It’s the first day! Introductions and nervous, timid pen control exercises are the agenda for today.
“You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried” – doodlealley.com/2012/10/10/be-friends-with-failure/
“The ceramics teacher announced he was dividing his class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right graded solely on its quality … the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity!” – sivers.org/qlq
365 Days of Drawing is going to be 365 failures in drawing. In an attempt to rekindle past skill in art, I’m deliberately practicing every day from January 1st, 2014, and recording it. I hope to get better at art, show my progress and possibly help anyone else who’s wanted to learn how to improve their art technique.
Time to set a ‘current skill’ benchmark to compare at the end of 365 days.
Applying the technique of drawing upside down to trick the brain.
Human proportions (totally kicked my butt)!
Human proportions – side
Human proportions – back, and some abstraction for figures
Human proportions – face, plus some rambling
Photo reference drawing – photo of a statue bust.
Drawing the eye – looking at it’s 3D form.
Drawing a female portrait
A look at the anatomy of the jaw
A look at the anatomy of the neck
A continued look at the anatomy of the neck
Drawing neck anatomy from photos, and a few lessons learned.
Practicing drawing what I see by drawing a castle staircase.
Continuing work on the castle staircase. Really concentrating on accuracy.
Struggling through the first time I’ve felt unmotivated to draw.
Deciding to go with a more “project” based approach, I start to sketch my D&D character.
Finishing off my D&D character and figuring out where to go next.
Starting to work on some weaknesses identified from yesterdays drawing.
Continuing work on weaknesses in my drawing – noses!
Finishing my study of noses, and doing a little rendering through hatching.
Starting my lip study, half way through.
Finishing the lip study!
Copying a bargue drawing of a face with a nose and lips
Portrait of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion on Game of Thrones) from a photo.
Continuing my portrait of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion on Game of Thrones) from a photo.
Finished my portrait of Peter Dinklage (Tyrion on Game of Thrones) from a photo.
Drawing hands and realizing some changes in my technique after only 29 days.
Anatomy studies of the whole arm
Finished the anatomy studies of the whole arm
Starting work on painting directly using value
Restarted my portrait painting because I wasn’t happy with my first try
Continued working on the portrait, working on nailing the likeness
Continued working on the portrait, fixing the likeness, blending some of the solid blocks of shade/lighting.
Finished the black and white portrait
Starting a colour paint of a landscape.
Continuing the landscape, running out of steam and motivation.
Getting motivation back as I figure out how to paint texture while painting the landscape.
Finishing the landscape.
Speed (?) painting of an interior arch window.
Painting a misty forest.
A bad painting of Bruce Lee
Learning from the last painting’s mistakes in a new painting.
Painting of Patrick Stewart
Continuing my work on the Patrick Stewart portrait
Stopping work on the Patrick Stewart portrait
Focusing on painting some hands
Finishing my hands painting
Prepping for a skull painting
Laying down initial volume and planning for later detail
Adding detail around the sockets of the skull
Adding detail around the sockets of the skull
Adding detail around teeth and the jaw of the skull
Finished the skull
Starting some armor with some interesting lighting
Making very slow progress on the armor
Making more very slow progress on the armor
Finished the first gauntlet, hurrah!
Blocked out the major shapes of the second gauntlet.
Starting rendering of half of the second gauntlet.
Getting a little burnt out on this armor painting.
Only 2 or 3 days out from finishing this thing!
Making a lot of mistakes on the armor – taking a break from it
Drawing from imagination after a 4 day break
Things are getting tough
Copying from photos (again) to build a mental library
Doing some character design today
More design ideas for my RPG character
A frustrating day of no productive drawing
Trying to find a visual language to sketch figures
Drawing out a complete character design
Fixing various mistakes in yesterdays work