Hats and puffy jackets

Presumably, the more you draw, the better you get (10,000 hours and all that) and that doesn’t only mean your “drawing from observation” skills get better. This also includes the drawing you do from imagination, because you’ve observed something so frequently that your visual memory improves too. Or so I hope. For example, on first try I messed up the face of the girl with the hat. After erasing it, I was able to draw it again, but without looking at her. For me, that is a small step, a tiny bit of progress, in my determined mission to get better at drawing people.



4 Comments on “Hats and puffy jackets”

  1. Anders says:

    It reminded me of one of Walt Whitman’s poems:

    Beginning my Studies

    BEGINNING my studies, the first step pleas’d me so much,
    The mere fact, consciousness—these forms—the power of motion,
    The least insect or animal—the senses—eyesight—love;
    The first step, I say, aw’d me and pleas’d me so much,
    I have hardly gone, and hardly wish’d to go, any farther, 5
    But stop and loiter all the time, to sing it in extatic songs.


  2. I spent three years sketching people in the train, yet drawing people from my head is still a challenge, but then again, challenges don’t have time limits; you just keep at it until the challenge gets smaller and smaller in the distance behind you.


  3. Joan says:

    Is the drawing of the man a contour drawing? Just curious.


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