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WowWee Tri-bot drawing

10 May

This drawing started as a sketch of a pose of my WowWee Tri-bot toy robot. After I had inked this pencil sketch with a Micron, I scanned it, and changed it considerably in an image editor. I also filled it with color.

WowWee Tri-Bot

It is a very rough sketch, but the proportions are more or less correct.

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.

Drawing WowWee Tri-bot blind

12 Feb

I thought a difficult to draw shape would be good to sharpen my blind drawing skills. I have this toy robot, called Tri-bot, made by WowWee. I can put his arms and body in all kinds of positions, which makes him a kind of mannequin for drawing.

I gave myself 10 chances to draw, and needed 35 minutes to do it (3.5 minutes per outline). Here are the drawings, 1 through 10.

WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 001 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 002 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 003 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 004 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 005 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 006 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 007 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 008 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 009 WowWee Tri-bot blind drawing 010

Here is a snapshot of the pose I took after I was done drawing.

WowWee Tri-bot photo

Strangely enough, the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. Only, it is a lot of work to do it, and a bit monotonous. However, I didn’t really notice that, because sketching the outline was taking all my concentration, so I had no time to think such thoughts.

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.

Getting better at it

27 Jan

It seems that three times really is a charm, because the third attempt of drawing WowWee’s toy robot Tri-bot is the best attempt, even though it was just a sketch of 25 minutes.

Getting better at it

Still, I caught myself at peeking too much at my drawing and too little at the subject. This bad habit is still withholding me from progressing. In the book “Keys to Drawing” by Bert Dodson, I’m still only at project 1 out of 48.

Perhaps it’s frustrating, but my guess is that if I keep challenging myself, eventually, I will be able to draw what I see or imagine with my mind’s eye.

Still a long way to go, but small jolts of improvement keep me motivated to continue.

If I think back all those years ago when I was drawing and painting under the guidance of an art teacher, I see something has changed since that time. In those days I couldn’t get myself motivated enough to draw and redraw the same subject over and over again. It was just too frustrating to me that I couldn’t get lines on paper the way I wanted.

Now I have learned this steep learning curve is normal. It is perhaps even necessary, that you first suck at drawing. It is a hurdle you must overcome. The harder it is, the more you keep doing it, because once you stop, all that effort you put into it goes to waste.

Furthermore, a teacher can only guide you. You have to do most of the work yourself. The work is that of directly translating what you see on paper, without thinking much about it, other than what might help you to find new ways to put it on paper. It is the self-discipline of keeping those judgmental thoughts and feelings at bay long enough for you to finish your drawing. When you’re done, you can laugh and mock all you want, because by then the artistic work is already recorded on paper or as bits and bytes in an image file.

Oh boy, that sketch is so “b-ugly”.

That is all.