Okay. So you know those weight-loss websites where the overweight person posts pictures of themselves every day so you can see their progress? Some of these folks, especially the lucky, focused, wise ones, actually become slender and muscular, which is badass (no matter how any-size-positive you are). I plan to do something similar.
I have determined for myself a mission, and that mission is to LEARN HOW TO DRAW.
I’m starting with people figures, but I’m totally interested in learning about structures, angles, perspectives, and shading, and colors, and all of the entire nine yards. I want a baker’s dozen of nine yards.
And like any person with a new hobby AND a Barnes and Noble gift card, I bought a book to help me. It’s called Drawing For The Absolute Beginner: A clear and easy guide to successful drawing. It’s by Mark and Mary Willenbrink. Well, Mark and Mary–you’re ON. I’m an absolute beginner (that’s me!), and I’ve decided that by “successful drawing”, you mean the kind where I make millions of dollars for casually drawing on a napkin at Denny’s.
I’ll be drawing on my computer using different pieces of software and techniques, and I’ll be drawing on newsprint and drawing paper as well. My darling Juanster gifted me with a variety pack of artist’s pencils, so I’ll be drawing in a ton of different mediums and experimenting with all sorts of stuff.
The chapter I read today talked about drawing guidelines to establish proportions in the body and the face, so I drew a woman.
Not just any woman. I made her blonde and gave her a nice rack so I would appeal to my woman-loving readership:
Pretty soon, this page will be like those weight-loss picture galleries. Only instead of watching my waist whittle and my arms grow rock hard and supple, you’ll be watching my drawing slowly, slowly, slowly improve. One day I’ll have graduated from awkward looking woman-people to magnificent vistas with stuff like fog and dragons in them.
It’ll be GLORIOUS.
Keep checking back to see what I get up to in here.
Oooh, ooh! I got up to something!
Here I tried out that technique where you draw a picture upside down; this was a whole new experience, I tell you what.
Here’s another picture that I drew upside down:
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here, have an orphaned child by lamplight: