Hey, I got a fun idea for a new blog post from friend and fellow blogger yellowfuzzyduck at turtledesk blog. (She’s a studio art blogger and writer.). Last month yellowfuzzyduck published two different sketches of everyday objects, the first being objects on her desk (“Desk Study”), and the second being objects around the room (“Pink Study”). They are so fun! – I encourage you to take a look at her posts.
Well, I have to confess that last month I started a secret project to learn to draw. Over several days I made a series of sketches from small photos on Flickr (all under Creative Commons license.). yellowfuzzyduck’s work has inspired me to share some of mine with you. (I was planning on keeping my sketching a secret, but when I read her posts, I thought it would be fun to share my work, too.)
Here are a couple of examples – my sketch & the Flickr photo. (Full disclosure: I started each of my sketches with a rough tracing of the original. Kudos to you true artists out there!)
Have you ever done a project that was a big stretch? When you first try something, it feels immensely difficult. Your body doesn’t do the right thing, the result turns out more awful than you expected. It can be tempting to just give up.
But then . . . slowly, over time, and with practice, you start to get better at it. Your fingers-arm-legs-feet gradually start learning the physical motions they need to make. And your results start to look less awful.
I learned from this project that sketching is about seeing. They say, just draw what you see . . . and so is writing! – About what you see, that is . . .
Have you tried something new lately? How long will you try something before you give it up? What have you always wanted to do but felt like you’d never be successful at?