Tina Koyama just did a blog post about completing five years as a sketcher. It reminded me that I’ve been sketching for five years as well so I thought I should do a short post about that fact.
When I began as a sketcher I couldn’t draw anything. I’d read Danny Gregory’s Everyday Matters and bought into the idea that being good wasn’t important; the process of doing it was what was important. This was an important epiphany for me at the time because I’d been convinced that I had no “talent” for art.
These days I know that “talent” is something you create by passion and persistence; you’re not born with it. Anyway, I started drawing cubes and doing simple drawings of things. I started posting a few things on Russ Stutler’s sketching site, which is where I first ‘met’ Tina. At that time I was drawing on photocopy paper and throwing the results away when I was done. Someone on that group explained what a bad idea that was and that I should keep my early sketches.
I wish I had some of them to post here but instead I’ll post the first location sketch I did (Oct 2011), a window manikin (I figured she wouldn’t mind me sketching her) and one of my first building sketches (done in Oct 2011 from a photo). I’ll add to this the last location sketch I did just a few days ago. Hope you can see a difference as there have been several thousand sketches done in between these. With a bit more persistence, maybe I’ll improve by the end of year six. In any case, sketching has improved my life so much that it doesn’t really matter.