I’ve always tried to avoid tracing in my art career but for this Pokemon drawing and it’s complex assortment of cartoon characters I decided it was the best route.
It would have taken me several weeks to get all 20 Pokemon placed correctly before I could begin to actually assert my artistic influence on them. This is mainly why I decided to get on with it and trace the composition.
From here though I plan to try and instill some elegance in the forms, similar to what I’ve seen in many Manga books.
Even with all the reasons I come up with though. I still feel like I’m committing an artistic sin. Sigh…
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- Editing the Yoda Drawing
- Robin Williams as Peter Pan Drawing Finished
- Storm Drawing Finished
- Second Drawing of Martin Luther King Jr Finished
- Martin Luther King Jr Drawing Finished
- A Complete Art Morning
- The Dominant Eye
Warm-up and DrawABox exercises
The normal 15 minute warm-up in graphite.
The challenges continue with the 250 box challenge. Well, I took my time on this page and had my focus dialed in but the problem here lies in execution. I drew all these lines with a faster, more confident, hand but many of the lines didn’t end up at the angle I wanted. This resulted in some distorted boxes.
Exercise #23 from The Natural Way to Draw is a great exercise. But, Nicolaides didn’t know about the decades of exercises used by many contemporary teachers to help see the form. Steve Huston in his book Figure Drawing for Artists has many of these exercises.
I ended up combining Steve Huston’s method of seeing complex forms as simple forms, mostly cylinders, with Nicolaides’ cross contours.
Daily Composition and Sketch
A pack of batteries that I purchased yesterday and an old man walking in blowing rain. The best thing about drawing from your memory is that you figure out quickly all that you don’t know about the figure. Here, I have no idea how to age a person. The drawing is supposed to be of an old man but it looks like a much younger person.
What went well, what was awesome! Celebrate It!
I put in a lot of art time today with the Pokemon Drawing.
What needs work? What did you learn?
Practice seeing every aspect of art, even tracing, as a tool that can be used well in the right situation without hurting my progress.
How am I going to Optimize moving forward?
Limit my use of crutches and continue to be brutally honest on my blog about what techniques I use to complete every piece.