As I mentioned a while ago, (dear 15 year old me) I have spent most of my life convinced I couldn’t draw. When I took up photography a while back, I started seeing things differently. And then I started drawing.
To begin with, I wasn’t quite sure what to do, or what I was interested in drawing, so I just kind of pootled about doodling things. I used the book that Big was using, Anatomy for the Artist (Amazon affiliate link), but I didn’t get on with it as well as she did.
Really, what has worked for me is getting *good* art materials and experimenting. I’ve built up quite a stock 😉
My day to day carry kit looks something like this.
That’s a Winsor and Newton watercolour sketching set, some Derwent Pencil water pens, my Staedtler pigment liner pen set (that particular set exclusive to Cass Art) and a set of mini pencils that came off a draw by numbers set. They’re the only bit of this that aren’t high quality, given that the sketchpad is Moleskine, but if you shop around carefully, you can get quality at a really good price. For example, right now, Cass Art have a clearance sale, although their prices are competitive all the time. Their shops are treasure troves of artistic inspiration if you’re ever near enough for a visit too.
My experiments at the moment are inspired by an excellent book, Just draw it, that I found at the library. I like the way that it suggests a technique and links it to an artist, so not only are you getting to try something out, you’re getting to learn about artists as well.
So here’s my attempt at a Zen portrait. Not sure I’ve quite got the technique down.
I guess what I’m learning at the moment is that if you don’t try, you don’t have any chance of succeeding. And the more you try the more chances you give yourself to produce something you like. Which have been good lessons to learn.
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