I’m still sketching along with the #sketchendeavour group on Instagram, although I’ll keep sketching even if the group quiets down. I spend between 15 minutes to a few hours a day sketching, depending upon how much free time I have.
I didn’t realize how much I have to practice to gain confidence with accuracy, detail, value, etc.
Yesterday, I suddenly wanted to switch from animals to landscapes. This is an entirely different type of drawing process, so off I go, learning something new. Again. With a goal of combining the two someday.
I’ve been sketching every day, following the #sketchendeavour group on Instagram. Sketching can be fast and energetic or slow and deliberate. I’ve found a nice middle ground after a week; when I spend about 20-30 thoughtful minutes drawing by studying line and shape, I’m pleased with the end result no matter how realistic it is. A final once over for detail is needed at that point, and I put the photo away, shading, erasing, and adding lines where my eye finds gaps and I need more definition.
I’ve been practicing angles:
I’m also focusing on motion:
And finding lots of little cuties from the petting zoo:
Artist Andrew Tischler posted a challenge for artists to improve their drawing skills by sketching every day. His video is inspiring–he’s already so accomplished and yet he’s sketching for two hours every day!
I can hardly find two hours, but I can find fifteen to twenty minutes now and then to practice. I’m using a Stillman & Birn multimedia sketchbook and either my Blackwing pencils or a lead holder with a 2B lead.
We’ll see where it takes me.
Days 1 and 2:
I’m on a kick drawing birds with water soluble ink. Reference photos are usually from Paint My Photo.
Along with my trusty Moonman Mini, I used a refillable brush pen, a Kuretake Sumi. The ink is Herbin Poussiere de Lune, such a pretty plum.
I also drew this Common Grackle, and I took more pictures of the process, albeit in poor lighting. The paper is Canson Multimedia, which isn’t bright white, but it’s not even close to cream, which is how it looks below.
Below I tried a ball point pen. I scribbled too much, but it was a fun, quick experiment.