I’ve had a piece of paper on my easel for a week. I knew I wouldn’t have time to start my class last week, but I went ahead and prepped everything so I would be ready this week. I can tell you, that piece of paper has been haunting me.
Before I get to why it haunted me, the image above is a picture of my sister. I created the costume and the wig for the photo shoot and took the image. I chose this image to draw because of her pose (it’s already a portrait crop) and because I think it’s beautiful. Plus I don’t want to waste time drawing the stranger in the course. If I’m going to invest time and energy into a pencil portrait I’m going to draw something (or someone) meaningful to me. That’s just how I roll.
So, the paper. Yes. Every time I saw it, l I would start having thoughts like:
- What if I can’t do this?
- What if my picture is horrible?
- What if the process is so hard that I give up?
- What if I share the process publicly on my blog and I can’t do it?
I finally decided to stop procrastinating and begin. I started my lessons on sighting, triangulating and blocking with Vitruvian Fine Art Studio, and I was actually encouraged. I can tell you that beginning a project helps mitigate feelings of fear and doubt!
In my recent lessons from Will Kemp’s Absolute Beginners Drawing Course I learned how to use a picture plane. I think this is the best thing I’ve learned so far! After sighting and triangulating the lines of the figure onto my page, I laid the picture plane over my work and was able to check it. I was surprised to see that many of my lines were actually accurate! Others needed to be adjusted slightly, so I re-sighted, or triangulated and then repeated the checking process. Obviously at this point of the process I’m not trying to create smooth or curved lines, just to get my subject roughly blocked in. And I’m happy with my results! No tracing involved!
I’m still a little nervous. I imagine getting the facial details will be a little more challenging, but I’m pleased with my progress so far. It’s not perfect, but it’s a start!