I hate to admit it, but I kind of feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Somehow it feels like there’s a lot less to keep track of now that #drawlloween and #inktober are finished. It’s not that I wasn’t enjoying having some prompts to work from, or doing a lot of drawing. In a lot of ways it was a really great experience. That doesn’t change the fact that I feel a lot freer now though.
I woke up this morning with a vague sense of dread because it’s Sunday. I tried to think what all of the things I’d have to draw today were and then I realized all I really had to draw today was a hand. Just one thing and that’s it. Just a hand. It was a huge relief. It’s not that I didn’t want to draw more, just that there’s a distinction (at least for me) between what I want to do and what I feel I have to do. I actually ended up wanting to draw more after I’d finished my hands anyway but it felt great to be drawing because I wanted to and not because I still had another box to check off.
Today’s regular hand sketch ended up going off the page a bit. All in all I think it turned out okay though. I’m still really struggling with charcoal but I’m sticking with it and hopefully I’ll have a breakthrough at some point. All of the rest of the sketches, the ink ones, were from the imagination. Drawing imaginary hands is definitely a challenge. I had almost forgotten just how complicated and tricky hands are until I tried to draw some without a reference. I feel like I should know where everything goes but in practice it just doesn’t work out that way. It was still pretty fun to try though.
I also felt like playing around with shadows and lighting a bit more. For that I decided to try drawing a bunch of faces from the imagination. I really like drawing faces and they are without a doubt my favourite studies for light and shadows. I am endlessly fascinated by how the form of a face is defined by shadow. A face without shadow really isn’t much of anything. Lately in conversations with people, as well as when watching shows, I occasionally find myself paying more attention to the shadows on their faces than to what they’re actually saying.
So I suppose that’s what I really wanted to experiment with today. I love that I have a doodle book specific set aside for experiments like that now. It’s great to draw just because I want to learn how again.