What I've learned so far

I've finished my drawing of a bubble, and I thought this is a good time to review what I've learned. I want to write about that once in a while so I can look back and see my progress clearly.

I should draw smaller images so I don't tire of the project too soon. I wasn't planning on doing the background in this drawing, but after a while I realised just how much of the background was showing through the bubble. I colored it all in so that the transparency of the bubble would be easier to make sense of.

I should be patient and keep going when I want to give up. I won't mess up the drawing nearly as much as I think I will, and even when I do, I learn from it. I did push this drawing farther than the last one, but I still have a long way to go when it comes to working all the way to a finished work.

I have improved when it comes to drawing with a light hand. I do still have a tendency to push harder and harder without realising, but I'm becoming more aware of it all the time.

I have started on a pink flower, and taking with me what I've learned: I keep checking my pressure on the pencil, and this time I won't fill the entire sheet of paper.


Learning to learn

When I started getting interested in colored pencil art, I looked online for artists and information. I soon realized that there were few artists here in Norway using colored pencils to produce photorealistic art, at least I don't see much of them online. I will investigate further...

Luckily there were other sources out there.

I want to pick up tips, tricks and techniques and learn as much as I can, but at the same time I'm being very stubborn about the whole thing and insisting (to myself) that I already know everything! The good thing about learning from online sources is that I can do it my way.

Sharpened Artist Academy

I joined the Sharpened Artist Academy, when they launched in May this year. They start with the very basics which is great, because you will learn everything there is to know without missing a thing. I felt like I didn't have to pay that much attention in the beginning, I do remember a lot of this from art school. :) Also, I want to print out all the written material, put it neatly in a folder and then do all the practical lessons in the correct order.

It feels more solid to me somehow, to have a physical sheet of paper in front of me, than to read it off the computer.  I have the same reason for not using a drawing tablet. I'd like to try it one day, but for now I want to use good old pencil and paper. (I wonder if future generations will feel that way, to me anything digital just feels so... abstract.)

Having said that, I do enjoy John Middick's teaching videos. They give an extra dimension to the lesson, as opposed to just reading and trying to learn from a book. It means that I have an actual teacher, I'm not having to struggle through this all on my own.

In the latest lesson I have been learning the basics of color matching and blending, so in the spirit of "I Know Everything Already!", I started a new drawing yesterday of a soap bubble, completely disregarding most of the good advice I have picked up!

Seems like my preferred way of learning is the hard way!

I am going to make a checklist of all the things I should consider before starting a new project. I just get so excited when I start something new, I don't want to think about boring, practical things!

In colored pencil art, it pays to be patient and plan ahead. Now if only I could remember that at the right moment...