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For the past several months (Fall semester) I have been pretty MIA. But rest assured - I have still been doing art. I took a drawing class with a course name from which I derived my journal title. In the coming days I will upload a few of my results from this class, but for now, check out this little essay I wrote, in reflection of my experience in the class.


             My experience in this class has been nothing short of excellent. Although there were ups and downs, my overall take-away from the course is a positive one. We started with the basics of how to observe and defining drawing. We proceeded to learning about technique – gauging, choosing utensils, how to use said utensils. Then we practiced, a lot. We filled up our sketchbooks with all sorts of drawings, from observation to conceptual, and a combination of the two. And finally, we engaged in reinforcement and reflection. Professor Alcorn was instrumental in making sure we stayed on task and focused on adhering to the basic procedures, and with his help we were able to create a foundation of excellency, and to reflect on it – noting its usefulness, and reflecting and discussing art as a whole and how it relates to society.

            The basics of drawing are rather simple, but they’re easy to forget, so much practice is necessary. To observe is to see, to draw is to create. In creating a successful observational drawing, one must observe – that is the key element. In my experience, several things stuck out to me as very important in creating a successful drawing: attention to detail, patience, and perseverance. Although talent is certainly helpful, I believe art can be taught as long as one follows those basic three requirements. Previous to the course, I had some experience in drawing and in art. I’d taken art classes in middle school and did a lot of drawing in my spare time. At first, this helped give me an advantage over my classmates, but as time advanced, it began to also serve as a disadvantage. Because of my talent and previous experience, I led myself to believe that I already knew it all, and this caused me to take instruction less seriously. In time, however, with guidance from professor Alcorn, I learned to accept that I had much to learn, and this, I believe, has proven instrumental to my growth in my drawing ability. Taking notes on things like how to gauge with a pencil tip, drawing lightly and not going “too dark too soon,” proved to be some of the most important things I’ve learned in terms of drawing.

            “Practice makes perfect,” or so it is often said. I believe more that “practice makes better.” One can never be perfect, but that doesn’t have to stop us from trying. In our class, we drew subjects like hands and porcelain cups, to shoes, water bottles, and conceptual things based on our imagination. With each iteration of our drawings, we improved. We received valuable critique and sought to improve with our next drawing. Drawing mundane items gave importance to normally unimportant things, and it’s thanks to this we learned to pay attention to even the smallest details, which I believe is the difference between a good drawing and a great one. And in our final presentation, we get to put all those drawings together and witness magic; a progression of ability.

            In addition to practice, reinforcement is key in getting better at something. Such was also the case in drawing. Often times, we students would forget or forgo the basic procedural steps, but the professor and feedback from fellow students reminded us of them, and helped to reinforce their importance. Following the basic steps is the key to a solid foundation for a good drawing, and perhaps even a great one. We then progressed to reflecting on said drawings. We would take class periods to discuss and lament about the importance of art, and its place in society. That art, business, engineering, and other majors should work together, not alone, and that together they can thrive. This reflection gave us a chance to see the importance of art, which further reinforced our efforts, realizing that what we were doing had a purpose.

            Art is a process, but it can be learned. Following the basic steps, practicing, and reflecting on this process can turn anyone into an artist, and I believe the da Vinci center has succeeded in creating a brand new generation of artists, and will continue to do so for years to come.

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I am a creative, dedicated, strong willed person. I will fight for what I believe in, and will never give up on my dreams. I am a Christian, and believe all things I do, and endeavor upon, are possible through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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Favourite photographer: Kyle Laferriere
Favourite style of art: Japenese (Manga/Anime)
Operating System: Macintosh (OS X Lion)
MP3 player of choice: Blackberry Curve, iPod Touch
Favourite cartoon character: Sonic the Hedgehog
Personal Quote: Many say I am just one to try. I say I am one less to quit. - Diego Marchi

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k-i-mm-i-e Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching! Squee Bounce 
Garaladin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
You are welcome. I love your work, and the ICONS! :D
k-i-mm-i-e Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
& we love you too. X by k-i-mm-i-e  
Garaladin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Tehe :)
HermioneFrost Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the fave!
Garaladin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
Sure! You're welcome! :)
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Garaladin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
You're welcome! You've got some great work! :) Too bad you're not in the US - I'd love to work with you.
alberti Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
Alas, small world but large planet!..
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Hi there!

Thanks so much for the welcome! I'm sure I'll enjoy the group :)
Mootecky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello there. ;w; do you remember me we were friends before oTL
Garaladin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
OHAITHAR! What's oTL?? Also, yes, it's been awhile!
Annalizz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! Thanks so much for the fav!! I really apreciate it! ^.^
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No problem! :D
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In Japan it was aired on 28 July,but on the internet it will come out in summer,more likely in July,too. :D
Garaladin Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
Meh, I read April :(
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April?Hm,I doubt that,but if it is really,then it will be an epic win! :iconlikeasirplz:
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Hey! Thanks!!! :D
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Thanks for the :+fav: on [link] mate :)
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No prob! Classic!
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