Using your imagination

When I see artist draw from their head or able to create something, I wonder how they do that.  Since taking art class in high school I could never draw from memory or use my imagination to come up with something.  I have to use a photo reference or draw something that I could see.  Thinking about it, make more sense on why I consider myself a visual person. Even when something is explained to me verbally, it take me time just to make sure  I understand what was just explained.
Now am trying to train myself and my brain to draw from memory / imagination.  It been a slow process cause sometime I don’t know what to draw.  For the mean time I wanted to see how close can I draw a realistic face and so far it a disappointment.  Hopefully it just temporary and I will improve. You can see the difference  when drawing from my head to using a reference a photo.

Do you struggle drawing from memory?  For those those don’t, any advise.

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2018 Journal

I’ve been keeping a journal for about 3 years now.  Why do I keep a journal? It feel relieving to just let whatever you have on your mind and just put it on paper and leave it there. Not only do I just write, but also doodle, draw and watercolor when I have nothing to write. What do I use for my journal? I don’t use a regular notebook that most of us used to keep notes in school.  For my journal in 2018, I used a general sketchbook that I found I my local hobby lobby store that was within my tight budget.  It a hard cover and at least able to handle light watercolor washes.

Its been 4 years.

Well I haven’t blog about my progress in drawing lately.  It been 4 years since I started drawing again. It funny looking at my first sketchbook and seeing all the portrait drawings I did and compare it to the ones I’ve done lately. You can actually see the progress and the more likeness to the actually person. Am still trying to improve in my shading and trying to draw different portrait angels. There are still area I haven’t experimented in such as drawing white hair or facial hair. Drawing people of darker skin color and faces of older people that have much more facial details.

All of my drawings are were done awhile sitting on the floor.  I don’t have desk in my room and don’t like being in area where people are passing by. Plus I do a lot of my drawing at night when everyone else in the house is asleep.

When I first started drawing 4 years ago.

Drawings I did just a month or so ago.

Daily Prompt: Observe

Observe

Observe, I do this a lot. No matter where am at, I just like watching what around me. It even more interesting when you are out in public and just observing people. The most common thing I’ll see are people glue to their cell phone.  Looking down at their screen and not even being aware of their surroundings. The most recent thing I’ve notice about people are what they wear in public.  I really believe that some females leave their home without looking in the mirror.  Am all for dressing comfortably in hot weather, but you should make sure your not showing to much.  Especially if you are going to the gym.

You can also record what you observe either by writing or like me and others through photography or drawing.  I recently started doing urban sketching. Taking a sketchbook with me and just pick a spot in the downtown area and draw what I see.  You can do this when visiting your favorite coffee shop.

Inktober 2017

Inktober came and went.  With so much on my mind, I was only able to get half way.  This year I decide to challenge myself a little bit more.  Instead of using your regular ink pen/markers, I decided to use a dip pen and the Higgin black magic ink. I also used a old sketchbook I had laying around my room.  Haven’t used it since high school and I didn’t have money to buy a sketchbook that didn’t bleed when using ink.  The paper did hold up except when there was to much ink on the nib and drip on the paper.

Drawing in ink is intimidating because you have to know what you are going to do.  Are you going to draw a straight line, a circle or maybe a curve?  If you aren’t certain you can’t afford to miss up cause can’t erase it, you can keep going or start over on another page.

Drawing 2014 vs Drawing 2017

Three years ago I decided to re-learn how to draw. Just needed another hobby to keep me busy.  It had been a long time since I’ve done anything art related. High school art class was the last time I actually drew something. So I went Michaels and brought a sketch pad along with some pencils. I had decided I would just start drawing portraits since it what I still remember from high school art class.

I began drawing some popular people, first by drawing a egg like shape, then dividing it. One for the eyes, then where the nose would be and where the mouth would be. Of course my drawing were not perfect at all nor did they resemble the person I was trying to draw. At the end I just kept drawing, having done one or two good portraits drawings.

Then I started to branch out into watercolor and drawing other thing then portrait. Left my sketch pad sitting there, as I tried other sketchbooks that were smaller and I could take with me where ever I go.  I didn’t give up on drawing portraits. Still drew them, but now added some color to them. Just last month with money was getting tighter and couldn’t go buy another sketchbook so I return to that unfinished sketchpad I left sitting in my room. I thought to myself what to draw. I look through some of my first portrait drawings and decided to re-draw them.  I wanted to see how much have I improve in 3 years or haven’t improved at all.

*NOTE* Left 2014 drawing   Right 2017 drawing /// Sorry for the poor images.

Russel Crowe Gladiator: Left 2014 Right 2017
Jennifer Lawrence: left 2014. Right 2017

Urban sketching:San Antonio, Texas

I’ve decided to explore the world of urban sketching. Urban Sketching is drawing from direct observation whether it be outdoors or indoors. You can do this at your current location where you live or if you are traveling. Seeing Peoples sketches on instagram it looks very interesting to try. I haven’t done that many sketches, but so far I’ve like what I have done with some of the challenges am facing. One of those challenges is being able to fit what am sketching on a small piece of paper.  Should I sketch it horizontal or vertical on the paper? Also trying to get as much detail into the sketch, and then painting it with watercolors.  My other challenge is quickly drawing people who may be in the area and are constantly in motion. Hopefully something I can semi-master quickly, but in the mean time I just take a photo and use that as a reference to sketch people in.

World Watercolor Month 2017

World Watercolor Month has come to an end.  This year I completed 19 painting out of 31 which is less then what I did last year.  It always fun and a challenge to participate in World Watercolor month. The challenge to paint something each day and to use that creativity side of our brain that most of us don’t use.  The fun part is just having fun doing it.  No need to stress whether your watercolor painting sucks.  Just enjoy what you are doing and maybe laugh that your art work looks like a 6 years old art work or that you may have some hidden talent.

My 3rd Journal Full

I’ve recently filled up my 3rd journal. Its filled with written journal entries along with watercolor portrait paintings and other things. For this journal I used the portrait travel journal that I brought at Hobby Lobby. Its a perfect size journal that you can take with you every where you go.  Compared to my second journal a strathmore mixed media which is about the same size, this portrait travel journal was much easier to keep open as I work in it. I was hoping to to use my dip ink fountain pen, but it bleed through the paper. Using regular pen was okay. The paper did hold up when I use watercolor.  Sometimes after watercolor dried the colors would sometime stain the paper next to it.  The same thing would happen when I drew something using the Faber castell artist pen.