This is the first weekly progress report of my progress as I learn to draw and paint. I'm starting from 0 because I wanted to have an official starting point. For week 0 I'm showing everything I've done up to this point, which has been a little over 2 weeks. This sort of establishes a baseline of my (lack of) skill at the beginning. I wanted to give it some time before committing so I could make sure this was something I enjoyed enough. I’ve been enjoying it so here we go.
My hope for sharing my progress as I go is that it'll serve as inspiration and maybe a little bit of a guide to others who have wanted to draw or paint but feel overwhelmed from the beginning.
For the first week or so I was mostly just doodling and trying different pens, pencils, markers, paper, and paints. I had a lot of this stuff laying around because over the years I’ve told myself I’d learn to draw or paint, bought the supplies, and proceeded to never touch them.
To start some actual learning and practice I watched some how-to and inspirational videos. I wen’t through a good chunk of the free Ctrl Paint library. I also started watching some old Scott Robertson DVDs which he did for Gnomon School. I’ve had a couple on perspective and a couple on rendering for about 10 or 12 years. They don’t make those DVDs anymore but I figure they’re pretty close to his two books on those subjects (How to Draw | How to Render). I also picked up a book on pen and ink drawing since that seems to be the medium I’m gravitating to the most. The book is appropriately named Pen and Ink Drawing.
From all of this I’ve started doing some very basic exercises. I’m doing a lot of aimless line and circle drawing just to get my whole arm used to making those shapes and because I find it relaxing. I’ve been practicing a lot of crosshatching and shading with a pen. I’ve also practiced a little perspective and life drawing.
For inspiration I’ve been watching Peter Draws channel and some Feng Zhu videos on YouTube. The video where Peter paints with some watercolor and inks over it I found really interesting and tried to do something like that myself. I was struggling with watercolors so I watched some videos on Teoh Yi Chie’s channel.
I made a video covering some of this which you can see above. There’s also a photo album of all my drawings for 3/27/17, when I first started, through 4/11/17.