I’ve been thinking a lot about new things I’d like to try in 2013. I love experimenting in Photoshop. Making videos has been a fun if at times frustrating experience. And I really need to try and push through the writer’s block and proceed with my John and Maggie fanfic. The last of those is pretty high on the list, because I hate to leave something unfinished. Plus I don’t want to let down the people who keep asking me about the next chapter.
There is something new I’d like to try this year, which I may turn out to be total crap at. However, I’ll at least be able to say I tried. Really, I think that’s what matters most. So here it is. I’m going to try and work my way through drawing tutorials. Eyes, nose, mouth, hair, shading, highlights…the whole shebang. Ultimately, my goal is that I’d like to be able to draw a passable portrait of Richard Armitage.
I always liked the idea of art class in school, although I never enjoyed the actual classes very much. I just couldn’t proceed at the pace my various teachers wanted. To this day I still wonder if I might have been any good if I could have just worked more slowly. The tutorials seem like a plausible way to accomplish this–no teacher standing over my back with an allotted time frame!
I’m going to invite you all along for the ride with me. I’ll share my attempts, no matter how horrendous, in hopes that I can document a noticeable improvement as I go along. If you happen to know of any great tutorials for beginners, please pass them along!
To kick things off, here is my first attempt at working my way through a tutorial for drawing an eye:
It is pretty laughable, but well, it is only my first attempt. Like how the iris isn’t even round? I’m looking forward to the day I can actually draw one that looks like Richard Armitage’s eye! Until then, I can look at his beautiful eye next to my not so beautiful drawing. 😉