Lessons I’ve Learned this Week

"Noooooo!!! Pencil, don't leeeeave!"
“Noooooo!!! Pencil, don’t leeeeave!”

This week was an off-week in my drawing ability. I like to think to myself that when I’m drawing really badly, I’m about to level up! A bad drawing streak is a wonderful learning opportunity. And I learned a LOT this week.

  1. Sometimes a drawing is okay, but doesn’t represent the emotion or atmosphere I am trying to convey, and so I label it “Bad”

    There's nothing really wrong with this drawing of a girl, but she is a bit generic
    There’s nothing really wrong with this drawing of a girl, but she is a bit generic
  2. Rushing does NOT improve my drawing but rather, gives my characters a sort of over-caffeinated look.

    overcaffeinated
    Messy sketching is okay but too many pencil markings gives a character a jittery quality and can make creating a final draft difficult. Which lines are giving the character energy?
  3. Draw what the character is feeling, not what the character looks like. (My mom came up with this one, and THAT was the turning point for me.

    "Gracie is ready for school" On the left, we see the character looking pleasant, but we don't know what she's feeling. On the right, we can see Grace is excited and happy.
    “Gracie is ready for school” On the left, we see the character looking pleasant, but we don’t know what she’s feeling. So she’s a bit generic again. On the right, we can see Grace is excited and happy.
  4. Look at it from another angle. I tend to go Center Stage, Camera Straight On Main Character. What if we were looking down? Or up? How can perspective help tell the story?

    I always hated climbing up the ladder to the attic. We get a better sense of the height here, and understand why the character looks a little worried about what is in the attic. I think I could've pushed it a little to the right above too.
    I always hated climbing up the ladder to the attic. We get a better sense of the height here, and understand why the character looks a little worried about what is in the attic. I think I could’ve pushed it a little to the right above too.
  5. Oreo Thins are delicious. I know, that has nothing to do with drawing. But it’s STILL TRUE!
  6. Self-care leads to more productive drawing. A good night’s sleep, a clean environment, painted toenails, exercise. Taking the time to take care of my life’s To-Do list gives me the mental space to stretch out and run around in my imagination.

    Take care of yourself so you can take care of your art!
    Take care of yourself so you can take care of your art!

Thanks for letting me share what I learned this week and some of my very messy sketches! Over the next couple weeks I’m going to take what I’ve learned and work on some of my portfolio pieces. I can see some issues with them now, and I’m looking forward to trying some new things with the old pieces πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week! I’ll see you next Friday πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “Lessons I’ve Learned this Week

  1. What a wonderful post! I loved it. It will probably be good advice to most people, not just sketch artists (for example, animators, modelers and photographers). Thank you so much. And you too have a wonderful week ahead. πŸ™‚

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      1. Glad to be of some use, Seybert πŸ™‚ Usually, I am just the nasty curmudgeon πŸ˜€ But hey, sunshine this way or that, it still works, right? Mostly hot weather from me, but maybe I am mellowing down in my senile years. I like your art and your passion for it. I hope you reach great heights with it.

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  2. 1) I’m pretty sure I would kill to draw as well as you on your off days.
    2) YES to number 5 (which is confusing since this is my number 2)
    3) Awesome advice, although number 6 is totally wrong for me. Once I’m well rested and sane from self-care, I start to realize that sitting in a dark coffee shop drawing terrible pictures is not a healthy way to spend my time and that I should be out on a walk or making flower crowns or something. So staying up late, caffeine, poor hydration, and seriously hideously unpainted toenails are a must for me!

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    1. 1. I love that commented in list form!
      2. Killing does not enhance one’s drawing ability πŸ˜‰
      3. Seriously, Oreo Thins are so delicious! *dreamy sighs*
      4. I think it’s good to know what works for you. πŸ™‚ I never learned how to make a flower crown! Now I want to know!!

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