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’ve been surprised at how hard it is to draw deer. I thought they’d be more like horses, but they’re their own thing with huge eyes and ears, delicate legs, and narrow faces.
I used all three versions of Blackwing pencils for these. So far, my favorite sketching pencil is the Pearl, which has a medium hardness. A close second is the regular, inky dark Blackwing, but I use them all and they’ve become my favorite drawing pencils.
I’m trying not to spend more than about 20 minutes on these, but the other day I wondered what it’d be like to do an entire drawing in graphite instead of only using it only in sketches. I’d certainly have to learn how to draw backgrounds.