Somewhere along the way, I subconsciously decided I couldn’t draw.
Recently, I decided that was a stupid decision. People aren’t born knowing how to draw. They learn! And if they can learn, so can I!
Not bad, right?
To be fair, my first day’s practice of drawing the house, airplane, and donut was from memory, while everything else was drawn from reference, which helps a lot. But still, all things considered, there is happy improvement over the 30 lessons.
My big epiphany from these lessons.
My big “aha” was to realize that no matter how complex the object, it was just a combination of simple shapes – shapes that I had learned how to draw. This seems obvious in retrospect – complex shapes can be broken down into simpler shapes – but for some reason I didn’t see it before. Realizing this was immensely empowering, if only as a psychological trick to get the confidence to try. Before, I wouldn’t even try.
What would I do differently?
If I were to do this over, I would skip the pencil and paper and jump right to my Bamboo Tablet with Illustrator and Photoshop. The pencil and paper depressed me. I had to force myself through the lessons. Part of this was because I’m a gear junkie and wanted to use nice art supplies, but was too cheap to buy any. The other part of this was because I knew I would have to learn it all over again on my computer. I wouldn’t be illustrating books with a pencil and paper,I would be using my computer, after all. When I finally decided to break tradition and start working on my computer, that’s when I really started to have fun.
Just the beginning.
I’m excited to learn more. (Looking back over at my drawings, I’m thinking I should probably learn to draw hair next).
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