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Learning how to draw

 I can’t draw. I’ve never been able to. Yet, for some reason, I decided to give it a serious try, buy a book to guide me in that journey (listening to an advice from pippin, yeah I know, crazy). The first step was, like a pilgrim walking to a sacred place, to go and buy some art supplies, which turned out to be a really enjoyable experience.

The first thing you have to do is a snapshot of your skills before reading more of the book to be able to do a “before/after” comparison. I thought it was quite hard, but was surprised that the result was all right, by my low standards anyway. You have to do 3 drawings: a self-portrait, looking at yourself in a mirror, a person/character drawn from memory without a visual help and your hand.

The next exercise is there to make you realize that you’ll have to forget everything you know and re-learn how to see to draw. It’s about copying drawings upside down, copying it curve by curve without associating any meaning to what you are doing. The result is quite surprising as you can see on the left. Now it’s a matter to learn how to do that without resorting to the upside down trick.

It’s only the beginning of a long journey, so many things can go wrong, but worth giving it a try!

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  1. Neil Roberts
    June 3rd, 2010 at 22:11 | #1

    Dunno what’s happening to the office – first the designers start writing programs and now the programmers are doing the drawings! Looks good though.

  2. Jussi Kukkonen
    June 9th, 2010 at 18:35 | #2

    Neil, the end is near, all signs point to that.

  3. June 13th, 2010 at 15:57 | #3

    Nice! :)

  4. mum
    September 15th, 2010 at 15:01 | #4

    Bravo! mais ….j’attends toujours le deuxième dessin…pour être encore plus admirative!

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