Drawing from life can be challenging.
It's because you're drawing a 3D object on to a 2D surface. Your mind will start playing tricks on you.
Well, remember Joachim (the self-proclaimed non-artist, who started his very first sketch two weeks ago)? He was so motivated that he bought his very own sketchbook and took on the task to draw a model Mini Cooper the other night.
At the beginning I heard: "Oh this is horrible." He sketched for about 10 minutes and left it at this:
2nd try - this time with some coaching.
Tonight, he wanted to try sketching again, so I gave hime some things to look out for. He became more optimistic. Most of the time he worked on it by himself and I would check up on him once in a while.
Me: "Are you seeing the shapes?"
J: "Yes, it's awesome."
Me: "Why is it awesome?"
J: "Because it looks like a car now."
Remember...he was the guy who said: "Erasers are for wimps!"
Well, tonight he and the eraser became BFFs.
Tips that helped Joachim with drawing from life:
- Make the 3D into 2D - flatten out the shape so you can measure it.
- Draw the big shape first (outline and general angles of the shape.) This avoids frustration because you have the big picture.
- Then draw the smaller shapes.
- Measure. Measure. Measure. Measurements don't lie. Your brain does.
- Use a pencil. Use an eraser :)
I've been getting good feedback from people telling me that they've started sketching because they saw Joachim do it. His experience gave them the courage to start. Yay for them!
A woman told me that her first sketch wasn't that great, but that she could tell that she improved with her third one. That was so great to hear. Not just that she improved, but that sketching gave her such enjoyment that she would want to do it again and again.
It became a time for herself and she doesn't know why she didn't start this sooner. She won't show her sketches to me and that's totally ok. Just as long as she's having a good time with it and she keeps on going.
People have been texting me their sketches or just tell me that they are doing it (without showing me.) Either way, I love it!! The idea that they are trying this out on their own makes me very happy.
We also started to do some quick life drawing at the Orange Door and it was a good experience for everyone. Challenging, but good!!
Drawing from life is a cool tool to have. You'll train your eye to make a 3D image into a 2D shape, so that you can put that down on paper. Remember, turn off your brain and rely on objective measurements. Use the utensil you have in your hand to confirm what you're actually seeing. Draw what you see and not what you "think" you see!
Try drawing an object in your home. Let me know how it goes or send me an email and let me know what your biggest challenge was - micbstudio (at) gmail (dot) com
I would love to hear from you !!