Student: I did this without references!
John English: Yeah I can tell
One of my favorite quotes, from one of the instructors, a year ago at the Illustration Academy.
It’s strange to be drawing again.
I mean, I obviously draw, everyday, painting has a large drawing ingredient implicit on it, but my way of seeing drawing changed a lot to the point I had been practically ignoring it.
I mean, when I started doing artwork, the thing that made me like my artwork were mainly my drawing skills, somehow the whole value of any picture I did back then, depended completely if the drawing was done correctly.
Then I went to the Illustration Academy, before It, I knew how to paint something, and how to draw, yet there I learned how to actually make a picture; the importance of a good composition, to put the idea first and the drawing or painting second. It was a whole revelation to me.
Also knowing you could always make sure a drawing was correct through the use of reference, made constructional drawing and painting less important than before.
Later I learned values, painting techniques for Alla Prima and managed to improve the readability of my images, so I could produce a picture that would look good in thumbnail size and direct the eye to where I wanted.
Yet now I notice It was missing, my first love, the thing that made me want to do pictures in the first place. One of the main reasons why I took this path.
I have cared so much over ideas, I have been painting for so long I almost feel like I forgot how to draw, at least in the way it used to be, because lately drawing has felt just like a tool, something where expressiveness must be present so the painting can be developed, an unavoidable step in the way of ideas, just a small thing that can hold together my painting.
And despite I really love painting and sometimes I just wanted to go for it and skip drawing completely now I notice I really miss it.
It’s often said that communicating ideas is the main purpose of any piece of artwork, now I discovered it’s indeed important but drawing, for the sake of drawing is of no lesser importance. Drawing is important as itself and needs not to be just a tool.