People always say, “it’s always the hardest to put down the first stroke.” or something like that. For me, it’s hard to put down every stroke, as I’m always second guessing myself, thinking I’m going to put down the wrong line, and generally not being confident about my drawing. Part of this is based on the fact that I draw in sketchbooks a lot and people look at them. They also judge them, and that scares me.
Fast forward…at sketchclub, there are many great artists, but there are some really exceptional ones too. It’s funny to see everyone’s sketchbook and tools of choice. When I first saw kendra and bretts, they were drawing on a clipboard with a pile of white printer paper. Inside I laughed, thinking, “who draw’s on a clipboard, and on copy paper?” But don’t kid yourself. These are amazing artists, so I dug deeper. Thinking why do they draw on white paper? Why not a sketchbook like everyone else? A few days later, I was looking at a box of printer paper at home, and was reminded of their choice to draw on simple printer paper. I grabbed 20 or so sheets and just stared at them. What draws these artists to draw on this shitty paper? So I grabbed the closest pencil, and just started drawing. At first it seemed the same, what’s the big deal? Seemed the same to me, then I made a mistake. I drew the wrong line, or shaded the wrong plane. Damn. I hate it when that happens, then I realized, I can throw this away. No one will ever see this mistake. It’s like it didn’t even happen. BAM, that’s why white paper is such a good choice for a sketchbook. It encourages growth. I began drawing like a mad man. I drew page after page, not even caring what the drawings looked like. I was experimenting with shapes, contours, and lighting that I had never before considered. I kept drawing, until I had filled up all the pages. ”Wow,” I thought, that’s the secret to drawing on copy paper. No fear. No insecurities, if I mess up, I don’t have to tear a page out of my sketchbook, or worry that everything I draw is supposed to be perfect. Anyways, I think it’s awesome that I’ve found a way to get over my fear of a blank page, and I wanted to thank the people who I initially misjudged. Copy paper rocks. Marcello says, “You have to love your sketchbook, make it your best friend.” I’m beginning to understand.
In other news, I’ve been drawing quite a bit. Here’s a photo to prove it. This stuff was drawn in the past week. Marcello, gave me an assignment, draw the silhouette in black, go over it in highlights. A simple lighting drawing. I was having trouble seeing the different values and assigning them accordingly, so he said, “sometimes you just need to limit the things your studying and focus.” This has helped dramatically, and I’m feeling more confident. Anyways. Have a gander. I’m going to try to pick a few of my favorite and re-work them.
also of note, I found this webpage. It’s pretty sweet and relates to the copy paper idea.