My earliest childhood memory is drawing. I was lying on the couch in the living room at age two and a half, and my mother was a glance away in the kitchen. I had a red ballpoint pen and a picture book. Gleefully, I drew a large red oval on the back cover, and I remember thinking that I had gotten away with it. I can look back at that book, which I still have, and at other childhood drawings and smile at the intent—the drive to put my pencil to the paper.
|Drawn Face VI
by Dirk Dzimirsky, 2009, graphite, 16 1/2 x 21 1/4. Collection the artist.
These days I've moved on to graphite, ink, a sketchbook, and more advanced subjects, but I'm still inclined to draw when the moment hits me. Sometimes it's after watching an opera or seeing an art opening. Sometimes it's a museum walk, or even time spent taking photos on a hike. I frequently like to pick up a pencil once I've spent some time watching a workshop or looking at new artists online, but most often the moment hits when I've just looked through the most recent Drawing issue. This fall issue is truly inspiring, with the photorealism of Dirk Dzimirsky and the masterworks of Adolph Menzel. You can see a full table of contents in the Drawing magazine blog and read an article from this issue by Jon deMartin on drawing fundamentals, but there is truly nothing like flipping through the pages yourself. And, since I'm online at Artist Daily all of the time, I'll be looking for your inspired new works in the Gallery.
If there is a particular muse, mentor, workshop, article, book, or issue that has inspired you lately, let us know; make a comment. I'm interested to hear about what gets other people sketching. What is your inspiration?