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:
Till next time, Piotr
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’ 🙂
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.
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.
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
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