Getting Back On The Artistic Horse
To tell you the truth, I’ve never felt like my art was good; I still consider myself an “artistic” person because I absolutely love creating things, painting, drawing, doodling, scribbling, you name it; but I’m working on changing my perspective.
Since I always disliked the end product of my artistic ventures, I set that hobby aside for a while, frustrated because I wasn’t good at something I really enjoyed doing.
Recently I decided to grab an old notebook and sketch away. I’m participating in an Instagram project/challenge called #The100DayProject or #100DaysOfMaking (click the link to read all about it and participate) and it has gotten me to fall back in love with drawing and painting. Since I love fashion illustration I decided to try my hand at some “fashion” sketches (nothing too fancy) and am practicing daily. I am definitely not what you would call talented (and I’ll eventually splurge on COPIC Markers to make my sketches really come to life) but I am persistent. As I get older, I’ve grown to be more persistent in the pursuit of things that matter to me instead of giving up after a few bumps in the road. There’s a lesson: Be persistent, you’ll be proud of yourself down the line once you realize you didn’t give up and actually achieved what you had set out to achieve! [Feel free to remind me of this occasionally and I’ll do the same for you]
I’ve decided to change my attitude about my art and look at how far I’m getting with practice and perseverance instead of looking at it from a negative perspective and think that I suck compared to actual – professional – illustrators, painters, artists. I’m sure it also took them a little time to perfect their art, unless they’re the reincarnation of Michelangelo or something!
Here are some things I am looking to improve on:
- Shades – I’m terrible at accurately placing shades because it’s not an easy thing for me to imagine.
- Eyes – The day I make the eyes look like they belong to the same person, I will throw a party (the theme will be “eyes, eyes, baby”.
- Mouths – I always draw them kind of wonky and they end up looking either too big or too small for the subject.
- Hair – This one sort of ties in with the shades, since to give the hair some depth you need to properly place the darker and lighter values/strands of hair to make it look more realistic and with more body.
- Anatomical accuracy – I never really sketch any measurements beforehand. Some people like to sketch out 9 spaces the size of the head and then create a basic figure before moving on to details. I’m planning on creating some basic templates for myself to refer to when I’m drawing.
- Movement – All – or most – of my subjects end up looking the same: standing straight/upright, no sassiness or movement, just like statues. I’d like to learn to draw them sideways, or dancing hula, or leaning against a wall!
So today I’m growing a pair and showing you what I’ve been sketching and creating lately. I’m open to suggestions and feedback, but remember I am new at this and am aware that I need lots of improvement.
I apologize for the quality of the photos, they are all taken with my iPhone. I enhance them to make them look brighter so the details are more visible. I’m working on finding the perfect lighting to take pictures so I can upload them as they are with little to no editing.
Follow along with my #100DayProject on Instagram, I’m posting every single day!
Is this something you’re interested in seeing more of? Would you like me to share my progress here and include some helpful tips I discover along the way?
Thank you for reading, darling!