The importance of quick studies

As an artist, doing repetition can be very beneficial. I have been studying subjects over and over for over 20 years and I find that I still need to redo and rehash sketching of these things. 

Here’s a brief group of hand studies done just a couple of days ago. I was sitting sketching a fawn and was really having a hard time with the positioning of the hand and forearm in regard to the foreshortening. So I started to quickly doodle and sketch different versions and visions of the hand. 

How does this help? It is part of my overall philosophy of art making – It’s not so much about being perfect on the first try as it is perfecting the journey to the end product. 

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