I’m not really sure what the best way to go about learning to draw is. I’m positive that most people I would as would just say “Just draw a lot, every day!” which makes sense, but that’s just not me. I’m not really the kind of person that does something before I know how. I have to walk before I can run. And I have to have an idea of how to walk before I can walk, too.
Anyways, I decided that I’d try Betty Edwards’ Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain which is pretty well reviewed on Amazon.com. Most of the people seem to agree that it’s a good place to start if you don’t know how to draw, which is pretty much me. I’ve tried to get through this book a couple of times before, so I have a definite idea of what’s in it, but I’ve never actually put it into practice, so I guess we’ll see what happens…
I understand that Kimon Nikolaides The Natural Way to Draw: A Working Plan for Art Study is the book for learning how to draw, but I also understand that you’re supposed to spend 3 hours a day practicing the exercises. And I also understand that I have to know how to walk before I’m willing to start training for a freaking marathon!
Anyways, this is a self-portrait that I drew at the behest of Betty Edwards in this youtube version of her VHS adaptation of her book. I’m actually quite pleased with the fact that it looks like a human male. I’m less pleased that it doesn’t actually represent my personal race (nothing wrong with being black, but I would hope that a self portrait of myself would look a bit more like… my self, which is white, btw). On to bigger and better exercises!