Sketches AKA practice makes perfect - Part 3
To keep practicing the ancient art of "reproducing what your eyes see on paper / stone tablet / parchment / screen / etc" I've been doing some more drawing studies, 'copying' two more everyday items one can find around the house.I think I'll keep doing this until I've drawn at least three more objects. After that the benefits of these less glamorous drawing studies should be acquired. Namely, an increased ability to deduce proportions from glancing at an object, to 'measure' distances, guage perspective and mimic lightning and shadows as I see them. What I can already notice after just 10 drawings like this is that I can draw faster and with more confidence. You could also say my own style is starting to emerge, as I'm no longer just trying to copy what I see, rather I interpret it and make it into something else.
I've started this blog series mainly to demonstrate that there's no substitute for practice. I don't think you can "cheat" in becoming a better sketch artist, you just have to make those miles. What I hope will become apparent if you watch my drawings in chronological order, is a more steady hand and a balanced drawing style. It shouldn't necessarily become more detailed, as sometimes it's better to leave them out especially when working on a small scale. Or to emphasize what's the most essential aspect of whatever it is that you're drawing.
Now, for this practive I've drawn a vase with decorative branches - "bloesemtakken" in dutch - and a scruffy looking sketch book (see the thumbnails in the middle column of this page). That last drawing is a bit messy, but trust me, that good ol' sketchbook I've been carrying around for 6/7 years kind of looks that way. Still, I figure the contour lines could've been more crisp and straight. The vase suffers a bit from the same problem, but here I don't mind that much. Eventually if I ever get around to actually producing comics/manga, I should trace and redo lines on the computer anyway. Or use ink? That'll be a challenge!
So that's it for today's practice, see you next time! :)