Learning to Draw

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It started with this sketch.  It is a family member.  She does not look anything like this. Drat! I was working from a photograph and while I made tremendous progress on shading and understanding light (yay!), it does not look like her - at all.  The good thing is that I can look at it and point out what I did wrong which seems very hopeful.  The chin is shaped wrong, her forehead is too short, her mouth is wonky.  Her hoodie is dead on. (ha ha!)

Enter Help-

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Roben-Marie had this book at a recent retreat and it looked good.  So I ordered it from Amazon. I cracked it open looking for help. I started to skip over the first lessons thinking "i can do that" and then decided that starting at the beginning made sense.

Drawing exercises commenced.

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The shaded apple. Standard fare but again helping me understand light, shadow and dimension.

Then I skipped over to the faces section because that is what I really want to improve. I found the eyes section and looked at it and said, "I can't do that!"  Then I would have to talk to myself -

"did you try?"

"NO! I will suck at it!"

"TRY!"

I did it.

Next... mouth and noses.

I can't do that!!