This is my first post to WC but I've lurked here for quite some time. I have experience drawing/sketching throughout grade school and have been to Graphic Design college with a short class (6 weeks) on Illustration. I am coming back to art after a very long break of more than a decade. College was in 2000-2002. I did not make a career of Graphic Design, but still aspire toward a freelance career, even if part time. I won't bore people with personal details, but like a lot of other Creatives, life has thrown both tragedy and blessings upon my journey and things took a different turn for a while. I'm here to plant my feet firmly back on the path of my art journey!
I must apologize up front, as I began these lessons as a way to work up on the fundamentals again, not believing that I would actually post in the forums. I began the exercises and "How to draw" book to find my skills again and begin improving from there. I am a far cry from some of the amazing artists I've seen here on WC! but I would not consider myself a beginner either. Part of me felt like I may intrude on this class by posting above beginner skill level, as I'm well aware of feeling like my abilities fall short when comparing to artists of greater experience. So I've completed up through lesson 3 and about to begin lesson 4, now coming to realize that participating with this fine group and getting feedback and critiques will help me far and beyond just "practicing" on my own and shadowing the class. It may also show those that are just getting started, that these skills can be developed from any starting level and practice is really what it takes. If it were just talent, I would be producing work as if I'd never stopped
My challenge is not only returning to my former skill level and improving beyond limits, but to keep the ego in check, which I feel played a major role in my absence from the artistic journey. Sitting down and doing work worse than what I used to do is very frustrating and discouraging. It leaves me apprehensive about trying again
I've come to realize (with help from WC! artists writings on the subject) that it is this judging that stops the process completely! I can't find the joy, freedom and playfulness of creating while that little voice keeps judging the work before it even gets going, let alone completed!
My first post is not a challenge of subject matter, as much as a challenge to quiet the ego, find the joy and DO IT. It is finding a way back to my skill level through fundamentals, so I can work on becoming "better than I've ever been". And more specifically, I need to improve on overall speed and accuracy level, seeing and breaking down images to avoid repeatedly working and reworking areas as the drawing progresses and things become noticeably "off".
I will post each of the lessons one at a time and not proceed without approval, even though the actual work is done. I don't want to get ahead of myself any further and will rework anything deemed needing it before proceeding as well. Thank you for the opportunity to participate! I look forward to participating and receiving feedback from the WC community!