Supply Tips from the Art Prof: Charcoal Drawing
This post, which will go into detail about materials for charcoal drawing is inspired by what I saw last week while reviewing portfolios from my RISD Pre-College students. From what I saw, it is apparent to me that the majority of high school students are taught to draw exclusively with pencil. In my freshman drawing class at RISD, I don’t even use pencil with my students. Over the course of the semester, I have my students work with charcoal, wet charcoal, india ink, and
How to become a better artist?Suddenly I've got resurrected and while I'm in this mode I'd like to address a common 'simple' question...
How to become a better artist?
First consider this: no one is gonna help you but you. What it means - don't expect someone will guide you or help you to become a better artist. Doesn't matter if you go to an art school or taking classes. The school may help you by whipping your ass and beat some discipline into your lazy self but it won't help you in the long run... think of it as a springboard or rocket booster. It helps you to get off of the ground but then you have to fly it all by yourself.
Remember, you are the key. Not me, not your pals, not those long dead masters... no one will take you up to the top. We may help you by showing you the path but you have to walk it all by yourself. Oh and there's no elevators whatsoever. Make sure you've a tight rope and good ice-pick.
The important thing is: know what you want. Why do you want to get better? Why