My Adventures In Art

Category: Practice

Day 28: A pan, a man, two doll faces

Drawing of man smoking

Had another go at the cross-hatched pan from yesterday. I was trying to make it less “busy”. I don’t think I succeeded. I turned the pan round so I didn’t have to contend with the spout which just looked wrong, but the picture looked just as busy, and just not right, or not as satisfying […]

Day 27: Copying and emulating

Cross-hatched cup

Another exercise from Keys to Drawing. In the book he discusses 7 artists different drawing styles, or their “handwriting”. He gets you to go over their lines in the air to get a feeling for how they are drawing. He says you shouldn’t be ashamed of copying artists to help you learn. You can’t really […]

Day 26: Puppy, woman, lamp, crocodile

Puppy dog

Today I continued to practice “restating” and “drawing blind”. I stayed with the pen rather than the pencil to resist rubbing out. I think I’m feeling more relaxed about restating. I deal with it by at first drawing very lightly with the pen until I am happy with the overall shape,¬†then I press harder for […]

Day 25: Drawing blind, restating, and drawing with a pen

Digger

After yesterday’s review today’s effort was an to practice drawing blind and restating. I decided to draw with a pen so that I wouldn’t be tempted to rub out lines which were wrong, I would just have to restate them. The book says there are two advantages to restating: You don’t waste time erasing, this […]

Day 24: Uninspired and self-critique

Dogs fighting

Felt really uninspired and unmotivated today. First time in 24 days! It had to happen at some point. I need something to inspire me on days like this. I have got something: on instagram I have saved pictures that have given me ideas, I should have looked at those. I will next time. I just […]

Day 23: Head torch, Donald Trump, surfer, dish brush, and one-line drawings

Surfer in silhouette

Drawing things just takes time and patience. You need to look at the shapes and draw those not what you think is there. I find myself thinking what the object should look like because of my knowledge of the object, rather than drawing what I see. It’s an easy trap to fall into, it’s quicker. […]