Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Where's the body?

I'm getting more used to Sketchbook Pro. This doodle is kind of different for me, but not really. I've drawn lots of surly-looking superhero types over the years. Because I'm lazy and untrained, I can't do much beyond the head. Plus my costumes suck. Hell, all the characters in my first cartoon strip were just disembodied heads and hands. That should've been a sign I needed to work harder.

This is why I always tell aspiring artists to not be like me - draw your ass off and get good at everything. Don't limit yourself to a particular style or theme. Hone those basics and you'll be able to draw anything your mind imagines. I get really frustrated because I often hit the wall of my drawing ability. Luckily I like storytelling more than I like pure drawing. Doodling is a fun outlet, but when I have to do a drawing for real, I get terribly self-comscious about it. That's why I'll probably never be a fine artist. Drawing has always been a way for me to tell a joke or bring a character to life.

Luckily I've been able to work with people who can draw much better than me. It keeps me humble about my skills.