Jumping over Walls
I’ve been jumping over some walls lately. Submitting a piece of my art to a video critique on Drawing Tutorials Online is one thing. It happens in a safe place, because everyone who submits wants to learn. The critique is done in an encouraging way, and you are shown on the spot what you can do to make it better.
But submitting a piece of my pen and ink art on WetCanvas was another thing. WetCanvas is a community of artists, and I am – well a to-be-artist or newbie artist or whatever. The other pieces of art presented on the pen and ink forum were really great to look at. But I took my heart into my hands and jumped over the wall. I got encouraging comments.
The next wall I decided to jump over was the monthly pen and ink project. Several photos are offered, and you can choose whatever you like as a reference. Two things were important for me:
- I had to choose at least one of them, which may result in leaving my comfort zone. I went for the cat, as you could see in my last blogpost.
- I can see how others do with the same reference. The number of different styles is amazing, and it is a great way of learning what you can do with pen and ink.
So I jumped the wall again. And I know which wall I will jump next: Next time I definitely will choose something which I up to now avoided: buildings and persons…I am not very good in perspective, and I am not very good in drawing people. But I’ve read somehwere that you’ve got to practise the things you’re not very good in. Well, wall – here I come!