|Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 23 Day 4|
The exercises for the Studio Rousar Memory Drawing Group become evermore challenging (see http://www.studiorousar.com/2013/01/01/memory-drawing-group-week-one/).
Week 19 is another abstract shape (see Studio Rousar Memory Drawing Group - Weeks 13 to 18), but weeks 20 to 23 increase the difficulty. These exercises are drawings of real objects.
The instructions for these weeks are:
- Light the object (or objects) with a strong light source
- Study them for 10 minutes
- Move, so you cannot see the objects
- Draw the objects from memory
You can change the orientation of the objects each day, but I prefer to keep the same arrangement and try to produce a better drawing at each attempt. Darren Rousar suggests taking a photograph of each layout, so you can review the drawings.
Week 20 and 21 are drawings of single objects, but they are approached in different ways. Week 20 starts by treating the object as though it were flat.
Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 20 Day 4
Week 21 focuses on it being a three-dimensional object.
Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 21 Day 4
Week 22 concentrates on the main areas of tone in a group of objects and places less emphasis on the individual objects.
Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 22 Day 4
Week 23 is about individuality – don’t just draw an apple shape – remember and draw a specific apple.
Studio Rousar Memory Drawing - Week 23 Day 4
The exercises are time consuming. The memorising part may only take 10 minutes, but some of the drawings have taken more than half an hour. This is eating into the time I have for the exercises from Keys to Drawing and Composition, but I am persevering. These exercises are not just improving my visual memory - they are good daily drawing practice.