Thursday, September 20, 2007

Learning Something New

I decided I want to learn to draw. I used to draw when I was young, and don't really remember why I stopped.

treasurefield on Etsy reccomended the book "Drawing with Children" to me as a good beginning drawing book. I'm a little bumed because I got it on an interlibrary loan and so they won't let me renew it and I'm only about 1/3 the way through. Due today.

Anyhow, I wasn't very happy with the drawings I made as I worked on the exercises in the book, so last night I decided I'd break the 'rules' (or at least the suggestions in my book) and just draw something I was interested in. Sneaking over to my baby's crib, and using what I learned so far, I drew this:

Sleeping Baby
Sleeping Baby

I broke another guideline too. The book reccomends that beginners use a felt tiped pen to draw so they can't worry about fixing mistakes - they just have to keep drawing. But I used a pencil, and erased a lot before I was satisfed with how it looked. I would have quit before finishing if I couldn't erase, I think. It really is a great book though, I'm glad I did those exercises or else I wouldn't have been brave enough to even try drawing a person.

Maybe not the Mona Lisa, but for my first drawing that I did on my own, I'm proud of my little old self. I really like how the ear turned out.

2 comments:

April said...

Wow... that's really good! So sweet!!

Alpaca Granny said...

Hey, good job! I shy away from drawing people, including babies, because they are so hard. We have this mental picture of the personality and I can never capture that.