In drawing the quality of the first mark is critical to its success.
Your first mark really does matter!
All the skill an artist processes can be shown in that first single mark. The greatest strength an artist has is their strength of self identity. Each mark made by an artist is the artists signature; this is how artists grow to have an individual style.
Sometimes it is difficult to recognise this quality of style in your own work; it is easier to recognise style in others.
The first mark can be confident or tentative, but most importantly it should be honest.
When you study the sketches of the greatest artists, their unfinished first marks are often equal in power to their final compositions.
You need to feel you own the image you create; that it comes from within you, from your core self. Let creativity just happen.
The first mark must react to the purity of the surface it is placed upon. A mark is a reaction, as well as an action.
Children are naturally playful and creative.
As we become more self aware we can sometimes feel a lack of confidence in our own drawings and in our own ability to be creative.
We start to judge our work in relation to our peers and the art that is already out there.
This is a mistake.
Our art is meaningful because we made it. It is honest and it encapsulates our core self.
We have nothing but ourselves to give.
So how will you make your first mark today?
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