I quit sketching on a regular and frequent basis about seven years ago. Since then, I’ve sometimes promised myself I would start up again. Yet, until very recently, I haven’t actually gotten back into it. As of today, though, I’ve been sketching for an hour or so a day over the past couple of weeks.
At the moment, I prefer doing portraits in a variety of media including graphite, Conté crayon, and carbon pencil.
Now, the big challenge I have at this point is to find some way of getting some results I actually want in only an hour or so of work. The problem, you see, is that it seems most of the really cool, attractive art requires a huge investment in time, patience, and energy. That is, there are drawing styles that routinely consume tens of hours to execute. Unfortunately, I have neither the motivation nor the patience to pursue those styles. Consequently, I’m looking for a far, far cheaper way to get a result I will still enjoy.
In other words, I want something for nothing.
There absolutely has to be a style or technique out there somewhere that will allow me to achieve cool and personally pleasing results with only an hour or so investment in each work. I know there absolutely has to be one because I’m an American and all Americans are born with an inalienable right to fast food and fast art.