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.
practicing drawing eyes. no reference
Trying to draw a realistic female portrait. no reference
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.
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.
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.
I’ve made it through the half point of InkTober. Wow! this has been a challenge for me. For those who don’t know what InkTober is, it a month challenge of drawing only using ink. You can draw anything or follow the prompts provided, but they must be in ink.
For me the challenge is not making a mistake when drawing. Am still a rookie when it comes to drawing and drawing in ink is a whole different ball game. You got to be confident that your next stroke with the pen is the one you want.
So for me, before I put ink to paper, I listen to a few tunes and clear my mine. After one or two song, I do a quick pen sketch on a piece of paper that is just trash. Just to get an idea of the lines and shapes I’ll be drawing. Then I go my sketch pad and start drawing awhile I continue to listen to my music.
For this challenge I used the suggested prompts provided by InkTober. Here are a few of the drawings.
For my ally is the force and a powerful it is. Life creates it, make it grow. Its energy surrounds us and blinds us. Luminous begin are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you, here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes even between the land and the ship.
Just got to say, I did cheat on this drawing. I drew it first in pencil then went over it using those artist pens. It would have been awesome if I did draw in pen first, but still a long way from being able to do that. Still thinking if I should color it in with water-colors, but am still experimenting with the water-colors that I brought.