November. It was a unique experience with some good and bad aspects and I always learn something new everytime I deal with the public.

Its distracting trying to draw in the middle of a busy store and I could only work in small sections of time between questions, some art related, some general questions. It seems that if you're in the middle of a store and are doing anything, people presume that you work there and know where everything is! Well I did know a lot of the layout of the store, but if I could have gained commission from directing people to Customer Service, then I would have made a lot of money on Saturday.

I did have a number of interesting conversations with individuals and heard a lot of stories from people who said they can't draw, but would always like to. I encouraged them to join the classes, not simply because it would do me good, but also because I love being the enabler for others to understand the process and technique of drawing. I like to take away the mystique and let people realize that they can achieve this if they really want to do so.

This is the cat I chose for the demo and the first image all that I managed to complete in two hours. The interruption factor, new setting and ambient noise were distracting and I found it difficult to lose myself into the image as I usually do. I worked on the image later at home and a little more tonight. I'll add more updates as they come.

Time is becoming more and more limited. I was asked to name a meeting date today and said November 6th 7am or 6pm and after that I've got no spare time til November 20th. It scares me a little, this momentum that my art life has suddenly taken. Yes, I've pushed it there, now I have to peddle fast to keep up.


Cyril Kesten said...

you have an incredible talent - pushing yourself to use it is an important thing - we should all be doing what you are doing. Peddle as fast as you can - you have a worthy goal

Billie Crain said...

seems like you've taken on an awful lot, Jeanette but i'm sure you know what you're doing and it will all pay off for you in the very near future.

even with so many distractions your cat is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your classes Jeanette, I am sure that you will do well, as your cat demo is great.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Cyril. Deadlines and pressure create productivity. I just hope I can keep up.

Billie, if I think about it too much, it becomes overwhelming a little, so I just do it.

I love doing eyes, so its not a hardship for me to pull it off with cat eyes.

Thanks for your good wishes pencilwizard. I'm still building the lessons! A few more late nights and I'll be there.

~Gina Cuff said...

You're very brave to do that in public. Not sure that I could...


vivien said...

those eyes are incredible - the luminosity is beautiful :)

and I agree I love the enabling side of teaching :)

Jeanette said...

Its not that scary Gina, honest. Its rather funny as people passing by think you're creating magic and all the while I'm thinking that it's just another drawing. :)

Thanks Vivien, I do adore drawing eyes, I could do so in my sleep I think. I love building the layers up and seeing them come into reality.

Patricia Buzo said...

Look at those eyes! Beautifully done!