Category Archives: Drawing

wk24 drawings

This week I finished a drawing that I have been continuing on and off for few weeks. It is an exercise for Udemy course The Ultimate Drawing Masterclass: Start Drawing Better Today. You can find my earlier pitiful attempts on my May 13th post about my progress on March . So this is a proof that Tuomas Tuimaala’s teachings work. It is still far from perfect (I really would need to find a source of patience and perserverance so that I could continue until I would be totally happy with a drawing, but at some point I get fed up and stop), but this still is quite huge improvement from my earlier attempts.

I drew some pictures again following instructions on Christopher Hart’s books and videos:

Then one drawing following instruction video on YouTube Channel Pencil Drawing

wk 23 drawings

I have tried to draw something every day this week, mostly following Christopher Harts YouTube videos for beginners. My photography is unfortunately pretty lousy 🙁

This one is from Christopher Hart’s book ‘Manga for the beginner – midnight monsters’

I tried drawing with Willow charcoal stick. It is even harder than with pencil.

Then practising drawing eyes.

second half of May – still practicing sometimes

Still practicing different things. I do not have very much time, and when I would have time, I have no energy to practice much, but anything is better than nothing, right?

I started redrawing the portrait in online drawing course ‘Muotokuva helposti’  Only outlines so far.

I though that portrait course was so good – as even I was almost able to follow the instructions 😉 – so I joined also his basics of drawing course ‘Piirtämisen perusteet

Here are some of the drawings I made when practicing different things on that course. There is a lot of need for improvement, so would really need to practice more. On the first one perspective is definitely somehow wacky. On the second the picture on the right hand side has been drawn normally, and the left hand side having the reference picture and my paper upside down. Presumably drawing things upside down might improve your drawings, but here definitely that is not the case.

I also did some random shading exercises and played with oil pastels

One very good resource – if you wish to draw more cartoon style pictures – is Christopher Hart. He has made several books, but he is also available in youtube:

Practice makes perfect, or does it? – February

Practising with my daughter, she has decided the subjects:

I decided also  to try to learn drawing with two different sites (in addition to youtube):

After some so and so practice, the next task was to draw Marilyn – here I prove very much my statement that I cannot draw anything, this is really pitiful

Other good sites (in Finnish) – same person teaching in them all

He uses classical realism methods, e.g. Bargue drawings

On the right hand side is a picture from book  Drawing Course by Charles Bargue  (&  Jean-Lén Gérôme ) and on the left side is my try to replicate it.

I can’t draw even a stickman

I’ve always said that I can’t draw even a stickman, and for decades haven’t even tried. A few months back my daughter finally convinced me to try to draw some manga character, and surprisingly they actually reminded the originals a bit.

After that, she still had asked me without success a few times to draw with her. This week I, for some weird reason, decided to start practice drawing a bit. I found some nice videos from youtube and followed along those. The results are not good by any standard (except when comparing to those stickmen I drew a long, long time ago), but I am pretty happy anyway.

I still cannot draw a stickman, but I think that if I just keep on practicing, I might someday be quite happy with my progress – and anyway when/if the drawing itself is fun, then who cares about how ‘perfect’ or ‘awful’ the pictures are.

This one was the first I watched:

And while watching I drew these:

Then I found a youtube channel Draw So Cute, where – like the name says – there are so cute drawings. I drew the following pictures along the lines described in videos. Of course, there is a lot of improvement needed, but still, for first efforts, I think those are not awfully lousy.

I hope that I will have time to practice. It seems that there are lots and lots ‘learn how to draw’ videos on YouTube, so teaching is available for many styles.