So I bought 4 brand new HB pencils and drew batches of 4 self portrait sketches in 2 minutes each, each with its own pencil. These are the 41th through 44th sketch in today’s series of self portrait sketches.
Until now I needed around 30 minutes for a self portrait sketch. Someone suggested that 30 minutes should be more than enough for a full drawing. So I should bring back that time of 30 minutes for a sketch to around 10 s, and effectively draw 180 times faster.
Even speeding up from 30 to 2 minutes (15 times faster) didn’t work. It was much better than yesterday, but I couldn’t get in more than the outline of the head, plus some of the features.
It was a very painful experience, which I hated with a passion. Nevertheless, there is a real improvement, both in line quality and in how I see in 3D perspective.
Because this is such an important skill to have (to see things as 3D objects without thinking about it), I should keep practicing for a few days on my own portrait. I’m not sure if I’ll get a 180 times speed increase in drawing speed, but it should get somewhat better than it is now.
That is all.