This plate took 6 hours of my life. I am both glad and kind of want to go back and fix some things but it is finished. I should be happy and move on to the next plate. I worked on this plate for 2 sessions in the atelier. Way too long for one plate . But that was just it, I was learning how to slow down. I wanted to make sure that I was doing it all right. That was why I was in the Atelier.
I wanna draw as good as Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo ( and I don’t mean the Ninja Turtles– although, you have to admit they are cool!) I want to be able to capture the essence of things , the tone of things, color etc. I want to improve my art and draw amazing poses, paint backgrounds that wow — and be able to express myself fully in the way of the Masters …. BUT HOW?!
As a self-taught artist, the struggle is real. You are your own teacher therefore, your mistakes will be the same mistakes as your teacher. It becomes a vicious cycle of the same stubborn mistake over and over. I need a teacher, a Master, a sensei – another eye that will help see my mistakes and point them out and push me from GOOD ENOUGH to BETTER and then to become the best. I have worked hard by myself to learn as much as I can but I guess, without that added push — it will be impossible.
So with the help of YOUTUBE and Mr. Google, I did my research and came up with a plan to be able to draw better, and obtain my goal of drawing like the masters. The plan is to be able to Draw like the Masters, I have to Learn like the Masters. So here is what I did…