Everyone has something in drawing that acts as a nemesis. Some people hate to draw eyes, lips, or hands; some people struggle to fully render a drawing.
I find that one of my biggest challenges is being left-handed, and not for the reason you think. Sure, dragging my hands through my work is always a risk, but it’s really defeated by working right to left.
No, my challenge is that I’ve always tilted my head to write or draw, because we live in a right-handed world. I curl my wrist funny (from all those years fighting with binder rings and, of course, not wanting to drag my hand through my work), and I tilt my head.
Why is this a challenge, you ask? Try writing or drawing on unlined paper with your head tilted. Let me know how it goes.
All right, I’m not going to quote anything verbatim, because this is all pretty general advice that a variety of artists will tell anyone. Plus, who knows where they got it from to begin with?
1) Fully render one part of the drawing at a time.
Kinda, sorta… if you want to. Rendering one section at a time makes the artist pay more attention to tedious details, and the overall view is less overwhelming. The downside is that there’s a lot of prep work, because you’ll need to make a reference value to make sure you don’t have different values in one area as opposed to another; plus, if you’re drawing freehand, you might have some trouble with proportions.
2) Always do the darkest areas first.
This helps with maintaining values. Cool; however, I personally like to do the lighter areas on skin first, because it’s easier to darken than to lighten, especially with charcoal. I also like drawing hair (often dark) last. It’s a matter of preference.
3) Take an art program.
You can… there’s nothing wrong with doing so, and taking a program will likely fast-track your progress. You could also save your money and study independently and practice practice practice.
“The wall to creativity” seems to be something that most artists can relate to, even if we all know that the end result often makes all the effort worthwhile.
I used to be horrible for finishing anything, from writing a short story to fully rendering a drawing. Sometimes it just takes a little kick in the ass to get a person moving.
Can you relate to these thoughts?
10) There’s a lot of detail in the clothes this person is wearing. Maybe I’ll just make everything a solid colour….
9) Why the hell does this person have such a weird eye (when, in actual fact, it’s only weird because you’ve been staring at it for twenty minutes and still can’t get it quite right)?
8) I’ll fix that later… (don’t give in to this thought! Fix it now).
7) Hmm, I wonder if I can just call this piece of work abstract.
6) If I just smudge this a little more… crap!
5) I wonder if I can get famous by painting a bunch of circles…
4) Should I try to integrate a new medium into this drawing?
3) Wow, I wish I could draw something like that (no matter how talented you are already)!
2) I’ll work on it tomorrow (work on it today!).
1) It looks pretty darn good. Is it good? Yeah, it’s good. I hope my client thinks it’s good…