I have completed my 100 portraits! I made these over the past month with the intentions to get comfortable and into the habit of drawing daily, and to practice and apply the content I’ve been learning in the Head Drawing for Beginners Course on @newmastersacademy .These are a collection of some that I drew, with the first being the most recent, working backwards to the last being the first I made.
I started drawing a few months ago, having essentially not drawn for most of my life. I believe from a very young age I developed the belief that I could never draw, and didn’t understand at the time that discomfort and failure is a part of the process - thus didn’t draw at all. Fast forward to the present: I started painting this year in April and fell in love with it. Over time I came to realise in order to make any kind of proper progress with my painting, I had to learn how to draw. Given my fear of doing so, it was difficult to face the insecurities, but I feel I am beginning to overcome them.
After having learned a few basics, I decided to subscribe to New Masters Academy late October. It is one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time!
Over the month, I learned how to draw heads and applied the knowledge to making my 100 portraits. I’ve seen improvements in my construction, creating forms and laying in of tones, and time with which I could put one together. The most recent ones took my 15mins each, which at the beginning I would have not been able to achieve at all. I still have plenty of learning and work to do - which is exciting!
7/12/19 I had to make a number of portraits with very limited time and wanted to try another new medium, so I decided to use a Tombow and Copic marker. These are a few of the drawings I made. They took 8-15mins each, with the Tombows being the fastest.
These mediums really force you to make each line be right and read well, which I clearly struggled with, and felt disheartened with what I made. I am more of a painter, as that is what I’ve had more experience with since I started making art months ago. However, I am determined to improve my draftsmanship, and mediums such as a Tombow, ballpoint and fountain pens will be another way to help push me in doing so.
Photo references from New Masters Academy image library.
The collection of twenty five portraits I made over the past week. I am now three quarters of the way through my hundred portraits in a month!
This week was a bit tougher, as I am feeling a bit burned out seeing and creating many portraits in a week. Besides these daily portrait drawings, I am concurrently doing a head drawing course, and portrait painting for the colour theory course - so I’m looking at heads essentially all day 😅 Despite the challenge, I am finding myself enjoying it more and more, and any bad drawing or painting I make is becoming less of a big deal - which is an important leap to begin making.
I worked on the same points I noticed I needed to last week. I still has issues with them all, but I did see at times some subtle improvements. In particular, I was able to keep all my drawings except for two to 20-30mins, which for being a slow drawer, feels like a small win.
One week and twenty five more portraits to go!
Photo references from @newmastersacademy image library.