Learning to draw
I'm a programmer. I write programs. I also used to be pretty good at maths. And not bad at physics. Basically, I'm a scientist.
While I did some drawing when I was little, I was never really good at it. I also didn't practice it much, most of my artistic endeavors consisting of playing the piano.
On the other hand, I like seeing and watching things. I love cartoons (well, good cartoons). I was never a great fan of comics, but after discovering web comics, and especially in the last year or two, I started liking them more and more. I think they provide a
great marvelous way to make a joke, comment on a situation, or deliver a message. In some cases even take the readers through a long and captivating story. And some of those comics are pretty damn nicely drawn! If only I could draw like that... if only... but how can I learn?
Convinced that just trying on my own won't get me very far, I decided that I needed somebody to help me. But who can I find? Well, incidentally, my wife happens to be a Visual Arts teacher :) And if that didn't give it away, she can draw and paint really well. So I started bugging her about it, but we never quite found time to spend on it...
...until today, when we had a discussion, and concluded that I could actually do pretty well if I just practice (a lot) on my own, but she can also comment on my scribbles. And that I should start drawing something simple, or copying things that I like and want to draw. Well, that was pretty much a no-brainer - I decided to copy some cartoon characters for now :) And I'm going to publish my drawings, partly to follow my own progress, and partly to inspire others (in case I actually manage to improve)
About that last bit, I stumbled upon a picture that gave me a boost:
Right now I think I can draw like the left side. If that guy was able to make that kind of progress, then maybe there's a chance for me too. I just hope it won't really take 17 years :)
Without further ado, here are my drawings. I'm still waiting for somebody to recognize any of the characters I drew...
|3. The master||22 Jun 2009|
|2. Two other characters||09 May 2009|
|1. A couple of characters||02 May 2009|