I don't really have an appropriate icon for this. Let's just pretend that bear is drawing in a sketchbook for now.
I've wanted to learn to draw since elementary school. I've always been very interested in sketches and comic style art (of the comic book variety much more than the newspaper comics). And immensely jealous of kids in school that could just whip out these amazing Ninja Turtle battle scenes in the course of 40 minutes. It seemed to me to be an ideal way to ignore math class, so I was forever trying to do what they did. I'd watch how they did it, but couldn't discern any rhyme or reason to the pencil movements. I'd try to copy their sketches to no effect.
They drew Ninja Turtles who looked like our beloved cartoons, I drew a Ninja Lemming that was an oval with legs. I think he was a lemming so that I could throw the failure that he was to me off a cliff and not feel bad about it.
But for Christmas, sweet_opiate
bought me a sketch pad and pencils as a sign of encouragement. We also had a book called The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
sitting around. So, after much internal struggle to get over the "I'm just going to fail and be even more disappointed" voice in my brain, I sat down and gave the book a shot.
It actually spends a heck of a long time talking about her theory of the way the brain works and why she thinks her techniques work. (She does digress and say that the reason WHY could be totally wrong as she isn't a neurologist, but the techniques themselves have worked for her countless times nonetheless) She's been an art instructor since the 70s, and indeed the first edition of this book came out around then.
Anyway, one of the first things it has you do when you finally pick up a pencil is to try and draw something as you would without instruction. The purpose being to give you a benchmark against which to look back and measure progress. I was really reluctant to do this because I knew the results would be awful. But eventually I produced this horror:
Sorry for the 'bleedthrough' - the scanner sees through the thick paper, and I've been using both sides of the sheets so far because I didn't want to waste good paper on this terrible work.( Collapse )