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Practice Sketching: Experiment!

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No, I haven’t forgotten about my tutorials. My dog chewed the tip of the power cord that plugs into my camera. No camera, no tutorials. I ordered another cord but it didn’t get to me in time to film this week’s video. I publish “how to” videos every Thursday on my You Tube channel. So what do you do when you have a deadline to meet and no power cord? Use older footage of course! Luckily, I record many things at once and then edit them later.

I found this footage of a character I was experimenting with for my best friend’s comic. Why experiment? For several reasons. First, changing reference material slightly is a safe way to change the look and mood of an artwork before you commit. Nothing is more frustrating than creating a drawing and then realizing, once it’s finished, that the pose is off, or you could have changed this or that. I like to use reference material so I can look at the anatomy and shading accurately but then change it and make the drawing my own.

I also like to practice with reference material because you can experiment with the shading. Try lighting from the left and then from the right. Change it up! In the video I’m practicing my foreshortening to make the arms and legs look as though they are coming forward.

Check out this crazy footage. Actually, a YouTube channel is more difficult than it might seem. Don’t mind the mistakes in editing and filming, I’m getting better as time goes on, remember this was last year!

Author: Rebecca S

I am an artist and an art teacher. I teach at a Title I school which has it's own set of challenges. I graduated from the University of Arizona and I currently live in the Phoenix metropolitan area. I have a Master's degree in curriculum and technology. In my leisure, I enjoy swimming, mountain biking, nature photography, and making goofy videos.

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