Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board

April 08, 2019

pencil sketch of elderly man

When I was a young girl, I adored drawing. I would spend hours sketching, silently challenging myself to draw what I saw. At that time, it was purely for the pleasure of drawing; I hadn't considered the idea of doing anything professional with it yet. 

By the time I reached high school, I was challenging myself to draw images with photographic accuracy. I reached my goal and quickly became bored with pencils. I couldn't see drawing any other way at that time, so I left them for many years. Sadly, I don't have any of the drawings or photos of them to show you. They were casualties of my divorce.

I hadn't touched my pencils for a period of about 10 years after that. My pencils still held a special place in my heart, so I've kept them with me and have always felt I would come back to them with a more loose, sketchy style. That time is now. I'm really loving drawing with a loose, sketchy approach. It feels free and intuitive. 

This sketch is one of the first few I've done since picking up the pencils again. I'm mostly happy with it, I just feel it needs a bit more tonal value in some areas like the cheeks, nose and chin to make it really shine. Also, in some areas, I felt a little constricted, or like my strokes weren't fluid, so some of the lines don't look as natural as I would like them to. On the next attempt, I will try combining loose watercolour tones with gestural sketching overtop. Let's see how that turns out!

To see other drawings, paintings and studies of mine, visit my Original Art page.



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