Many of the really great, classically trained sculptors started off sketching and
drawing the figure long before they started to work in 3-dimensions. And, they continued to draw
from live models to hone their observation skills and keep life in their sculpture works.
Although painting is different than drawing, I prefer to draw in oil paint. I find that
paint has "squish appeal" and that painting allows me to draw in lines and masses (whereas pure
drawing tends to emphasize line over mass). Tone has always seemed more important to me than
color and I try to create paintings that look 3-dimensional, that yearn to be touched.
I also prefer to work from live models instead of photographs or props. However,
sculpture takes a long time to create and dynamic poses can be difficult for a model to hold
without appearing stilted or uncomfortable. This is why sculptors draw. The goal is to capture
that feeling of movement enough to remember it when we sculpt.
Although many of my drawings and paintings are not directly turned into 3-dimensional
artwork, they help me develop my sculpting skills. I continue to learn and appreciate anatomy,
as well as noticing how the light falls on a form. These are invaluable assets to a
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