When I was in college I heard a specific adjective used again and again to describe my work: Mushy. Webster’s definition: “Soft and pulpy”. In other words, I used six or seven sketchy lines when one was enough, I oversimplified my contours, my values were messy, etc. I was thinking on my paper instead of in my head. Since then, I’ve been on a quest to “sharpen” my drawing skills.
One of the biggest inspirations in accomplishing my goal has been the work of Ray Harris-Ching, New Zealand bird artist. Here are a few of his sketches: