Drawn to Drawing


Part of the challenge that I’ve been working on (I’m sure you’re sick of me talking about it by now) has been to practice drawing again. Ideally, I would really like nothing more than to be able to take some of the pictures in my head and put them on paper,  but I’ve found that when I do, they have a tendency to be cartoonish, weird and basically nothing at all like what was in my head. I just don’t have the skills yet, but I’d like to keep trying to get them (did some imaginary person say I couldn’t do this? Ha! I’m doing it!…Poorly…).

When I was a young hermit around preschool age I used to draw a lot, and papered the walls of my room with piles of my work. I would proudly tell people at the time that I would be an artist when I grew up (I think this actually preceded my wanting to be a writer, since at the time I was still learning how to make letters, so it was the first way I knew of telling stories. I guess I approached writing in a very caveman-esque way…).

Being young, I was still learning the ropes of proper behavior, and one day, when I got upset at something, and in what I thought was true artistic form, I decided to throw a fit by myself in my room. I rampaged around tearing everything off the walls and ripping them into itty bits. That’s what artists did when they got mad, wasn’t it? I had seen it on TV so figured that’s what you were supposed to do. It seemed impressive, if a little short sighted, and I remember thinking about trying it before and always thinking better of it. But this time I got really worked up and thought, today is the day!


Although, I do remember hesitating over some of my favorites, I decided to really go for it, and everything became confetti. It wasn’t until I was mostly through that I realized the enormity of the destruction and how bad losing everything made me feel (my walls went from wallpapered with work to bare). I learned an important lesson that day. Things people do on TV might not be smart, and perhaps you should not use them as role models. I never did anything like that again, and wondered why people would bother doing something like that in the first place. Didn’t they know how dumb that was?


After this, I immediately set to work re-drawing my favorites, and that’s when I came across stumbling block number two: nothing looked as good as it did before. Forests of smiling trees looked menacing instead of jolly. Mama bears portrait had a strange lopsided look and repeated workings couldn’t capture the greatness I thought I had achieved in my first go round (granted, this was pre-school greatness, but I was a bit of a perfectionist even then, apparently). Defeated by myself, I gave up, and although I did some drawing from time to time, the fire in my belly was out.

Fast forward to now. I have a lot of time to make up and a lot to learn about how to draw. I figure step one of drawing is to try and draw things you see, so I look for pictures and things that look interesting, and then give it a go and see what I can do with it. One of the concepts I’ve been having trouble with so far is learning the importance of getting proportioning right, and that more than half of drawing (for me anyway) seems to be erasing everything you just did and then doing it again and again and again…

It’s worth all that erasing though. One of the coolest moments I’ve found is near the end of a piece, when you start filling out the details, and you can really see what the finished product might look like. Occasionally, it doesn’t look so bad, and that’s really pretty neat.

The best one I’ve managed so far is a picture I found in a comic (Gail Simone’s magnificently dark Clean Room) and although it bares little resemblance to the picture I found, I was actually a tiny bit proud with the result. So, just for the heck of it, here you go, something from my sketchbook:


Do you draw? Any tips for newbies you would like to share or books/websites that might be helpful? Anything you find particularly difficult? I’d love to know! 🙂


This weeks challenge er challenge update:

  • Blog post 24/52 – 28 to go…
  • Writing in the screenplay – Check!
  • Drawing – Check.
  • Feet writing & drawing – Check!

Until next time!


8 thoughts on “Drawn to Drawing

  1. Cool post! haha that story about not doing what they portray in tv is very relatable- while it may look like a good idea on tv, it’s obviously not advisable in real life 😉 It’s actually not advisable to destroy your work, even if you don’t like it, because it’s useful to study your own work to see where you’re going wrong and how to improve (and later on it’s good to see how you’ve progressed). As for drawing tips, I don’t know what I can say other than it just takes time and practice. There are a lot of drawing tips online and on youtube as well- though it does help to have a teacher at some point. Personally, I think an important starting point to learn are things like perspective. Hope that helps a little.

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  2. I just got back to drawing after a few years or not picking up my pencils too… No dramatic whirlwind of destruction for me, I just got reeeeeallllly put off by taking a course with a truly terrible teacher! What has worked for me this last little while is figuring out what I like to draw, and what I can draw, and focusing on those… When you’re happy with your work, I think it makes you more likely to keep going. Good luck!

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    • Yeah, you are totally right. I think that once I’ve done something that I think might actually be good it motivates me to try again. Right now I’ve been kind of concentrating on people and faces, not sure if that is really the greatest starting point, noses and hands are kind of hard! What kind of things do you like to draw?

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      • Would you be so surprised if I said monsters? 😆 Realism has never been my strong suit! I do an alright caricature as well, but the technical stuff like proportions and perspective scuppers me any time I try to do Serious Drawing. Everything looks like it’s been squashed!

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      • Lol. No, that makes a lot of sense! 🙂 I agree, Perspective and proportions are just so tricky! I do quite a lot of monster pics too, actually. They are are so much more forgiving. If you squash a head he just becomes a squashy head monster, completely normal in the monstrous realms! 🙂

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