Dragon-A-Day Online: Day 1,001: Nothing to Do But to Do It.

One of the hardest things for me about learning something creative is that I have to come to terms with the fact that I don’t know how to do it properly, despite all the time spent observing, reading and thinking, I haven’t put in the time doing it, so I have to learn how to make my hands (and possibly more important, my conscious mind) do something that my subconscious… probably doesn’t understand fully, but at least has something of a grip on.

I say that because there are things that were immediately obvious and I liked about tonight’s sketch, things that I realized partway through, and things that I have barely any idea how to do:

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Like: The white highlights at the edges of the ridges on the crest.  Although when I tried to repeat it in other places, it stopped looking right. Realized: I should be using directional strokes to indicate planes of the face (something I rarely think about even when just line drawing, so I’m a bit intimidated by that realization)
Barely: Aside from the above intimidation, how not to make large areas look like they’re filled with grey because I didn’t know what all else to do. I think the “actually think about the structures you’re drawing and how they interact with light” part will cause that problem to solve itself, though.


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