These guys are great! A lot of Aaron Blaise's videos I've checked out on YouTube and he has some great advice to give. Vilppu I've known about for a while, but have never, in detail, checked out his work or videos. Need to get on that.
Sigh. The gesture drawing continues to defeat me to this very day. Still, it was nice to watch that. The silent cries for attention coming from my newsprint got louder. Also, watercolors in an Altoids tin? That is an amazing idea.
I must admit that my own sketches and gesture drawings usually turn out looking awful. My trouble is often in deciding what aspect of the subject to capture. The contrast of light and shadow, the simplified gesture, or the subtle way the hair softens the edges of her face. Life never holds still for long, and yet there's so much information I want to capture. This can lead to rather wishy-washy, unfocused drawings. I have a pile of sketchbooks, that I would be embarrassed to show off. Still, it seems the greatest value of drawing from life is the building of the mental library, the well from which all other creations are drawn.
Yes, unfocused drawings! This is my malady. But you are right. My mental library of visual art is a rather dull place, filled primarily with religiously duplicated brushstrokes and lines of frustration. Gotta get back in the game...