How to Draw Step by Step

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Woops, Bit of a False Start

Well, sorry about that, I got heavily involved in life in the 3d world and the actual book project.

I didn't mention the book project in the last post did I?

As I re-read my last post I decided that what was really needed was a really basic Beginners Guide to Drawing. It had to be a step-by-step guide with images to copy and text to explain what they mean.

I wanted it to be printable so you can print it out and draw over the samples to get a feel for how to do it. There had to be all sorts of different types of drawing. But I really had no idea of what you, the Beginner, wanted to know so I asked.

I got 100 responses with about 40 questions and the book is the attempt to answer all of them properly.

I think the book succeeds in doing that, I am very pleased with the end result. Currently it is being evaluated by the very people who asked the questions and their answers to the evaluation will be posted here later.

So, I will probably also post bits of the book here and I might even build a whole website devoted to the book contents in addition the the website which sells the book. Yes, I am going to sell it, and most of the people who wish to have access to the ideas and steps in the book will be able to get it for free if they want to wade through many web pages or they could buy it for much easier access and off-line access.

At the moment, it isn't available but I will post the links here when they are available. Stay tuned.

Back to you all later...

Friday, April 22, 2005

Welcome to the How to Draw Step by Step Blog

Being the first post it is probably important to introduce myself and what this is all about.

My name is Brent and I have been probably one of the worlds worst at drawing even though I have always wanted to be able to draw what I could see and imagine.

Unfortunately I lost interest in art at an early age when I came second in an art contest.

Why would coming second make someone lose interest? You would think that second would be something that motivates you to do better wouldn't you.

It was about grade 3 in primary school so I would have been around 8 or 9. I worked really hard on painting and underwater scene. It was pretty good I thought, I had a shipwreck, shark swimming past, a couple of smaller fish in and around the port holes, crustaceans etc. All my original work, all imagination, nothing copied from anywhere.

I was beaten into second place by a paint-by-numbers creation, no artistic skill, no original idea, no personality of any kind. The painting looked good and the creator had done a good job of putting the paint where it needed to be but that isn't art and should have been disqualified from the competition.

Losing to something like that really destroyed my motivation and yes, I did know then that it was really only a copy but perhaps the judges didn't. Crap.

Guess what! It still niggles at me but I can sleep at night and, apart from the twitch and night sweats, I am totally over it. Actually, the twitch and night sweats bit is a lie, I don't have any of them ... do I?

Lets get back on track. As it stands now I have finally accepted that I can draw pretty well and decided that it would be good to help others by going through what I learned as I went from really no good to quite good. I am not an artist, nothing of mine is ever likely to make me any money but I enjoy doing it and I enjoy seeing reasonably competent drawings that I created.

Some of you will get a lot better than me because you have more natural talent. Do this for you, learn to enjoy what you do and the satisfaction of doing a good job will be reward enough.