Review of my adventures in art so far, the first few months

My first watercolour

I’m pleased with my progress.

For my first 36 days I drew every day which got me from this:

First drawing on my attempt tp learn to draw

First drawing on my attempt tp learn to draw

To this:

Drawing of man smoking

Drawing of man smoking

So I think there was some improvement there.

Then I decided I would benefit from a course. I did a 10 week course that was a basic introduction to drawing.

I learned about the different types of pencils; why  you should use a drawing board; different ways  of making marks; one-point perspective; two-point perspective, and how to copy images using a grid system.

My best image from the class was this.

Hyena!

Hyena!

I also bought a book to help me along the way called “The Keys to Drawing” by Bert Dodson, which I have dipped into every now and then.

My favourite drawing  from the book exercises was this one:

Drawing exercise from Keys to Drawing Bert Dodson

Drawing exercise from Keys to Drawing Bert Dodson

 

After the drawing class finished I asked my tutor to recommend another class for me. He suggested portraiture.

My progress in that 10 week course was this:

First self portrait using acrylic

First self portrait using acrylic

To this:

Self portrait using black and white acrylic after 10 week course

Self portrait using black and white acrylic after 10 week course

I was dubious at first about doing the portraiture class because it was drawing I was interested in not painting.

But I loved it.

First of all the subject matter, the human face is, for me, the most interesting subject there is.

And secondly paint, it’s different to pencil, and enjoyable to use (apart from getting it on your clothes).

And I’ve been sketching in the open air, this was probably my best effort:

Outdoor sketching at Kirkstall Abbey

Outdoor sketching at Kirkstall Abbey

I enjoyed doing that, but it took so long, I don’t want to spend so much time on detail. I’d like to do quicker more impressionistic images.

Which brings me to my final area of art adventure, watercolours.

I saw that sketchers who used water colours could avoid spending a long time on details and use colours to add interest. So I bought some. I had no idea how to use them so I watched a YouTube video of someone painting a watercolour and I paused and copied stroke for stroke what they did. This was the result:

My first watercolour

My first watercolour

It was a tutorial, and it’s a copy of someone elses work, but I really like what you can do, so It’s something I want to keep doing.

Conclusion

I’ve made progress. I’m still not very good at anything but I am better than I was.

And I am enjoying trying to be creative.

So I shall continue…

Posted on: May 20, 2017