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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. 30th, 2011 01:19 am (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.
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Mar. 30th, 2011 01:32 am (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.