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I love coming into this forum and looking at the work everyone produces. I've always loved art and illustration, but never tried to do anything myself. I guess I've just been intimidated, but collectively your work has inspired me so I'm going to learn. I got a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the brain because I wanted some kind of beginning framework. Other than random doodling in margins, I've never tried to draw anything. Any kind of help - advice, critiques, etc. - you guys can offer would be much appreciated. I don't have a specific goal other than just learning for my own enjoyment.
The first exercise in the book was to draw a self portrait as a benchmark, but I'll spare you that monstrosity. The second was to copy this Picasso portrait of Igor Stravinsky by drawing it upside down. The purpose of the exercise is to forget about the expectations of what the object is supposed to be and simply concentrate on the lines.
Here is the original:
And here is the first 7/8 of my copy.
Not amazing, but since this is the first drawing I've ever done, not terribly bad either. I'm not ready to start counterfeiting Picasso drawings quite yet, but at least you can tell the two have a relationship. The hardest part up to this point was trying not to think that I was drawing hands. I did the most erasing in that area.
And then this happened:
Oh, god. It's hideous. What happened to his head? I guess since I was drawing it upside down I really did forget about what it was supposed to be and instead concentrated on just the lines. But I don't think I was supposed to forget about the scale as well!
Overall though I'm just happy that I've started. Now to find two more drawings to copy upside down. Maybe I'll pick ones without heads.