Last week I gave a drawing class and despite the very hard work preparing for it I really had fun teaching it. The subject was drawing animals and this was the sample drawing I did in preparation. I took photos of the drawing at various stages and included it in my write-up. I find reproducing drawings very challenging. My photos pick up the details but are inevitably too dark. Manipulating the photo on the computer doesn’t yield anything better than this. And my scans don’t pick up the details and miss the subtle gradations of tone. So what to do? I don’t know the answer to that. But I do know that it’s a problem that I’d like to solve. Drawing is my absolute favorite medium and I’d like to do more with it. But the reproduction problem is a serious one.
I’ve looked on the internet for some help but have only found advice to use a scanner and that “pretty much any scanner should be adequate for pencil drawings” but I don’t find that to be true. Perhaps I need to take a drawing to a store that sells a variety of scanners and actually try them out.
Anyway, the class went well. It was only four hours long and I had way too much material, but all twelve students hung in there and produced results they seemed happy with. A few came to my house a few days later to continue. And I think at least some of them will do more drawing that they would otherwise have done, so mission accomplished!
Also, I got an invitation to do a demo at a local art group next May. And that should be both fun and terrifying!