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I was constantly struggling to with coming up with illustrations that go with a text. But then I thought, why? The illustrations are there to break the block of text and to give your eye a place to linger. All it has to be is an illustration, any illustration.
So I decided to hand-write my letters and to use that as a place to practice drawing also. I love to draw from reference. Maybe that's all it has to be, you know? Over the past few years, I have been slowly getting myself to over-think less.
Also, I decided to color this one. I had held a poll: line art, line art with hatching, or line art with color? All three got around one third of the votes. So I am trying to see what happens if I try to punch up the art with color a bit.
Color! Oomph! Another problem to solve.THIS JUST IN!Marshall Vandruff is providing another short course, this time on Heinrich Kley.
I think he may be one of the best art teachers alive at the moment and I learned a lot each time I did a course with him. He's retiring soon, so if you are interested in that kind of thing, do consider grabbing this opportunity. It's rather affordable.
Check it out here:Marshall Vandruff on Heinrich Kley in May 2022
If you feel like drawing, then check out my favorite drawing exercises!
to warm up, slow down, get into the right meditative state, and improve your draftsmanship skills.
to help you improve creating underdrawings, place things in space, practice doing perspective by sight.
Practice drawing from memory to fill your visual bank, ability to memorize, ability to visualize, ability to draw what you see in your imagination and your ability to see what is wrong with your drawings.
If you find it hard to create or maintain a creative habit, you can find some habit-related tips here. Lastly, also make sure you have fun in your sketchbook after the hard practice!