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Toy Lion, part 3

10 May

After I made a rough sketch of a toy lion on an old tv set, I used a pencil brush and Indian ink to draw the outer edges and the wider lines and two pupils. The inner lines I made with a nib pen and Indian ink.

Toy Lion, part 3

After I scanned the image in gray scale (600 dpi), I converted the gray tones by selecting all the whites, turn those into pure white, invert selection, and turn that into pure black. This left me with a few unwanted splashes and spots of white and black, of which I removed the most obvious ones with either black and white, respectively.

It is rather an involved process, so I really should put more effort into getting the pencil sketch right. It seems that if you ink over a rough sketch, many things can go wrong. I guess I should use a cleaned up pencil sketch as a crutch in between until I’m confident enough with my inking tools.

That is all.

Toy Lion, take 2

13 Apr

I decided to have another go at drawing a toy lion I have. I once bought it for my cats, but they hardly look at it, unless I spray some catnip on it.

Toy Lion, take 2

If I compare this with my drawing of the same toy lion two months ago (February 17, Toy lion), which also took 15 minutes to make, I can see what a huge progression I have made in those 8 weeks.

To think that in the book I’m using to learn how to draw I haven’t read more than 10 of the 200+ pages. It can only mean I will get so much better. I guess this also applies to other people. If you just keep drawing, eventually you will get better at it, even if you’re a slow and stubborn learner like myself.

Perhaps I should apologize for not having drawn yesterday. I was just so tired and needed some R&R to recover. Drawing should be fun, never become routine or something you have to do (e.g. to keep your blog stats up high). I have to remember this is my personal blog and I can post as often or as seldom as I feel is appropriate.

That is all.

Toy lion

17 Feb

I was curious if my live drawing skills had improved over the days. And it seems they have somewhat.

Although, there were still things wrong with the contour drawing (which prevented my to make a full drawing), it is much better than what I did last week.

Toy lion 001

After I drew the contours of a toy plush lion, I took this photo to check my drawing.

Toy Lion 001 Photo

The problem was that I didn’t drew the line of the top of the couch. If I had done that, the drawing would have been much better. Next time, I should first put some foundation underneath my subject before I start sketching.

That is all.

Sketch of a toy robot

13 Feb

Yesterday, after I published my post about drawing the WowWee Tri-bot blind, I drew four additional blind drawings of the robot, this time from different perspectives.

WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 011 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 012 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 013 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 014

Then this morning, I decided to continue this exercise with two new blind drawings.

WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 015 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 016

After I made several blind drawings of robot poses, I decided to test if I’m already able to draw the robot in a sketch.

I was most concerned about the right proportions. That was what I was doing wrong until then, and why I was doing the blind drawings in the first place.

Sketch of a robot pose

Here is a photo of the same pose, to check if I did it right.

WowWee Tri-bot

Clearly, there is still a lot of work to be done. The proportions are much better than before, but the details and exact shape of the part are not very well defined –to put it diplomatically. Ah well, it is an improvement over earlier drawings I did of this toy robot, as you can judge for yourself below.

Sketching WowWee Tri-bot WowWee Tri-bot 002 Getting better at it Doing it the wrong way Stopped in Mid-air Sixth attempt at Tri-bot

It is clear to me that I’m slowly getting better at it, and that concentration is an essential part of drawing. You need to be obsessed with your subject to even have a slim chance of drawing it in the correct proportions and giving it the treatment it deserves. In other words, you need to be a drawing geek to be able to make a drawing that resembles the original.

The interesting part of drawing, and what still bugs me at this moment, is that the shapes and lines are highly dependent on each other. With that I mean that the whole drawing depends on how you draw your lines and where you draw then. Not only that, but when you come back to something you drew earlier in the same drawing, and compare it with your subject, you realize that you have to make it very clear what you draw at the moment you are drawing something from observation. So more than anything else, you must draw in such a way that it is always clear what you’ve drawn. If you don’t and are less precise at some point, you will get confused when you revisit parts of a drawing you drew earlier.

Drawing is not only communicating through visuals what you have observed, but also communicating to yourself while drawing, so you don’t  have to remember everything you’ve done before. Because if you have to go back in memory, you will get confused, because past and present get tangled up, and you start making things up, to compensate for a temporary loss of coherence. To produce a drawing that is clear to  others, you first need to learn to be clear to yourself, every step of the way.

No messy approximations, but clear statements in lines. That is the goal I’m trying to reach.

By the way, did you notice I started with the head, and that I had to correct the head shape as the last step? This prompted me to the statement that you need to draw with intent and high concentration at every point of the process. Never let your guard down, because you will regret it later on. Stay focused and relaxed.

That is all.

Sixth attempt at Tri-bot

1 Feb

Now I was thinking this drawing wasn’t any good, but I was mistaken. There are some good things in this drawing.

Sixth attempt at Tri-bot

Only I’m missing something here. While the sketches of the Tri-bot become more accurate with every version, they also become less spontaneous. I need to put more distance between me and the robot toy, otherwise I’ll become too technical and my artistry will suffer.

That is all.

Stopped in mid-air

1 Feb

So, this is my first drawing since I’m awake, and hopefully not my last. I stopped drawing once I realized the head is too large in comparison to the wheels.

Stopped in Mid-air

Getting the proportions right is hard. However, I got some insight from this drawing. When sketching the wheel on the left, I saw it formed in my mind before I drew it. I got a three-dimensional “flash of foresight” how it would look on paper before I drew it.

So, that is what this “holding in memory” is all about. I have to delve deeper into this. I know how to look and how to draw, but I still am having problems with the how to hold part. I think this is crucial. How do you hold what you’ve just seen into memory, and how do you translate that into drawing?

That is all.

Doing it the wrong way

30 Jan

It sometimes is very educational doing something the wrong way on purpose. You see why it is better to follow certain path, and avoid less successful paths.

In this drawing I started with the details around the waist of the robot and wanted to know how far I could go before I got stuck. It appeared to be only 20 minutes.

Doing it the wrong way

Was it a waste of time? No, certainly not. I saw some details I had never seen before, because I was so fixed on details. However, the total overview and connection between the parts was lost, so the drawing was a failure as an end result.

There is a right way to draw something. This wasn’t that way.

That is all.