The first time looking at a photograph of my daughter jumping her soul out, it didn’t strike me. It did, though, pop up again some time later and just then revealed a perfect pose. I love the motion, the clothes, the coolness by giving us the thumb up. Great for a drawing. Here I used graphite lead and some pencil. Since I got my inking stuff together now (thanks to Terry Moores’ last issue of his ‘How to’ series, where he gets into detail of the equipment he uses), I might try a different technique later.
Since summer, that image stuck to me. And finally, in October, I started drawing. But not, how I usually do. Did a couple of pre-sketches, but as I explained before, I am not doing well using blurry visions as my source. I knew, where I wanted to go, but every sketch done my traditional scribble kind of way looked badly and not even close to what I wanted to see. While doing the 4th or 5th, I got frustrated. Causing me to think over how I approach things. That is where it literarily hit me. Dude, you see blurry, you draw blurry! Just start exactly at that point where you are right now…
In theory, I’ve got it down. I say, if you dream, chances are, you do great at drawing from mind. Why? Because all it takes is a clear picture in your head. Lately, I am practicing this skill. Straying away from my old path of copying. It really hasn’t been easy. Purposely thinking of an image, let’s say, when someone tells me to draw something, mostly turns out to be pretty foggy up here. It’s not like I haven’t seen a cow a million times. But then again, things just pop up. Suddenly, there it is, out of a mood, a situation, an experience. Imprinted in memory. No problem, now. Paper, pencil and I got a finished sketch in minutes.
This scene was just 1-2 seconds on TV. I had to rewind and pause to get a better look. Blew me away! Jungle, palm trees, creepy fog, … all the good stuff. I still am not sure, if I started with the most fitting tools to capture that moment. I tried a couple of different pencil techniques, even put some scratched off lead on the paper Continue reading
‘Begin with a proper sketch book. Draw in ink. Finish each drawing you begin, and keep every drawing you finish. No erasing, no ripping out a page, no covering a page with angry scribbles. What you draw is an invaluable and unique representation of how you saw at that moment in that place according to your abilities. That’s all we want. We already know what a dog really looks like. … Continue reading