I’m back after the first official week to report on my drawing progress. This week I continued spending a lot of time doing basic arm exercises, just drawing lines, circles, and curves. During these warmups I started playing around with compositional variation for the fun of it.
I also spent some time doing careful and gestural life drawing and continued playing around with watercolors. I set up some flowers in a vase and drew that several times, finally painting it in watercolor.
Something I learned while doing life drawings is just how much the time you put into a drawing matters. Things tend to look really bad at first and it’ll make you want to stop, but it seems like if you just push through and keep adding detail things will get better. This makes me think that a huge part of making art that looks good is actually developing your patience.
My abstract watercolor paintings still aren’t quite coming out how I’d want them to. I’m looking for more organic shapes and forms that I can build off. Next week I plan on experimenting with this more. I want to try some variation in technique as well as practicing drawing organic shapes like rocks and trees.
I finished watching sections 1-7 and 18-19 of the free Ctrl Paint library. I still need to go through and try most of the exercises. I don’t plan on doing anything digitally for a while, so I’m done with those tutorials for the time being. They’re one of the best free resources I’ve found, so I highly recommend checking them out if you also want to learn.
I also read Art & Fear which you can find my review of here.