DAY 2 - HOW TO BE AN ARTIST / by Debra Matlock

Taking a second day to think about letting go of being good, it reminded me of when I used to go to The Drawing Club many years ago. It’s three hours of uninstructed figure drawing with a model in costume relating to a theme like “Annie Oakley” or “Alien Girl Shatner’s Capt. Kirk Would Hook Up With.” It’s fairly commonplace now, but at the time it was pretty unique. And full of amazing talented (mostly) men. They ranged from Art Center boys to Old Disney guys.

One time I sat next to an older man who was really great, but I couldn’t figure out why he was drawing the hot alien chick so…unflatteringly. I thought, “He’s making her look like Ursula.” I googled him later. The reason he was making her look that way was…he was one of the directors of the Little Mermaid. Anyway, long winded way of saying I was way out of my league. Eventually, I had a few drawings I was willing to have photographed for their blog.

But when I first arrived, I had a chat with the guy who puts it on, Bob Kato, about my goals. And in the course of the conversation I said “I want to learn to draw good.”

And he said something to the effect of “What do you mean, ‘good’? There is no ‘good'.”