Thoughts on my old sketches

2017 Sketches

“Every artist was first an amateur”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson. .

I am going to be posting a lot of sketches on my blog and not many “finished pieces” and i’ll explain why in a later post. For now here’s some sketches from 2017.

I lacked a certain structure to my face drawings and the proportions were all incorrect. This is a common problem when you first start drawing, the drawings resemble what you think a face looks like but don’t have the foundations to keep it all together.

A common mistake beginner artists make is focusing too much on the details of the face and forgetting to make sure if the facial features are placed correctly. These sketches were done by using real face references but without any of the details. The main focus was on the placement of facial features.

I also experimented with “style” a lot in my previous sketchbooks and rarely created realistic drawings. I struggled a lot with realism so i deviated from the traditional path of drawing and stuck to a more simplified style. In retrospect, i do not recommend doing this because drawing from life is crucial for developing proper foundations in which you can later add onto with your “style”.

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