Yes, it’s John Reese from Person of Interest and yes, isn’t it a beautiful painting? I’ve linked the source to the image.
What’s going on, everyone? I’m guest posting for Skye again this week. Yayyy! I hope you’re as excited about this as I am. Not sure what I’m going to talk about today so I’ll just throw out some random topics about art in my life lately.
On copying: Apparently I’m not the only one who feels like copying drawings (aka referring to a picture while drawing) is a form of cheating in the art world. Well, guess what? It’s not. For the longest time I felt like a fraud whenever I drew pictures based on other pictures that I really liked. I’ve read and been told that it’s not copying as long as you’re learning from copying and not tracing the picture because no matter what, everyone has their own style.
So that’s good and it does make sense because I am learning by ‘copying’ and no matter how much I ‘copy’, I will not reproduce the exact same drawing. Why didn’t someone tell me this earlier? Or rather, why didn’t I think of it this way before? I read a great article on copying art the other day and I thought I bookmarked it but apparently not. 🙁 If I find it by some miracle, I’ll put up the link.
On drawing guides: I still remember after I expressed that I had the slightest interest to return to the art world, Skye started sending me art tutorial links by the dozens. I bookmarked quite a few but never really read through most of them simply because art tutorials scare me.
They’re so technical and while I know that you have to learn some technique if I want to improve, I am not one who enjoys reading technical pieces. Also, most art tutorials make me feel like I don’t know nuts. When I read something that I don’t know and the tutorial makes it seem like I should and must know it, I get intimidated and insecure.
That does not mean that I’m doing what I please without knowing some technical stuff. My source of art knowledge comes from Skye who feeds me tidbits and tips on how to improve and for that I am grateful. I secretly look forward to her art tips and summaries of art tutorials, shhh. She likes the technical stuff so it’s all good.
On inspiration: So what has been inspiring my art lately? Hmm, well, Ebba and lots of Hakuouki but you already knew that. I’ve been trying to draw some poses of my own – is it a bit too soon for a newbie to try that? – but I think I’m gonna need to study human forms a bit more to create more dynamic poses.
On asking for help: The story of this point came up only today when I was drawing Sano from Hakuouki and somehow the shape of his face didn’t turn out quite right. I erased 3 times, measured and remeasured, tried looking from different angles, almost threw in the towel and called it a day when it struck me that I could ask the maestro aka Skye.
I turned to Skye and asked her to help me see what I was doing wrong. She gave some suggestions, I tried them out and my drawing turned out okay! Lesson learned: I should seek advice or help if I’m stuck in a rut because someone else might have ways to overcome my problems.
On areas I need to work on: My mind’s eye definitely. I feel like I’m not seeing things enough and my ability to envision things isn’t as developed as I thought. My aim is to really see things for what they are, not just look at them. Know what I mean? Also, I need to work on figure drawing but I already said that somewhere up there.
Okay, so that’s it from me for this week’s Adventures with Art. It was fun writing this post because it allowed me to write out my thoughts on how I’ve been doing so far. Comments? Advice? Tales about your adventures with art? I’d love to hear them. Leave ’em in the comment section below! I’ll end today’s post with a quote:
“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Thank you for reading!