Well, I think I became pretty impatient, I have been too excited for the drawing course.
Therefore I could not concentrate to draw Matthew Perry normally again.
It was my plan to redraw him and John Newman before the course, to have the chance to compare one of my portraits from 2002 and 2015 with the current ones.
To see what have I learned by myself without a teacher. (For the record I was not drawing from cc. 2005 until October 2014.)
This is the result of Matthew:
The sad part is that he is more unrecognizable on the newer one.
But at least I now better techniques than in 2002 and learned more about anatomy of the face and shading.
It is very hard to draw after pics in your head. I think there’s only one way to do it correctly. You have to practice drawing follow (try to copy):
other drawings (this is the easiest),
black and white photos (it’s the second easiest),
coloured photos and
the real world, it’s the hardest.
That’s how you get to know the details of things and with that you can draw without help.
You have to practice years and years, thousands and thousands of drawings. I guess the best is to draw all day at least 1-2 hours.
Thoughts of others:
~ One of my teachers at the university (a psychologist-mathematician, who thaugt us statistics, economy and psychology, evolution of thinking, and he’s also author of some books and also knows talentimproving) said us, that if someone’s talented in something, it’s not enough. He/she have to practice for 10 (!) years all day to do something special.
~ One of my excollegues who drew well and earlier worked on famous animations, too (for example on All dogs go to heaven), said that in drawing nobody has to be talented. You only have to love it and practice a lot
(~ She also said that you can earn too little money nowadays with drawing;
~ and that traditional art is not enough, you have to learn to do digital art and constantly develop your knowledge and learn to use the newest softwares.)
As we can see on this drawing, this is amateur. This is the first one after my new start. But I didn’t use any reference pictures to draw it.
The image came to my mind with others, and I chose this one because I drew a lot of hair so far. A pic like this helps to know what you don’t know. (I started like oh it’s easy, but it’s not.) You have to remember so many details.
So the next step is practicing ‘immer wieder’ as the smart German says. Next drawings gonna be cat eyes, my love asked them.
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 had, 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 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 🙂
Then with the pencil I copied a little town drawing by Laszlo Ujvarosi also on a bad paper. Then I finally decided to buy normal papers, too.
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.