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I admire anyone willing to draw a self portrait, I find this impossible to do. I have done these exercises as well, found them extremely useful. I purchased a small drawing skull from an art store which I found helpful to improve portrait drawing.
SusanApril 6, 2021 at 12:10 pm #1340292
Thanks for the encouragement Susan. I’m pretty rotten at them too really – I cheated a bit with that one and got the vague outline with a lightbox and tracing over a photograph – it’s a total wimp’s way out! I had to do it a couple of times and even then I wasn’t happy with it. I will have another go again using some more solid drawing principles this time around. Maybe the Fialetti plates would help me!?
Thanks for your comments about moving house – yes it’s been very disruptive actually and we’ll be moving again in a month or two but then we should be settled and have space. I’ve got another 3 or 4 days’ progress to photograph which makes about 10 days left of the challenge for me – so hopefully that will be done by the time we move 🙂
David.April 14, 2021 at 9:02 pm #1362035SuCVParticipant
Don’t give up now, you are so close to the end of your challenge. I find copying very useful, I trace over lines from photos / other drawings to get a feel for the line. Do you every try drawing larger? It seems most of your sketches are in a sketch book. If you can, pick up a pad of newsprint (very cheap and my personal favourite to draw on, as it is very smooth surface) I think it will help with your figure drawings, as you will be able to get a bit looser. I also notice that you are doing mostly lessons, I think I slowed myself down by focusing too much on the lessons and not applying them more to practice. This is just something I noticed, when I started drawing more and trying to learn less, things went quicker. I think you have to evaluate if something is working more closely if you push yourself to draw something to some sort of completion. I like to draw my breakfast, toast and coffee is a great subject. Anyway, nice to see how much you have completed. Keep going.
SusanApril 15, 2021 at 12:40 pm #1362955
Thanks for all the great suggestions, Susan! Yes, this is mostly work from the lessons. Will have to get more original!
On the paper size I am extremely limited in size at the moment due to house moves and living in a tiny London flat with a ton of stuff! I have a couple of large pads including newsprint, but they are in storage right now. I’m looking forward to the final move in a month or so when I can decompress and set up a proper studio. Large fluid strokes are coming one day!
I haven’t given up by any means. I don’t post every day as I tend to batch up my work and photograph several days in a row. I’m on Day 92 now so only 9 days to go. Will post my progress after the weekend.
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