If you missed it, here are the previous articles:
Part 2 – summary of the breakthrough I experienced at seanwes conference in Austin.
1. Practice vs research
Practice is very important but without serious research into anatomy and analysing your own work to find errors, it can simply reinforce bad habits. So there must be research, but without the practice it will get you nowhere, as you have to develop your own shorthand for drawing people and drawing features. So make sure you couple regular practice with regular research!
2. Keep pushing through the fear
There is a huge pressure drawing people you know but you just have to push through the fear and the cringey feeling you have about your own work. The reactions are always so much more positive (overall) that you expect.
3. An option for adjustment
If possible try to find a way of working that allows you a little bit of adjustment. For most people this would be some kind of pencil (graphite or watercolour pencils), but for me it is watercolour.
Mixing line and wash has made the big difference for me as the ability to correct or lift a watercolour stroke has given me the freedom to push through my fears. I can switch to paint when I’m unsure (normally due to my subject moving). In addition, the colour and loose textured washes also becomes a distraction so that I am not focusing on the accuracy of my lines so much.
It’s also more fun, and ultimately that is the most important thing. Even when you are in the intensive learning stage and working hard at improving your skills it’s important not to take it all too seriously! It’s only a sketch after all!
Well, this has been a momentous series of articles for me to write! I would love to hear your thoughts or answers any questions you have.
BTW I haven’t shared all my conference sketches yet… next up will be a report on seanwes2017 (finally!)