My daily drawings during April have all been part of Sktcy’s #sktchy30 drawing challenge. It’s been a great experience and another month of drawing portraits has definitely helped me improve. All the drawings were done in a 19x19cm Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook. The paper is all media and I used just about everything in it (even spray paint) and I finally started experimenting with ink and water washes – something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
Never before have I drawn as much as i did in the last month. Apart from the 100 people in 1 week I also kept up the daily drawings. Some days I started to practice life drawing so I can start putting some bodies under the faces I’m drawing. So far I’m only drawing from video on Croquis-cafe. They have some great recordings of 10 poses in 20 minutes, it’s sort of like a traditional figure drawing class. They are also great if after a long day I still haven’t done my daily drawing, then I just start one of the videos and know that I’ll be done in 20 minutes. I already filled a pile of A2 sheets with quick sketches. They’r great practice, but not interesting enough to post.
Today I filled the last page in my sketch book. The next sketchbook should behave better with wet media, so hopefully I can have some fun with watercolours and ink washes too. Hope it’s good because it has 95 sheets in it so I’ll be carrying it around for a long time – even with a daily drawing.
Sktchy are doing a drawing challenge in April where they send a daily assignment. I of course joined, now I won’t have to worry about what to draw all month 😉
I finished my February Faces challenge yesterday! I drew 28 people in February. I have now drawn a face every day since mid-January. Before that I didn’t have the courage to draw people. I am really surprised at just how clear the improvement has been in just 7 weeks.
Doing a 1 hour still life drawing Monday I also noticed that I have become much better/faster at constantly checking and correcting my measurements. A bit of an ekstra bonus, I hadn’t expected drawing from photo reference would also helping my live drawing.
The drawings have been taking longer and longer to finish. I’m considering taking on the Marc Taro Holmes /Liz Steel #OneWeek100People2017 challenge in March. Not sure about 20 a day but it would definitely help my drawing speed. Drawing the sketches a bit smaller directly in ink and it might just be possible – but not necessarily very pretty.
The Sktchy app has been a huge help in this challenge, making it super easy to find someone to draw so I could spend the time drawing instead of getting lost searching the net. I can highly recommend the app if you are looking for people to draw or inspiration – or if you would like someone to draw you. It’s very much like Instagram; some upload photos, some drawings. There is also a very friendly and supportive community there. (sktchy: @Svend Soenderby)
I can highly recommend doing a drawing challenge if you want to get better at/learn how to draw. Do InkTober, MarchofRobots, FebruaryFaces, OneWeek100People, 356drawings, dinovember or just make up a new one that suits you. Just decide to do it and stick with it. Jake Parker, who started InkTober, talks about drawing challenges here (it’s very long so draw while listening to it). I believe the only way to learn how to draw is by doing it – a lot. Actually, just stop surfing and start drawing now.
I’ll will continue to draw daily and I plan to do 2-3 Sktchy drawings a week.
The 28 February Faces:
Still doing my daily drawings, but trying out something new; coloured pencils. Thought they might be fun to try out before a whole month of ink – InkTober. I kind of missed that it’s already the 1st. of October tomorrow. Have noting prepared, so I guess I’ll be busy tomorrow.
The coloured pencils are great to work with, but they are really time-consuming. Found time for a few drawings with fountain pen too.
Managed to keep up the daily drawing all summer – or rather 7 drawings a week, there were a fair few catch up days with more than one drawing. No theme, just a weird mixture of drawings.
Mostly used a very cheap sketchbook which has a big drawback; it can’t take even a light wash of watercolour. Some of the “urban sketching” drawings could really have done with a splash of colour. Need to find some sketchbooks with smooth white paper good for fountain pen, pencil and watercolour.