I have been doing some pencil sketches while waiting to pick up the kids from school for about a month. I use random images from the internet as inspiration and have mostly been working on getting proportions and symmetry right. I still feel like I am a long way from where I want to be, but I can see my progress, and I am also finding a style that I like.
Below are a few samples of some of the pencil sketches in a lined journal. While it’s not typical to draw in on lined pages, I find that the lines really help me with placement. Especially while I am learning. It works much like the big chief tablets.
As I get more comfortable with placement, I am gaining confidence. Most of the sketches are drawn in less than thirty minutes and they don’t always get completed, but the process is definitely helping.
I came across a new video from Tamara LaPorte of Willowing Arts. I am a long time follower and admirer of her amazing work. Read: I quietly lurk on her website and other social media sites. I adore her work, but have never felt I was ready to even consider trying it myself.
Today was different. I cannot explain what was different about today, I just saw some of the sample images and found myself clicking on the link. I listened to Tamara talk about the process of feeling feelings and acknowledging the feelings. I sat and watched. I watched all the way to the part where she began sketching the face and suddenly I found myself clicking on pause and searching for my art journal. I found it. I knocked the dust off of the cover. *cough cough* Wow, that’s been sitting on the shelf for a while! I turned to a page that had a prepped background and grabbed my sketch supplies and rushed back to the computer. I sketched. I paused. I sketched. I paused. erase erase erase I sketched. I paused. This went on for a while, and then I had made it to this point.
It’s a face! It really looks like I face. It’s not perfect. I can see some things that I don’t like. I can see things I would like to change, but it looks like a face. Squee!!
After admiring my progress, picking the kids up from school, and making dinner… ya know, real life stuff, I headed to the craft table (aka: dining room table) and grabbed a few more supplies on the way. With water, acrylic paint, some spray mists, gesso, a white gel pen, a sharpie, and a paintbrush, I was ready to dive in again. I followed the video through the end of part one and then on to part two. I paused and clicked rewind often, and worked until it was what I liked. There was drying time in between layers. This is an updated image of the progress. It’s come a long way and has had quite a bit of layers of paint added to it. Including a few layers that covered some of the mistakes.
One thing that I noticed is that I was not able to shade like I wanted, so I definitely need to practice shading. I am also regretting the stark contrast of tracing over the lines with the heavy tipped sharpie. I am so happy that I took the plunge and just tried it. While there is still room for improvement, I learned from this experience and I gained a bit of confidence along the way. I encourage anyone that is on the fence about sketching, or any art for that matter, to just do it. I did and now I am kicking myself for holding back for so long. Go get your art on!!