This week I started off by filling a 100-sheet newsprint pad with charcoal drawings. I partly did this to get video for a video I wanted to make, but I also wanted a break from the small notebook drawings I’d been doing. These drawings took about 10 hours over 4 days.
Drawing big feels really good and it’s something I want to get better at.
I did a mix of abstract, imaginative, and reference drawings. I just wanted to try to mix up a bunch of different things and get better at large charcoal drawings. I think I made some improvements. I didn’t feel like I learned any major, obvious lessons but I felt like I was getting better at shading and applying charcoal.
Also your brain can learn a lot of things without you realizing it. I definitely felt like this was going on. I was surprised by how much I liked some of the drawings even though I didn’t feel like I made any major leaps in skill.
On the other hand, I noticed that I was having a lot of trouble with proportion again. I think this is partly due to the angle I’m drawing on. I have the pad flat on a table and it’s hard to get a straight view on such a large pad to check your proportions. When you’re always viewing it from an angle it seems easy for things to get skewed.
After the charcoal drawings I did a few drawings in the figure drawing notebook I’m working on but I didn’t spend a lot of time on that this week.
Finally I set up some abstract watercolor paintings by using masking fluid and doing a wash. I started drawing the white space in with ballpoint but only got through 7 of 12 of the paintings. I’ll finish those off next week.
Next week I want to shift focus from figure drawing to perspective drawing. I think I have weaknesses there that I need to deal with in order to progress with the constructive figure drawing.
I’m also going to start talking about the YouTube channel and website aspects of this project. That gets a little meta but I think it’s interesting and it’s actually a core part of my strategy to learn as an artist and eventually be able to make money off it. I ramble a bit about this in the video.
For now, I think one of the biggest things I’ve learned is how strange and awkward the act of making videos on your own can be. It’s given me a completely different outlook on YouTube and the content creators that support it.