After the Sleeping Beauty something good had to happen and it is this dragon after John E. Kaufmann’s art. Better than expected. I am able to draw it really slow, that’s why I uploaded the unfinished drawing.
After we copied a drawing, we should compare our result to the original. That’s how we can learn from the practice, from the mistakes and the good points.
For example here above my Aurora drawing had a thousand mistakes which we can see comparing it to the original.
First of all we should examine the whole together. We can see that the scales are horrible. Too big head, too short feet. Also the whole character is different as it’s supposed to be. It’s got another face that we wanted, although the clothes are close enough.
Also the background was a mistake, it’s way more better without it.
After that we can watch all of the parts. Most of the lines are not there as they’re supposed to be or not with the right inclination angle.
So we can see that next time we have to be more careful with the scales and inclinations of the lines.
While I am learning how to draw, there are two dead points at each drawing:
1) First before I start a new sketch, I’m not too confident, deep inside a little voice says that it won’t be good enough.
Even if I keep saying for myself that Yes, I can do it, this could be really hard. The paper is leer, I have to fill it, and I am not sure where to place any of the lines.
The only solution is TRUST. I can see or remember my achievements, my previous drawings. 99% of them shows that the time and work I put into them was worth it, because they are OK, it’s good to watch them. Although they’re far away from perfect, it was totally worth it. And also they are continously getting better!
I also can recall this little fear related to these previous drawings – I used to feel the same way before I started to work with them, too!
So if I think these things through, I can start to draw. I might be not alone with that.
2) The other dead point is after drawing a few lines or after making the sketch – it usually looks lame. Scary that how will this look good?
At this point I have to stop thinking and continue to work out the details. As some of the details come alive we can see that the whole drawing’s gonna be OK.
As you can see here, left side is the first sketch and right side the finisched sketch of Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. I am satisfied with it at this point:
So heads up and keep drawing! 🙂
Practice is the key obviously. After I saw a Hungarian artist’s Zita Végh’s
development (in the right), I believe that it’s possible for most of us to draw like her (F.Y.I. the last one was drawn with ballpoint pen).
Who really wants, he/she can do it in 10 years (one of my professors in a psychology class said that real talent will evolve with 10 years of practice).
So with pretty much motivation;
°and of course a lot of practice we can do it.
So I found a great Harry Potter and Ginny sketch somewhere in google and tried to copy Harry with ballpoint pen to a sh***y paper.
I examined it and thought that it’s good enough to buy a pencil 🙂
So the point is that I think first we should try how we can draw and when the result is good enough than we can buy some professional staff. Before that we should just practice with normal pencils or whatever.
When I was 15 one of my friends had this homework to draw hairs. I liked her work and thought I can do this, too! So I went home and searched for black and white pictures in my books and tried to copy them. (I will show you a few of them when I figure it out how to make them normal looking with Photoshop or something.)
I was drawing sometimes then, but the few people who’ve seen them was not too positive, so I made less and when I started university I stopped drawing.
And lately I’ve started drawing again! I mean copy others drawings, but finally I have the patience to do it again. Feels so good, it’s flow experience (Csikszentmihalyi)