Learning to Draw 2019 – 3 months in

It’s been three months since I decided to learn to draw in order to be able to do more with free motion embroidery. As many of you spotted, once I started learning to draw the embroidery got rather left to the side. I haven’t forgotten it, but for now I’m happy to work on learning about and improving my drawing and, as it’s the close of the year, I’ve had a look back at  my progress.

I started by simply working on drawing what I saw rather than what I thought I saw. I drew this Fuschia in the first couple of weeks and it’s still one of my favourites.

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Next I focused on light and shadow. At this stage I was drawing a lot of leaves.

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Next I learned about vanishing points and one point and two point perspective. Although I recognised their importance I found working on it rather tedious, this showed when I looked back; I’d finished almost none of the pictures I’d started. 20191118_12205800

Moving on I had a short flirtation with faces…

Then I worked on drawing people; getting proportions right in different posses…

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I also intermittently worked on various texture exercises, attempting to draw better trees, rocks etc

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It’s been 96 days since I started learning to draw and I set myself the goal of sketching every day. I didn’t draw on about a week’s worth of days before Christmas and I took a week off over Christmas – all occasions were because I chose to put family first, which IMO is getting my priorities right. In that 96 days I’ve drawn 101 sketches or groups of sketches, which averages at more than 1 a day – so very happy with that.

Until next year!

Bekki x

4 thoughts on “Learning to Draw 2019 – 3 months in

  1. Is it really only 96 days? That’s amazing – it’s been great to watch your progress and I absolutely love those leaves. They just look nice and cripsy even on the page. Congratulations and looking forward to seeing where it takes you in the future.

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    1. Thank you, that’s very kind. And thank you for following my progress. Those leaves were definitely very crisp. Funny thing is I brought some green leaves into the house to dry out a couple of months ago and they’ve still not changed colour let alone gone crisp. I guess the trees pull all the moisture out of the ones they drop.
      I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes myself.
      Happy New Year! x

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