|Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 6 Day 4|
Each Daily Composition (see The Daily Composition Revisited) is a reminder that I want to improve my visual memory.
I would like to be able to draw the things and scenes I have seen during the day, but wasn’t able to record at the time.
More importantly, I want to improve my visual memory because virtually every drawing is drawn from memory. The first chapter of Keys to Drawing explains this (see Keys to Drawing - Chapter 1). Bert Dodson describes the process as Look, Hold (Remember), Draw. There is always a small delay from looking at the subject and making a mark on the paper. Being able to remember more detail with greater accuracy can only help.
Studio Rousar are running a memory drawing class. It started in January 2013 and it runs for a year. Each week, they publish a new exercise. I started the course in June, so I hope they are going to keep the exercises on the website after the end of the year.
|Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 3 Day 3|
The exercises for the first 6 weeks are outline images with 3 reference lines and 3 reference dots. If you are interested, you should take a look at http://www.studiorousar.com/2013/01/01/memory-drawing-group-week-one/.
The images for the first 3 weeks are various bones, weeks 4 and 5 are vases and week 6 is an outline of a foot in a sandal – each week the outline becomes more complicated.
|Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 4 Day 3|
The instructions are simple:
- Copy the reference lines and dots on to piece of tracing paper.
- Study the image for a few minutes
- Hide the image and try to draw it on the tracing paper
- Once you have finished drawing, put the tracing paper over the image to see how well you have done and correct your drawing
- The next night, repeat the process, starting with a review of your drawing from the previous day