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How to STOP Procrastination!

Are you one of those people that wants to learn how to draw but it just seems like there is soooooo much to learn that you can’t do it all? Guess what, you can’t! Not all at once at any rate! That would be too much to ask anyone. Think about exercising, when someone starts to lift weights with chest presses you don’t put 500 pounds on the barbell their first time on the bench! You’ll kill ’em! You gotta build up that strength and eventually you have it. The same is true of drawing and practice, if you try to do too much you will feel overwhelmed and be more likely to quit and not even start – procrastination. Start with a small goal and work from there. I’m having trouble drawing comic book hero heads and faces. My style is chibi so it’s really quite a turn from drawing big over-sized heads to that of correct proportional heads. Regardless, I need to get it done for my comic book I’m writing.

DO YOUR RESEARCH
I’ve started with reading a book about drawing the head by master illustrator Andrew Loomis. It’s called
Drawing the Head and Hands. You can find it in any library for free or if you feel like paying get it on Half Price Books. It’s an invaluable resource for proportions and has practical, usable advice.

loomis1After reading the book, I need to practice. Let’s all be realistic, instead of expecting a perfect drawing within two seconds, I need to set realistic goals and expectations. I’ve decided to draw the head at least three times this week for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. That is a small start that I can handle and I should still see results because its enough drawing time. Of course, if I choose to draw longer than 30 minutes, I may! Sometimes, though, it’s quality and not necessarily quantity of practice time that one strives towards. A good artist knows the difference.

My point is that often times people procrastinate because they simply just don’t know where to start. Quality or quantity, if you don’t know where to start, you won’t!

HOW AND WHEN TO PRACTICE
Choose an area you need to work on and create a schedule. That should help with the procrastination because you have a narrowed target, its a much smaller more reachable goal. For myself, I need to draw men’s heads. Specifically, I want to make them more masculine and draw more consistent with realistic proportions. I commit to drawing at least three days in a seven day week, and I will see results. If I feel the need to practice more, I can change my time to 60 minutes or add another 30 minute day. Flexibility is what helps people stay on a schedule. Don’t overdo it! Start small. Add those weights to the barbell, little by little.

Once I’m good at one target I can choose another one – female heads. I’m choosing small, manageable pieces instead of the whole. Once I have my pieces the way I want them, then the whole will come together by itself.

Does that sound “The Zen of Art” -ish enough?

Check out my latest YouTube video and let me know what you think about my practice schedule in the comments.

 

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How to Get Better at Drawing? Draw from Life

One of the best ways to get better at drawing is to draw from life. The experience of putting a three dimensional object within a two dimensional space can’t be ignored. The more you draw, the better at it you will get. The only problem is that most people ignore the things around them from which to draw. I suppose people are looking for a magical moment to capture not realizing it is the artist who makes that moment. There is an abundance of subject matter from which to draw inspiration and improve observational, drawing skills.

Draw from Life

Look at things around your house that you can draw. But don’t just look at them as things, look at them and break them down into the elements of art. For example, in the video tutorial below I draw curtains. Curtains are, undoubtedly, a boring subject. But a better way to look at drawing curtains is to ask yourself how can I also use this knowledge when I’m creating comic books? Capes come to mind: big, flowing, back lighting against the moon, capes! Now it isn’t just curtains, it’s a study for drawing clothing, specifically, capes.

Pets, counter tops, furniture, houseplants, etc., there is a plethora of objects around the house that can help any artist hone those observational drawing skills.

Drawing with Intention: Guided Practice


Another thing I like to do when I sketch is to choose two or three elements of art to emphasize. I let the subject dictate which elements would be best suited for the sketch. For example, if I’m drawing draperies in my house I’m going to look at the lines that create the folds. I would also focus my attention on the values (the lights and darks giving the folds their form). So for my first sketch, I would focus on line and value. For my second sketch I might focus on space, the distances between the folds. For my next sketch, I would choose two other elements. It always helps to have an intention when drawing. Why? It gives the artist direction in sketching. You can use the subject to guide your decision making while drawing.

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DrawingfromLifeDraperies

Watch the video, download the worksheet, and practice drawing draperies and draped fabrics. You can print as many copies as you need of the superhero worksheet.

Practice, practice, practice.