In this last semester, I’ve ventured a bit more into using watercolors in more casual paintings, but what struck me most was how many people I’ve been drawing. This quarter I've experimented with online drawing tools,
experimented with a (slightly) more realistic style,
tried sharpie and watercolor chibi portraits,
attempted some larger sidewalk pieces,
tried my hand at a watercolor portrait,
and, last but not least, looked into steampunk.
...I didn’t realize this pattern I was falling into until this past week. Apparently I really like people. Or, rather, I like drawing people; I’d rather plan out a portrait than go to a party most any day. Nice, happy, dynamic people do make such nice subjects for paintings. No, no landscapes or still lifes, please. Let’s keep to humans.
Of course, there are outliers. In this case, it was a qilin, a chinese unicorn.
As I’ve said before, the “exploring your interests” has been wonderful. Something as simple as getting to pick what I’m drawing gives me a great feeling. Of course, that feeling disappears for the twenty minutes I spend banging my head into the wall while trying to figure out what I should draw, but during the research and drawing processes, I’m quite satisfied with the system.
I have to say, I feel like I learn a lot about clothes doing these drawings. Not just things like “pinstripes and bowler hats fit with steampunk” either. When you have to visualize a piece of clothing and get it down on paper, you start raising whole new questions. “Why are there two different styles of skirts for ballerinas?”, “How does a cloak’s hood fall and what on earth does a cloak clasp look like?”, “How does a boot look when you twist your foot at this odd angle?”, “What’s the best way to show a leatherwork?”
Seriously, you never really think about the eccentricities of clothes until you have to draw them.
I have to confess though, my chronic condition of spending way too much time on my weekly drawings has only gotten worse this last quarter. Where last quarter I could expect about an hour of work per drawing, this quarter I’ve found myself spending about half an hour just on the research portion of the assignment, and a minimum of an hour and a half on the drawings. I think it’s because I know I probably won’t come back to finish any old pieces, so I don’t want to be done working until I feel I’ve reached a decent stopping point.
My busy schedule and end of term assignments in other classes love it, I promise. :P