Mid-Term review from Michael B:
Apart from shading I think I personally have grown as an artist. I think that I have moved from looking at something as an object to looking at something as a coalescing of many different pieces. This kind of thinking allows you to look at an object and see its parts, and in seeing its parts it’s easier to drawl and easier to imagine differently and from different angles. In a very crude example, is like understanding how to make a sandwich, what the bread looks like apart from the sandwich, what the meat looks like and what the cheese looks like, instead of trying to draw the sandwich altogether. Knowing the different pieces, what they look like how they work helps you to understand the whole.
Michael, I love your example comparing drawing to making a sandwich - YES. I'd love to use that in future classes.
No one is afraid to make a sandwich. It doesn't have the reputation for needing special skills. You are so right to observe that drawing really is putting the parts together just like a sandwich. Instead of a knife to spread butter or mayo we use sticks of charcoal and blending stomp to spread values. Then we can pile on lines, color, texture, etc. to make each drawing delicious and unique.