Challenge yourself to draw every day for 2 weeks! See if you can get into the routine of drawing daily. Set aside a time and put it in your calendar. If you're already drawing every day, then do something to challenge yourself just a little more. Draw a bit longer, but don't go too crazy. Set a manageable goal, because this is in addition to the other project I’ll be giving you later. Everyday fill up one page with linear drawings from life. You can either go outside and draw something when inspiration hits, or find something at home and draw it. Take a photo of your objects if you can. Start by just looking at your subject for 1 minute. Imagine it as a drawing. Draw a few lines, then look, think, execute. Repeat till you're done. Each drawing can take 5-30 minutes, but don’t time them. I'll be drawing along with you guys and posting in the discussion below.
My interpretation of 2 Weeks Challange: First part As I draw almost every day, I added an element of my own to make the exercise more challenging. I love flowers, so I chose to draw a flower every day from a small book of beautiful photos of flowers named, «Flower Colur Guide» edited by Phaidon. I dated each drawing for two weeks. I first used C, S and I lines. I made a first passage in pencil 4H and then in 2B. I did not erase the lines of the first passage. So we often see them in the background. As I continued this course, I learned new concepts (Line Weight, type line, etc.). I then had the idea to take again, in a second time, the 14 drawings below and to realize them in ink while trying to apply the concepts presented in the more advanced Lines course. I am now in the Shape section and I am working on Simple Animal Project and on inking the drawings below (which I will present in a future post). I hope you have as much fun doing these exercises as I do.
And here are my drawings and references for the final four days of the same challenge.
Here are my drawings and references for the first ten days of this drawing challenge. I focused on simplifying to CSI for each piece.
Other than drawing a camel (for the first time in my life!) I spent the day doing some line art and masking of a visual novel character I am working on. I hope that counts as being part of the "draw every day" challenge, in which case I am now on day three :) (I do not count course projects towards the daily drawing, as I try to follow the Draw a Box "rule" of spending 50% of my time on personal stuff),
During today's drawing I learned something that helped explaining why many of my drawings end up feeling stiff - especially when clothes are involved. I realized that often even when I got a decent, dynamic pose, I end up ruining the gesture by drawing clothes that do not conform to the motion that I want to convey. In this case I was on the verge of doing the same thing, but luckily caught myself in the sketch stage. In the attached image is the before and after version of Little Red Hood. The idea was to make her body twisting, with her head continuing the motion (as shown with the rough shapes to the right). However, when I added her skirt I just left it hanging straight down with her legs standing straight together (left image). This killed the motion, and something felt really off because of it. Normally I just shrug and move on to refined line art and shading, but this time something clicked. I corrected the skirt so that it followed the pose more closely, and I feel that the new result (middle one) works much better.
Here is one of the drawings I've done this week. This week, I've been doing structure drills with some friends. Next week, we'll be focusing on value drills.
Daily random sketching. I suppose it might be a good idea to get some none course related drawing in every day as well.
Lately I've been drawing just for fun, This is my drawing of the day! the proportions are off, and I was trying to imply the fathers instead of stating them. I don't really like the way I went about it though. The longer I look at it the more I dislike it.
How can I see things correctly? I literally can't draw what I see. As part of the 2 week challenge, I've decided to draw from life despite many past failures. The problem is I can never seem to see things "correctly" - the way they are. The proportions and angles so elusive to capture when drawing from life (and from photos). So my drawings almost always seem off. Take the photo attached for example. I swear the Z axis looked longer than the X axis...and only when I measured it did I realize to my surprise (!!), that Z is shorter than X . My mind was blown. It's like my eyes are playing tricks on me. And even now, Z still looks longer than X. How do I fix this problem of misperception? Any advice? Wondering if I should just keep drawing and then take photos and measure and correct and just repeat. Would this help? Frankly speaking, it's so discouraging that I can't draw what I see :(
The hardest thing is to be consistent and give time to drawing every day. IT IS REALLY HARD. Many factors are obstacles. Having full time job does not help too. I find myself constantly blaming myself for being lazy and not drawing. But in fact, I am just dead tired every day. So hard to keep balance and dedicate time to drawing. The only trick I found working for me is to make a slot of time just after the breakfast when I get up early. But even that trick does not always work. But sometimes I just do not want to draw in the morning, especially when I had a blast with drawing at evening before. There is some kind of battery of motivation to make art in me and it is very small battery, unfortunately.
"They paved paradise to put up a parking lot". My first attempt on cars. I sketch everyday, but I'm slacking on these submissions.
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