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I'm going to learn to draw!

It started on a whim. I had a realization this afternoon. I'm not what one would generally consider artsy, and I know it. I haven't taken an art class since middle school, and in fact I've always shied away from the visual arts. (We'll ignore the fact that I won a honorable mention award for a drawing of some sunflowers at an art show--again, in middle school.) Proportion, perspective, generally making things not look funny... I have no idea how to do that. Everything I draw looks funny, and when it comes to putting ideas on paper without using words, I can never do it. It's time for this block to end, I decided in a split second this afternoon. And for that block to end, I need to learn to draw.

The goal isn't to become a master artist, just to suck less at the visual arts than I do now. Given my ineptness at the arts now, this is definitely an achievable goal. Tonight's exercises were in free-form line drawing and copying an upside-down drawing (which turned out as a recognizable copy of the original, though I took some liberties with the face at the end). Interestingly, every time I do free form line drawing, I find myself turning the doodles into anthropomorphic critters who say things. Is this a sign of something? Only time will tell.


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Mar. 29th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
I might recommend heading to the local library and checking out a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain. I think it will appeal to you very much, and it is considered one of the most valuable texts in the art world.
Mar. 29th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
I should add a hearty congratulations that you have decided to learn to draw. I find drawing is an incredibly rewarding and socially impressive skill.

Oh, and one other thing - don't use a mechanical pencil if you don't have to. The tip is just a point - you can't shade and lean your pencil properly in order to get a variety of lines. Bust out those old 2Bs (I like 4Bs, personally) and give them a go.
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
Drawing is definitely socially impressive. I find people who can draw well very impressive, probably because I don't have that skill. Yet.

That book has been recommended to me multiple times, so it's probably a sign I should look into it. My library does have a copy, but it's checked out at the moment. I'll look again in a few weeks.

As for pencils, I've been avoiding the mechanical pencil, probably because I've long associated that with doing problem sets. I busted out a couple of regular old #2 pencils (that's what was around), sharpened them, grabbed my big pink eraser, and went to town.
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
Here's another trick you might try when you are starting out - don't use your eraser. I am of the opinion that heavy use of an eraser encourages destruction and doubt instead of creativity. Just start with light lines if you are uncertain of depth or shape, and repeat the ones you like more heavily. Besides, erasers ruin the quality of your paper and their residue is difficult to hide. They're sort of a mark of shame - "I didn't like this line so I'm trying to hide it" instead of "I put a line here, but then I put a better line here."

Perhaps think of it as "December is for inking!" Does that make sense?
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
December is for inking. I like that. It will probably take me awhile to stop using the eraser, probably because the one I have is a really good one, but the way I erase does wrinkle the paper sometimes. Oops.
Mar. 29th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
That's not too bad of a start. I was actually expecting something worse when I went to click the linkie.

Forgive me. I'm a bit discombobulated at the moment or else I'd have something much more coherent to say.
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
It's not that bad. It's recognizable, at least. That was my goal. I did the face last, and it probably shows. :P
Mar. 29th, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
This is the site I was gonna use for that:
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I haven't seen that site yet. More resources!
Mar. 29th, 2011 10:27 am (UTC)
Good luck! I'm always impressed by people who pick up new talents!
Mar. 29th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm doing what I can to pick this up.
Mar. 30th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
You know what? I do that too! I remember making a bat out of some scribbles one of my freaking driving teachers had me do. It was in California... long story XD.

I know you're going to end up with cool stuff. You have the cool stuff mojo.
Mar. 30th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Your driving teachers? That's a new one. I'm trying to channel my cool stuff mojo for this drawing thing. It'll work, even if I really suck at blind contours. But hey, those are supposed to be crappy, right? Just like novel first drafts?
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