This is Hard (Part 1 of 2)

I'm six days into my February Facebook challenge and I've learned something.

This is hard.

sneak peek
preliminary sketch for a Facebook fan drawing by ben capozzi

I knew it would be a challenge. I knew it would make me uncomfortable. I knew there would be a million reasons every day to let it slip –temptations, distractions, and rationalizations– and I'm just shy of a quarter of the way there, but already, I'm fighting the urge to give up almost every night. As I wrote in the inaugural post here, I've been only around or outright away from my talent for years. Being here is part of my recovery effort, and I'm all in.

Still, I didn't give much thought to the specific and ingenious forms of Resistance (see Steven Pressfield's amazing book, The War of Art) that would come at me when I decided to do this February challenge. It's super uncomfortable. For instance, one hard thing? Drawing women.

As the comedian said, 'Wimmin' be different from men.'

dancing girl bar sketch by ben capozzi
(mighta' been at cabo's)

Drawing dancing co-eds in a bar in a little black sketchbook with an awesome Papermate or Bic pen and a double White Russian is very different from showing up at the desk to make the pieces that are appearing in my feed this month. (DISCLAIMER: The opening lines above might make me sound like a creeper; for the record, I always did this in the company of good friends, male and female, never as some kind of corner leerer. It was college and I love drawing people out and about and yes, dancing coeds!)

For me, the acme of dame-drawing deities in my artistic pantheon goes something like: Frank Frazetta, Adam Hughes, Alfonso Azpiri, Frank Frazetta again, Gil Elvgreen, Eldon Dedini, Frazetta one more time for good measure, and photos of Marilyn Monroe.

cat girl by frank frazetta

Panting and wolf-whistles are for suckers; these guys draw/drew women you want/ed to devour! Their women are lush and vital (all impossibly so, and available, etc –we will not now debate the stereotyping going on here and oppressive fantasies). They shaped what I think well-drawn women look like.

by alfonso azpiri

I have come to the conclusion that drawing women is very different from drawing men in that no one cares if a dude is too angular or there are many lines on his face. If so, it makes him look badass. Men are about lines. But women are all about curves and volumes.

While, I can't blame it on the pens (though they're not always helping), I'm getting antsy every time I approach the page to draw a female fan from the Facebook page.

For example... –continued Wednesday Friday in Part 2 (of 2)

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