January 1 Tlingit Art Daily Sketch shadedIf you’re like me, you won’t be able to leave a drawing feeling like it’s still unfinished, even if it is just a sketch for daily practice. That’s what happened this morning when I pulled out my trusty sketch book and glanced at yesterday’s sketch, the first of the year — part of my New Year’s resolution to sketch daily, even if they’re very rough sketches.
In yesterday’s sketch, I had shaded a few of the darkest areas but left the rest unfinished. Today, I went through and shaded the rest of the design. This is what I came up with:
I’m nowhere near where I want to be in terms of doing realistic shading. I noticed right off the bat that my light sources are coming from different sources. But hey, practice, not perfection, right?
That’s the purpose of daily sketches, to continually improve, as well as have a collection of images to develop into something better.
Last year, I took a class from Norm Campbell at the local University of Alaska – Beginning Drawing. My ego was telling me I’d look foolish, being a 60+ year old student taking a Beginning Drawing class!
I was glad that I let my desire to learn and improve override my pride. Norm Campbell is not only a great artist, he’s a great instructor! However, I didn’t follow one of his most important suggestions: draw every day. Hence, you can see the difference in the sketches I’m starting to do, and the quality of the drawings I was producing for assignments. Here’s the link to my other site, where I posted about this in “Lifelong Learning.”
So it is important not to get too down on yourself, or tell yourself that you’re just not good at art. It is a DISCIPLINE and we get better over time. Are you practicing daily?
Here’s the sketch I did for today’s practice: