Friday, June 3, 2011

Sleepy Soda drawing

Sleepy Soda drawing

I frequently claim that I can't draw, which I still think is pretty true, but I'm trying to be more creative and free up that inner critic. I want to draw, and sometimes I like to draw, so... yeah. Trying to just practice for fun.

The fantastic International Girl aerogrammes (I've blogged about them quite a lot) have a little box that says "draw picture here." Ever one to follow instructions, I usually give it some kind of try. So one night I had Soda sleeping at the edge of my letter, and I drew her. It doesn't really look all that much like her, but it is fairly apparent that it is a cat, and for that I am proud of myself.

She's sleeping on the couch near me now, actually, but all curled up this time. Awww.

11 comments:

  1. Aww shucks, Felicity - thank you so much! That means more than I can say from an artist like you, whose drawings are AMAZING.

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  2. You *CAN* draw. Look right there...
    You should kick that inner critic out more often :)

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  3. Thanks, Sara - golly, another REAL artist I know and respect deeply! It's ironic, actually, because in my professional life one of my main mantras is "leave your critic at the door." I gotta heed my own advice...

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  4. I love it a lot, actually. And it looks familiar. :) I wish I could draw! Alas, "leave your critic at the door" is easy for me to tell others, terribly hard to follow myself.

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  5. This drawing is great, Ilona!! I think you can draw. Even if you think you can't, I can tell you that you have an eye of an artist. You always choose so beautiful stamps and decorate cards with pretty stamps.

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  6. I'm not sure whether a classic really needs a plug, but if you want to learn to draw, get a copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Everyone learns to draw with this method--even people who think they don't have "talent"--and it doesn't take long. Somewhere I have the two self-portraits I did thirty years ago: the first looks like it was drawn by an eight-year-old, and the second (dated one week later) looks like a real drawing.

    These days there's a DVD and portfolio of drawing stuff (available from drawright.com) that I bought and used as a refresher course a year or two ago. Highly recommended and worth every cent.

    (Oh, yeah: some people find the pop psychology that's grown up around Sperry's left-brain/right-brain research off-putting. Edwards herself states that she uses "right side of the brain" as a metaphor for a certain mode of thinking rather than a literal statement about the structure of the brain. In any event, her methods work.)

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  7. Joseph, this is an eerie coincidence: I had lunch today with a friend who is an artist and an art teacher, and I mentioned to him my desire to learn to draw. He recommended this very book. Clearly I must give it a try, with two respected recommendations on the same day!

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  8. I love how you drew her little toes! Adorable!

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  9. Very cute! It's so hard to let go of that inner critic.

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