Growth, but still a long way to go

I continue to practice drawing portraits.  Finding myself drawn to the human face, I see it as endlessly fascinating!  Ultimately, I want to create expressive drawings and paintings, but I also long to simply and accurately capture the essence of a face.  Usually I use a reference for my drawings, but the first one below came directly from the act of drawing.  I enjoyed watching the image develop without any preconceived ideas of who I was drawing.

March 10, 2016

March 10, 2016

 

The rest of the images are from references.  I quite like some, although they don’t come close to representing the actual faces I was trying to draw.  The one directly below has a lot of character which I love.  I also am continuing to try to draw more birds, animals, and elements from nature.

March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

March 12, 2016

March 12, 2016

March 13, 2016

March 13, 2016

March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016

I like the simplicity of this pen drawing above.  Very stylized, but fun.

March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016

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I continue to try and draw a self portrait.  Here is today’s attempt.  The face is too narrow and pinched.  Maybe that is how I feel!  I would really like to be able to get a likeness.  It is hard to look in a mirror and draw because I keep moving, and that doesn’t help.  Trying to get the relationships right is tough. I really admire people who can create a quick sketch that accurately captures a face so that it is instantly recognizable.  I am learning that the slightest mistake can throw it completely off.  I appreciate any suggestions on how to improve!

Catching Up

Drawing every day, I have not only been learning how to draw better, but I have also been learning a bit about myself.

February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2016

February 13, 2016 

In the past, I have only created art when I felt like it.  I had to be in the mood to draw, or paint, or do one of the many crafts I enjoy.  I had, and still have, a lot of resistance to the act of creating.  This is mostly due to my fears and judgement of the potential outcome of any creative project.  Will it be good enough for the time I spent on it?  How will it compare to other artist’s work?  Will it look childish and awkward?  Well, very often, my drawings and paintings do not look as I had in mind when I started the piece and I am frequently disappointed in the outcome.

The point, I have discovered, is that I need to make myself draw anyway.  It is obvious in my mind that is the only way I will improve, but, my anxiety often keeps me from actually putting pen, pencil, or paint to paper.  By making this commitment to myself to draw every day and to post on Instagram, and here on my blog, I am forced to draw sometimes when I am tired, when I am distracted by life, when I just don’t feel much like drawing.  Most the time though, once I begin the drawing, I lose myself in the lines, the shape, the form of whatever I am drawing at the moment.  My daily drawing becomes a meditation in seeing – a practice, not a product.

February 14, 2016

February 14, 2016

February 15, 2016

February 15, 2016

February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

February 17, 2016

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February 18, 2016

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February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016

February 20, 2016

February 20, 2016

Like most things in life, it is the tiny little acts we do each day that make the most difference, not larger gestures.  Each drawing is a tiny step forward in my journey as an artist and in my soul journey as well.  That thought helps me to stay committed to this practice.