Archive | August, 2009


24 Aug

I still had a cartoon that was drawn yesterday. For some reason I can’t find the inspiration to draw at this moment.


Ah well, I guess it will return if I keep trying.

That is all.

Drawing my cat, part 21

23 Aug

While my eyesight is slowly degrading because of aging, I decided to make a fast sketch of one of my cats, while she was lazily lying on the dining room table. I didn’t use my reading glasses, but kept it rough and imprecise on purpose, trying to capture what I saw instead of what I recognized. I wanted to capture the naive notion of seeing something, before we process it into something we put into a box, and say it is this or that. “Fresh eyes” it is called if I’m not mistaken.

Cats, part 21

Seeing the world with fresh eyes, without the baggage of knowledge can be so liberating. It frees us from preconception, from judgment on the basis of past experience, whether or not that experience is based on facts or on assumptions or even suggestions by others. Seeing past the symbols is perhaps the hardest thing you can ask of a human.

The question may rise how one should do such a thing. Well, it takes practice, of course, and dedication, naturally, but foremost it requires you to want to cast off your experience, especially your feelings, and dispassionately observe something, concentration of the form. Neither want it or dislike it, just do it.

That is all.

Gymnastics drawings

22 Aug

I wanted to use my experience of drawing animals to drawing people. Now you could argue that humans are a kind of animal, but there is a difference. We are very acute to notice “mistakes” in presenting humans in a drawing, because we have had a lifetime of observing the human body and what it can do. So the standard of excellence of the artist has to be higher if a human is drawn.

Gymnastics, part 1

Of course, artists are human being too. These drawings were tough to make, because of the unusual poses of the sportswomen.

Gymnastics, part 2

I can see I need a lot of practice before I’m able to draw such poses from direct observation instead of from a photo. I tried to use “through-lines” to setup the sketch, but saw myself going back to copying the photo, instead of using it as a reference.

That is all.

Rodeo horse sketch, part 4

21 Aug

I decided to draw with a chisel pointed pencil first, and put in the details with a pencil with a round point. This should give me a quick blob of shade with details added to it.

Rodeo horse sketch, part 4

The result is descent. I missed drawing all day, but preparing to program on the iPhone takes a lot of my free time away. Priorities, priorities. We simply can’t do everything in life, a day isn’t long enough.

That is all.

What 2 draw?

20 Aug

I had no idea what to draw next, so I drew this.

What 2 Draw

So what should I draw next?

More animal sketches

19 Aug

If you don’t have much time (for instance because you’re busy studying Objective-C and preparing yourself to start some iPhone programming), you should really set apart some time for things like drawing. If you don’t do that, you soon lose interest and the skill gets slowly lost over time. We don’t want that.

So whenever I have time and opportunity, I grab my sketchpad and start drawing. I’ve discovered it is best to have some audio in your ears, preferably an audio podcast, or an audio book, so your conscious mind is busy parsing that. The hard work (drawing) should be done by the “low-level” part of your brain anyway.

The problem if you judge your efforts too soon, you only see flaws and can’t see past the imperfections.

So, here are two life drawings of one of my cats, with a carpenter’s pencil and darkened afterwards on the computer.

Cats, part 19

Cats, part 20

Later on the day I made two sketches based on illustrations from the book The Art of Animal Drawing. Again, they aren’t great, but they are practice.

Horse Skeleton, part 4

Horse Skeleton, part 5

So there is a logic behind this madness. As long as you keep drawing with some effort of trying to improve, you will get better. It is all about taking on challenges that are just out of reach, but by trying to get nearer, you will improve. It is frustrating at times, but it is the only proven method I know of.

That is all.

Loosely sketched animals

18 Aug

Today I decided to make some loose sketches of animals, just to keep the fun level up. Drawing from construction is useful, but not as much fun (yet) as drawing from observation (or memory).

I started with sketching one of my cats, resting, but aware of my presence. The drawing is done with a carpenter’s pencil and darkened after scanning.

Cats, part 18

This horse was drawn from imagination, not with a particular photo or drawing in front of me. I used an ordinary B pencil, and darkened the sketch after scanning.

Horse, part 2

These two dogs are the same dog I drew from the cover of Ken Hultgren’s book The Art of Drawing Animals, with B pencil, darkened after scanning.

Dog, part 1Dog, part 2

All were fun drawing experiences, and that is important if you want to keep doing it. Because if it isn’t fun, why bother doing it over and over again?

That is all.