First Peek

First Scribbles of the New Era of Adam!

I’m doing this to get back in the habit of drawing daily. Ideally we’ll see improvement over time.

This is the disclaimer that I don’t have a scanner, and I tend to draw kind of lightly, so until I do, I take pictures with my phone and then email them to myself. I am perforce required to darken them somewhat so the flash doesn’t wash them out.

9202017 - armsketch

Cons: the hand is a little narrow through the palm, and a the fingers start too close to the wrist. Need more palm meat. Shading didn’t really capture the curvature of the scapula like I wanted, based on the reference drawing.  Upon close inspection, all of the lines are a liiiiiiiiiittle wobbly and hesitant – not as bold and sure as I need to be. Hand is a touch long in proportion to the arm, though I’m not sure if that means I drew the forearm too small or the hand too big.

Pros: I’m really happy with how the outline of the arm turned out. Most of the bone shading is acceptable, if not what I see in my head. Overall, I’m quite pleased given that I haven’t really drawn for the past six months, and that I only started teaching myself to draw about a year and a half ago.

Now, on to digital!


This is an ENTIRELY different feel. The feedback is different, the stylus responds differently than a pencil does, and on top of all that, you’ve got to learn how to adjust the settings so that they work for you.

Cons: I mean… you SEE the picture, right?
/sigh. I should’ve drawn the traditional image second so I’d end on a relatively high note.

Pros: …at least you can tell what I was trying to draw? I hope?
…it’s a person. I was drawing a person.

Oh, well.  Nowhere to go but up from here! See ya tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “First Peek

  1. An excellent start on both of these. Your traditional sketch definitely shows the practice you’ve been putting in. And you’re absolutely right about translating techniques to a digital medium; it’s a whole different ballgame, even if many of the base skills are the same.

    Something I see in both examples that will change as you become more comfortable is the unsteadiness of your lines. Note how there is a kind of wobbly, jerkiness to many of your lines; this is especially visible in the digital sketch. This is caused by hesitation while drawing; either pausing to check a reference or moving the stylus/pencil too slowly. I highly recommend, especially with a tablet, opening a new project and just taking time drawing lines; straight lines, curved lines, lines of varying thickness and pressure. Get to the point where you can reliably draw a line without any hesitation and it will drastically improve the visual presentation, particularly in a digital medium.


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