Drawing progress after 4 months

Hi everyone.

Four months had passed. I have to confess that I tried to draw every day, but to be honest sometimes I just did nothing. I spent a bit less of time on drawing (around 30 hours in overall) than usual because I had some other things to do. I had a lot of work as well and sometimes I was too exhausted to even start drawing anything.

Anyway, I did many simple exercises and a couple of full-page drawings (on A3 or A4 paper format).

The new thing is that I bought several mechanical pencils, so I have two with 0.7mm and four with 0.5mm lead size. I had also bought blue 0.5mm graphites, but to be honest I used them once or twice.

I have to tell you that I am heading a bit to mechanical pencils. I really enjoy drawing with them (with B and 2B leads), but of course I use wooden ones as well (especially 4B, 6B, and 8B).

A word about drawing. It is easier for me to draw things like faces, regular shapes, lines, and structures, but I struggle a bit with proportions and perspective. I started to add more details as well and I use smudging more often.

In overall, I know that so much of work is ahead of me and my journey with drawing will be long and bumpy but I see the light at the end of the tunnel. To be more specific, I see progress with my drawing skills. It is like 10% of what I want to achieve, but still, I am moving forward.

Ok, goals are still the same. I will add some new exercises as well like drawing with a set period of time (for example an hour challenge or so).

So, here are some drawings that I did through the last month:

dragon drawing with a pencil

Till next time, Piotr

Drawing exercises – part 2

Hi, it will be a short post about drawing exercises.

As I wrote in one of my previous posts I constantly draw simple things for a hand training. I draw circles, straight lines, curved lines, boxes, undefined shapes and whatever comes to my mind.

I decided to do something a bit different recently. I took an A4 sheet of printer paper and started drawing lines only. What I wanted to do was to create some kind of a structure. I took me about 7 hours to cover the whole sheet.  I did it in three days (it was not a one-time session).

Ok, here are the results:

drawing lines exercise
drawing lines - finished exercise

I used a mechanical pencil with a 0.5mm 2B lead for this exercise.
Hopefully, it will have some impact on my drawing skills 🙂

Until next time,

Drawing progress after three months

Hi, three months had passed.
This time I decided to do a test to check how much progress I did since the beginning of my journey with a drawing (or since I got back on a track again).

I took one of my r2d2 drawings which I did 3 months ago and drew it once again.
Here you can see results.
The first one is ‘before’, and the second one is ‘after’ 🙂

r2d2 first drawing  r2d2 drawing after three months

They are not identical in details, but the point was to check an overall progress.
What can I say?  I think that the second one is better, lines are more precise, maybe shading as well but, of course, the image is not yet ideal.  Maybe after a year or something, I will see more progress than now 🙂

Anyway, I feel that I improved my drawing skills, and apart from this test I want to show you some other things that I did.

Ok, so these are the drawings (some of them) which I did through the last month.

face drawing face drawing landscape drawingdino drawing example mountains with 6b pencil

Drawings of faces were prepared without any looking at the people or pictures. I did them on my own and I am pretty content with them (even though they are not so good).  The last image was done pretty quickly with a very soft pencil (I used 6b).

From the technical side. I spent around 50 hours on drawing exercises, and I think it will be pretty still value for the future. The new thing is that I bought three new mechanical pencils in February, so I have four of them right now (apart from a full set of wooden pencils). Two of them are 0.5mm and two of them 0.7mm and I use B and 2B leads for them.

In the next month, I will continue with drawing lines, shapes, face elements and so on.
The goals are still the same.

Until next time.

Pencil extender – do I need it?

Hi, today I want to give you a short note about a tool called pencil extender.

I had never used such a tool before, but when I got it my life has changed 🙂
Being more serious, pencil extender is a simple device, which extends our pencil so we can use it in a comfortable way even when a pencil is relatively short.

Just look at the pictures how one of my pencils looks like.

pencil extender pencil extender in action

What can I say, it is much easier for me to draw with such a tool when a pencil is short, and I can wear out almost whole pencil easily without any hand fatigue. So answering a question from a title, yes I need such a device.

And this is pretty all today, I just wanted to show you such a new thing I use for drawing.

Until next time.

Drawing progress after two months

Hi, two months had passed and I have to tell you that I did some progress with drawing. Nothing spectacular to be honest, but all in all I see some improvements. It is easier for me to draw lines and shapes and add gradation with various pencils. I drew several simple landscapes (apart from other things) and I am pretty content of what I did throughout the last month.

Without further ado, these are my latest works:

You may see one new thing on my drawings, which is creating a space. I had used five simple techniques to achieve it:
– closer things are bigger,
– closer things have more details,
– overlapping (e.g. one object behind the other one),
– size of elements (closer elements are bigger),
– value and color (closer elements have stronger colors and value).

I still work with lines, shapes, shades and face elements.
The new things I am going to add to this list in the next month is one and multi-point perspective and drawing without looking at the object (it calls blind contour drawing).

As for technical things. I had spent around 50 hours on a drawing, so in overall it is around a hundred right now.
I have been using mostly HB, B2 and B4 pencils (and a bit of B6 and B8), and I had worn out several of them.
I had bought one new mechanical pencil with refills (but really cheap for about 5-6 dollars or so)  and an electric eraser, which one is really interesting to use 🙂

Kind regards, and to the next time, Piotr

Tools I use for drawing

Hi, today I want to tell you which tools I use for my drawing exercises.

First of all, pencils.
Most of the time I draw with a B2 or B4 wooden pencil.  I pick HB or H2 hardness for light sketching. If I do some dark and bigger shadow areas I use B6 or even B8, which are very soft. When I do some exercises like line and shapes drawing I just pick whatever I have beside me.

Apart from this, from time to time I use a mechanical pencil with a B or B2 hardness and 0.5mm graphite size. It is pretty good for adding some details or do thin lines.

As for a company, I had been using Faber Castell, Staedtler, Koh-i-noor or even no-name pencils so far.
Sometimes some of them give scratchy feeling during drawing (when picking up a harder pencil like H, H2), but in general, all pencils I have been using so far were really good.

Mostly I use a kneadable eraser, which I found is great for adding highlights and what’s more, I can easily change its form to clean small areas or big ones.
I always have at least one of such an eraser beside me (and it does not leave any particles on the paper like a vinyl eraser). I use a standard vinyl eraser as well, but not so often.

I use a 20cm or 30cm ruler, to draw longer lines (like horizon for example), set perspective or proportions.

What more? A sharpener, paper (mostly A4 format) and from time to time a tortillon for blending. I found that a sketchbook is pretty convenient recently. So now, I use such a thing instead of a paper taken from a printer, and I do not have a mess on my desk while drawing (I draw several pages at a time while exercising)  🙂

And this is pretty much all that I use so far.
In general H2 to B8 pencils, eraser, ruler, sharpener, paper, sketchbook and a tortillon.

If you are not familiar with a pencil gradation I am just going to tell you a simple thing. B letter with a greater number means more soft pencil, which leaves a darker color and a thicker line, HB pencil is in the middle, and an H one is harder and leaves a lighter color with a thinner line. It goes like this: from for example 8B to B, then HB, F (F is similar to HB) and then from H to H8. (some companies produce a wider scale with even 9B or 9H pencils)

Drawing progress after one month

Hi, today I put some images of my recent drawings.
As usual, I constantly draw simple things for hand training (at least twice a week):

Apart from this, I did some drawings with simple shapes like:

Finally, these are drawings after one month of intensive training:

I can say, that I see some progress with shading and lines, and it is a bit easier to draw more complicated things for me.
Still, drawing faces is difficult, especially finding proper proportions.

What more, I started to use eraser more frequently to add some highlights, and I try to spend more time looking at objects which I am trying to draw to spot more details.

During whole month I wore out one complete set of soft pencils (b2 to b8 – 7 pencils), and I spent around 50-60 hours on a drawing. It gives around 2 hours a day.
I tried to draw every day, but to be honest I had maybe up to 5 days when I did not do anything.

Anyway, I am still on the track 🙂 and trying to get better every day.

My goals for the next month are:

  • lines and shapes exercises,
  • drawing objects with shadings,
  • draw face elements like eyes, nose, mouth, and ears,
  • do some full images of faces or landscapes to see my progress.

I know, this is a lot, but I am going to continue with these things in the future as well.

Till the next time, Piotr

Drawing exercises – part 1

Hi, today I put some images of my exercises.
As you can see, I did some lines and shapes.

I did them as a warm-up and a hand training.

I sketch simple shapes at least twice a week and I believe it is helping with getting better with drawing. Every image consists of simple shapes, so I think it is very important to draw them properly.

Basically, I draw about 3-4 a4 sheets at a time and I do very random shapes, lines or figures. Some of them may imitate hair, grass, pupils or other things later on.
I use whatever paper and pencil for doing this type of exercising.

The thing is to practice. If I would like to try drawing some realistic hair for example, then I would use gradation with several different pencils, but for this kind of drawing simple shapes, I think it does not matter which tool I use.
I just grab whatever I have beside me and practice.

Ok, below you may see my efforts.

Till the next time, Piotr


A starting point

Hi, this is my starting point.
It is a moment where I am now with my drawing skills.

From now on, I will be updating here my progress.
The goal is to draw better.
I am not setting up milestones like I want to draw perfectly after a year or so.

I think it is better for me to take smaller steps at a time.
The first thing is to get better with lines, figures and shadows, apart from drawing other things like persons, landscapes or etc.

I am going to do some exercises, and then some kind of a drawing, and again exercises and so on, till I will be at the point where I will be more confident with my skills.

Below are my works which are showing my current drawing level.