Been getting called into work extra hours lately, so it's been difficult to find time for my art projects. Luckily, my job allows me to sketch in my notebook most of the time. Though I noticed something strange this past week. Every artist goes through it, but it seems strange nonetheless. There have been days recently when my drawings suddenly look a lot worse than they normally do. At first, I figured it was because I was trying to practice humans (human faces especially have always been difficult for me). So then I'd switch to ponies, and suddenly it's like I've forgotten how to draw ponies too! I've posted well over a hundred pony pictures online, and I've drawn hundreds more for practice, but it was as if my hands were telling me, "Nope! I dunno what this pencil thing is, much less how to use it!"
So eventually, I just powered through it. Figured I'd go back to basics, and one day I just started drawing a simple sketch of Twilight. Just the same picture over and over again. The first one looked like crap. The second one was a teeny bit better. The next one a little worse. Then the forth one was amazing and looked almost exactly like SmittyG's style (I seriously had to jump back and yell "holy shit!"). Gradually, I moved on to other characters and other poses. And eventually, I was confident enough to move onto my more creative ideas. (I usually start by sketching my ideas at work and then trying to recreate them on my tablet when I get home) Some of the more advanced sketches still looked awful, but others turned out surprisingly well, and it feels like I was able to get back into a groove with it.
Dunno why, but I just felt like sharing this. Anyway, sorry for the lack of updates. Hopefully, things will be settling down again next week.
5 years, 2 months ago
08 Aug 2013 05:07 CEST