Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The emotional stages of drawing

I've been drawing a lot more lately. It's a lot of fun but also makes me sweat some bullets too. It started a few weeks ago when I decided that I wanted to try to sell some portraits of people in an Etsy shop. I needed some more pictures to build some sort of portfolio, so I did a few pictures for free. This is basically how my emotional levels progressed throughout the drawing process:

1. Super happy! Someone wants me to draw a picture for them!

2. A little anxious. The shadows and facial expression look kind of hard.

3. UTTERLY DEVASTATED! The picture looks horrible! It looks like a monstrous hybrid between Chucky and an evil clown. 

4. Slightly sedated. OK, this might be salvageable. It still looks weird, though.

5. Super happy! Yay, it's not ruined! (Yes, I do grow freckles in step 5.)
The exhausting thing is that I go through those five steps every single time. This last picture I did I almost erased the whole thing once I hit stage three. But I pulled through. I think the trick is to keep sitting at the desk and drawing and drawing until you get it right.


3 comments:

Kathy Haynie said...

Hahahahaha....

Oops...Sorry to be laughing at your pain.

Attaboy Bryan - I love ALL your drawings - the funny ones here, and the wonderful portraits.

Lisa Lou said...

The emotional stages of drawing are just getting you ready for the emotional stages of optometry school...
:S

Baba said...

Your blog is great! I really love this kind of artwork, reminds me of this:
Drawings Paintings Prints
Love drawings!