After 2 year and about 2 months, I filled my sketchbook. This is my 2nd one that I’ve filled If you visited my blog before you have seen a few post of portrait sketches I’ve done using photo reference. The sketchbook I used is a canson sketchbook with 100 pages, 9×12 inches. I wish I could show you all my sketches so you can see the progress I’ve made with each sketch. Just show the importance of practicing to get better. Here are a few sketches that I’ve posted on this blog before along with some news one. For the last five to eight pages I decided to see if I could sketch a portrait just using ink.
I hope with all the madness with this coronavirus everyone is doing well and keeping busy as society has come to a stand still.
We all get excited when starting a new sketchbook, but do you also get excited when you are about to finish one? Well am excited that am almost done with my. Just under 20 pages left. I started this sketchbook 2 years ago, around the end of March. This sketchbook I used for drawing portraits. All of them are using photo references I find on the net. I hope one day I can start drawing people from real life.
When drawing faces I’ve notice that there are certain faces that have their challenges. The challenge is the shape of the face. Some people have like a roundish face shape that sometimes it difficult to get that roundness accurate. Others have that curve roundness around the cheek around. When am drawing that roundness area it look like they have their month stuff with food. Other times it the jaw area plus the cheek area that a challenge.
Depending on what am drawing, I’ll use one of the four sketchbooks that I use. I have one sketchbook for just drawing portraits in pencil. Another one that am just practicing sketching or the sketching that just terrible to show. On my last post you saw my strathmore toned gray sketchbook and then I also have a sketchbook that is just for journaling and where I use watercolor.
I haven’t posted to much from my sketchbook where I just draw portraits. It a canson stretchbook and I’ve been drawing it since March 2018. I don’t think am even half way through with it, but it always amazing to see your skills improve as you look through each page.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with Strathmore toned gray sketchbook. First time using this sketchbook and I’ve seen a some cool art work on instagram using this sketchbook. This also gave me the chance to also use my prismacolor pencil which am still trying to learn how to use them. How do people get that cool color effect?
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.
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.