Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Studies/ Thumbnails + Watercolor

 A quote that kinda got me going the other day from How to Sketch with Watercolor:

"I'm a strong believer in practice and hard work as the means to achieving excellence in art. Listening to a lecture, reading books, buying the latest and greatest supplies, cleaning your studio, watching others give demonstrations, anything that doesn't include putting a pencil, pen or brush to paper yourself, doesn't help as much as sitting down and sketching, drawing or painting." -David R. Becker

I spend so much time reading about art, buying supplies and cleaning my studio. I have to spend more time actually doing it... I always find that for me, the most motivational quotes are a lot like Nike's JUST DO IT. Although I find if I get worked up and full of an almost aggressive determination, it's so hard to put that energy into something as passive as drawing. Maybe I need to do something like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54UL0xUt8-s XD

On the update.. I've been mucking around with some watercolour quite unsuccessfully, not totally sure yet if it was my fault or the paper.. probably both. I will have another go now that I'm back at home with my art supplies.

I really want to digitally shrink that last guy's eye.. but that defeats the purpose of a pencil sketch argh, digital is so much easier >.> I'm not sure if I will learn more by making mistakes in permanent inks or working on them until they are correct in digital format?

I think my direction for this week is just studying portraits so I can acquire a few more face and features types to draw and also take note of general similarities they have.

I'm gonna shut up now and JUST DO IT rawr!


  1. The birds don't translate well scanned. They're more brilliant straight from the pages of your sketch book.

    And I'm up for Art supplies, just say when n where ^^

  2. Aw thanks :3 but it's probably just my terrible lazy image/colour adjustments that killed the birds.

    Cool! Saturday or Sunday coming perhaps? It's open 9-5(Sat) and 10-4(Sun). Takes almost an hour each way though and it's 2 zones away. If you're still keen we'll organise it!

  3. water colours are a tough one... keep at it though! the results are amazing once you get your head around how the medium works. You're bound to make mistakes... but you don't have to keep making them. Learn and move forward! :D