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Old 12-14-2012, 07:28 AM   #1
 
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I can not. If you can, care to post pics of your work?
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Old 12-14-2012, 07:57 AM   #2
 
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I can't either. I really admire those who can.
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:18 AM   #3
 
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I'm a pretty good fashion illustrator.

Was phenomenal as a kid. But I haven't drawn anything seriously in about 10 years so my skills aren't as good.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:03 AM   #4
 
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No. I'm hopeless. Like Gretchen, I really admire those who can draw.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:07 AM   #5
 
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Not a lick. But my brother's can. How unfair is that?
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:10 AM   #6
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I can only draw something if I'm working from a picture... I can't just think something up and draw it. I also can't do still life pictures.

If you wanted me to draw a basket of fruit or the person sitting next to me, it'd look like a three-year-old drew it. But take a picture of that same fruit basket or person, and I'm good to go!
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #7
 
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I love to draw ( and paint and do oil pastels) I am better at doing animals, objects, or places, but I can not draw people. I just can't seem to get them right at all unless I make a stick figure and then they look at least like an attempt at making a person.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:42 AM   #8
 
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Drawing is one of those things where practice makes perfect. Sure there are some people that seem to just come out the womb with the ability to create amazing pictures, but being decent (or even great) at drawing is a totally attainable goal if you put in the time and effort.

Here's a tried and true book to get you started...

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
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One of my goals this year is to make some time for drawing everyday, even if it's a timed 20 min drawing that nobody else will ever see.
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^^^Very cool.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:42 AM   #10
 
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I have no examples of my work because it has been a very long tome since I have doodled. I did take courses in fashion illustration because it was something I had enjoyed since childhood. I was rather good at it.

Aside from that I do a few cartoon like characters. I can not do stills or actual portraits. I wish I could. I have friends and family that are so incredibly gifted at it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #11
 
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I can draw. I have some natural ability but it is really about practice. The book listed above is wonderful! I used to do pencil portraits years ago and am getting to start one as a Christmas present. Yes, I can say procrastination.

I have a degree in Fine Arts; however I have worked as an instructor as well. Before my last child arrived, I did one-on-one sessions. I really miss that. I can draw from photos or from life. People are intimidating to think about drawing but you have to remember everything is just shape, shadow and line, period. Grab some paper, a pencil and draw your own hands and feet in 3 different positions a day. Keep all the sketches and you'll see your improvement!

Also, set a timer! Do some 60 second sketches and move on to a new position. Do some longer ones.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you are learning to draw is that your drawings are not "precious". Erase them. Repeatedly. Toss them aside and start over. Everything being mostly good doesn't make up for a serious issue. That issue will effect the rest of the drawing - fix it or forget it and move on. I used to want everything to be PERFECT. Once I got over that, I really improved.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:32 AM   #12
 
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Yup. Drawing is really about lookong and I think those that are naturally observant are also better at drawing.
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Old 12-14-2012, 11:57 AM   #13
 
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I'm good enough to get compliments.

I have to say, I can't stand that book anymore. I've had too many teachers use it as a lesson plan, year after year. Just thinking about all those exercises makes me stabby.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:39 PM   #14
 
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I'm good enough to get compliments.

I have to say, I can't stand that book anymore. I've had too many teachers use it as a lesson plan, year after year. Just thinking about all those exercises makes me stabby.
As a lesson plan? WTF? I used it for myself and my own drawing when I couldn't go to classes. I always thought of it as a general guide for someone with no teacher. If I had a teacher I'd expect more individualized guidance, even in a class with many students.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:52 PM   #15
 
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I did a short stint in art school and yep the teachers used that book extensively. I hated....HATED the exercises.

I can't do landscapes, still lifes, or anything with shading....color either. Actually I think I could be good with color. But I'm best at drawing people.

For some reason I can't draw men, or buildings. My men look so feminine, it's sorta sad :/

The only experience with portraiture was as an adult in art class. I don't like it at all but I could produce crude, yet good portraits of people.

I like drawing with ballpoint pen the best, lol. Just line drawings. I actually hate looking at stuff and trying to draw it. I'd rather just sit and draw stuff from my head. My dad swears that none of my people look alike. He says all of them are different just like real folks.

And I can't do requests. It's like I get an instant mental block.

I need to draw more....my NP and therapist used to stay at me to do it more.


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Old 12-14-2012, 07:54 PM   #16
 
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Does magna doodle count?

Can you draw?-imageuploadedbycurltalk1355540087.677765.jpg
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Old 12-14-2012, 08:22 PM   #17
 
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I used to do it for a living but the economic crash took care of that - temporarily! I'm determined to find a way to do it full-time again.

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I'm good enough to get compliments.

I have to say, I can't stand that book anymore. I've had too many teachers use it as a lesson plan, year after year. Just thinking about all those exercises makes me stabby.
As a lesson plan? WTF? I used it for myself and my own drawing when I couldn't go to classes. I always thought of it as a general guide for someone with no teacher. If I had a teacher I'd expect more individualized guidance, even in a class with many students.
Yeah. If I ever have to do a blind contour drawing of a wadded up piece of paper or cabbage again I think I might lose it.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:19 PM   #19
 
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The most important thing to keep in mind when you are learning to draw is that your drawings are not "precious". Erase them. Repeatedly. Toss them aside and start over. Everything being mostly good doesn't make up for a serious issue. That issue will effect the rest of the drawing - fix it or forget it and move on. I used to want everything to be PERFECT. Once I got over that, I really improved.
The best advice I ever got from an art teacher was to cut up my work. He saw me fussing over this very detailed, photorealistic drawing I was doing. He was all, “Let it go!” I was horrified. A while later I gave in and did it and it was very liberating. That process changed the way I draw.

I am a graphic designer who does some illustration. I don't get much illustration work right now, but I'd like to change that. I like to draw using charcoal or on the computer, mostly.

My most recent project was a logo for a local animal rescue group. I do a lot of logo work.



This project was pro bono and I have no problem releasing the rights to it. But any other work I've done I would be unwilling to post here, because this website’s terms of use give the site’s owners the rights to any artwork or photos you post.
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i would say i'm not a natural drawer but i took a class here and the instructor was great. we did many drawings in class and it came kind of easy. she talked to us about keeping drawing/sketching type journals. made sense to me.

i've painted a lot (in class environments) and i do makeup so drawing feels like a natural extension of that. i don't really spend a lot of time doing it (so many other hobbies) but i think it's a fun thing and i think however somebody decides to express their thoughts/feelings whether writing, drawing, collages or any other form of art is really great. obvious professional artists are jewels since we are a visual culture. i appreciate people who love to create images.
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