I have said to myself so many times, that I should draw everyday… and every time I draw the set time (usually an hour) for a week or two straight. And then comes that day when you don’t have time!
I think most of us has been there right? After that day.. it is hard to come back to drawing, or doing anything for that matter, every day.
For me, I was drawing an hour after dinner, every day, with life drawings. Then came the final project for my undergraduate degree, the dissertation.
Well, there was no time to draw, just write write write. And I got lost in the non-drawing period again.
However, I heard a professional artist talk about his journey, and it was quite interesting, since a lot of what he brought up is what I am thinking and going through right now.
He mentioned that up until his 20-ish year he just thought art was something he was good at, and would do when he was bored, but not something that he could work with.
Although he mentioned more things that I can relate to, he did say that he got a whole new perspective with a new habit. ’cause as me, he has had these two weeks on and off drawing as well.
He bought a 500-page sketch book and a pen, and then promised himself that he would draw one drawing per day. It could be for two hours, or two minutes, it did not matter, as long as he drew one per day.
He is still doing that eight years later… and today he’s a professional artist.
So I was thinking it might work for me too 😉
Since I’m going into an art based Masters, I might as well spend my summer brushing up on my techniques and skills with both drawing and modelling. I haven’t bought a new sketch-book (ask my mum.. I have too many anyway! 🙂 ) but I am definitely going to try to form this habit.
Below you can see my first attempt at this habit.
Was stuck in bed yesterday with a fever, so I’m sorry this comes out on a Sunday instead.
Wish me luck with the habit! 😀
The next portrait in the ‘Nephew’s ‘ Line.
This is the last portrait for the ‘just-turned-4’ nephews. I have one that that is coming up in 3 years time (yeah, he just turned one so it’ll be a little while) and then two older nephews at 13 and 15 that I need to find good pictures of.
Guess I need to see if I can hassle my brother into rummaging through his old photo albums 🙂
Finally, the exams are over! Hopefully that will be my last exams, and I hope that I’ve passed them all. One of them I’m not so sure about.
So for the near future, I’m working on my dissertation and then trying to find a university for a Masters degree.
I know what I want to do, now the quest is to find a university that will allow me to do it, despite the fact that I do not have an undergraduate degree in a ‘relevant’ field, meaning art or design.
Then again… computing science should be a relevant field, I think, to computer graphics and animation 😉 Let’s hope they’ll see it that way too.
A couple of years a go I had the fortune of being to be able to be a part of a friends tutoring class while she had a model there. The model was amazing and really friendly. She was studying to become a nurse. I think an emergency nurse of some sort (sorry, I do not know the medical terms 😉 )
After quite a while my friend, who owns her own gallery, had a member show and I decided to be a part of it.
So I put up the drawing I had made at that same gallery, years before.
I just have to tell you that I have now sold my drawing! I can now add another country to my list of where I have my art represented 🙂
Although it was a private collector who bought it, it was still nice to sell something here in Scotland.
This week I have been working a lot with my university to work. Hopefully I’ll get some more time to draw come December, as that is the month of due dates.
I like being done with the assessments before hand, so that month should be a bit more free. Hopefully at least 😀
This week I have been doing some life drawings again. Although this week I didn’t feel like sitting on my ball (yes, I do not have a chair, but a ball to sit on! Helps with balance and is so much better for my back) but rather snuggle up next to my boyfriend in the sofa to draw. It was definitely a good decision as he poured me a large cup of tea while I drew.
The winter is coming, or at least making itself noticed. The flat has become more chilly in the mornings and I have resorted into always having a pair of thick socks on me.
I miss the summer and barefoot-friendly weather!
Here is the third drawing I did for my trip to Cyprus.
Since I got the answer that they liked fruit, what can be better than drawing a bowl full of fruit?
Once again though, there was grapes in it… and a lot more of them this time!
Maybe I will get good at grapes one day 🙂
Instead of just posting the pictures of the steps, I made a small ‘step-by-step’ so that you can see what I have done.
I’ve seen a lot of those ‘step-by-step’ pictures around, but I’ve always hesitates to do one, as I have not really had a good image to show it with. But here is my first!
I quite likes the purple background.
So finally I have been able to sit down with my new drawing board and sketched some.
I’ve really missed sketching, and I can start to feel it in my fingers when I have not been doing it for a while. It is like you are getting restless but cannot really figure out what to do, not until you get a pen/pencil in your hand and you have this eureka moment.
Or well, I did at least 😉
Before the summer I didn’t have time to draw that much since I was quite busy with university studies and all the rest of the student life that comes with it. I had my hopes that I would be able to draw during the summer though and the 4 months of vacation that we got (yupp, you read right, 4 months of vacation). I didn’t know much else to do, except programming, so I thought it would be an excellent time to get up to speed with drawing and painting.
This summer I brought my drawing board home with me, and it worked…
… for a week. Then it started acting up and it was impossible to use it any more.
But I got to paint any way. My family painted the house and the fence up at the cottage, and I got to draw some pictures before I headed down to my boyfriend.
Getting this new drawing board though I can finally get back into drawing at least one hour a day and I’ve really missed that.
Here is the first sketch among many I hope, and maybe I’ll continue with this one for a future painting. We’ll see. But I have to say I really like her pose. It is very strong!
This is made from a model, and not from my own imagination. I know that it might look like she doesn’t have much balance, but did stay like that in a window frame.. =)
This is the second painting I did for my boyfriend’s family, and the one that they now have in their house.
Unfortunately I do not have a picture of it in the frame that we got for it, but it made itself very nice in a black sturdy frame, with a white cut-out for more stability.
The way I drew this is the same as my normal process.
- Shade the area of the subject
- Put in the darkest value
- go into the darker details with a softer pencil
- re-shade the subject into the darker shade (but not lighter areas)
- go back to step 3.
This was a softer pencil drawing than what I’m usually doing. But it was fun to work with details in the orange and the dolly.
This took me around 6-7 hours just to get that dolly right. Even if it does not have the same amount of details that my drawings usually has, it was still difficult to get to the point where I was satisfied with it, enough to give it away! (I’m quite picky when it comes to things that I’m giving away… even more so than when it is things that’s just for me)
Sadly the picture does not do it justice.
You can not really see the detail in the part that I like the most, which is the orange peel, but it still looks all right.
Even though many of you might think that the cup might have been the easier part, I found that one to be the most challenging one of the subject. Just because it was so light. There wasn’t too much range where I could play around with values and reflections to make it more realistic, but it was a really nice challenge.
When travelling to my boyfriend and his parents I drew some pictures to bring as a thank you for being so hospitable and kind to me when I was there.
When asked for what they liked I got the answer of fruits.
I made three different fruit drawings for that trip.
This is the first one.
Here you can follow my way of drawing.
First I lightly shade in everything that I’m going to draw (I really don’t like starting on a white piece of paper. It’s almost crippling.. I’m afraid of destroying it! 😉 )
Then I find the next darker area on the set up and continue from there.
As I go through the image, shading it to a darker level, I also try to keep track on the values.
One of the best things when it comes to drawing practices, is to always put in the lightest and the darkest value before starting on anything else.
That way you can have a reference as to how far to take the darkness/lightness in the picture, and it will be easier to find the right values.
By first shading in the subject lightly, you might feel that you actually go darker than you think. Hence putting in that dark dark value, and basically marking how far to go, you can more easily see the ‘right’ values by comparing the shading to the darker spot.
When I did the drawing for this post, I thought that I had shaded in pretty dark when I was at the stage of the first picture. (I thought I had taken it really really dark with those grapes)
But taking a second look on those grapes, in the second picture, when I’ve actually shaded in the darkest spots of them, they don’t really seem to have any shape any more. They pale in comparison to the top layer of grapes.
When you have come to that stage it is just to keep on shading, and drawing, until you get the value that you want, and that you feel can bring the drawing together.
This took me around 5-6 hours to complete. Although I kept staring at those grapes thinking that I would never be able to do them justice. I also wanted to make sure that I got it right, so all the shading went in very light steps, barely adding more value each time.
I guess having gone almost 7 months without doing more than a rough sketch I felt quite rusty and so I wanted to make sure that I got it right.
I’m sorry the pictures are a bit blurry. It was taken with my phone, because I couldn’t find my real camera at that point.