I used to have this recurring nightmare where I got hunted down by the powers that be and they'd tell I had no business being an artist. They'd say: "You failed 11th grade! (True that) "You never passed your final high school exam" (Total lie) "Who are you, thinking you can be an artist without being good at math and physics? ( I failed 11th grade because of math and physics, which is what they're referencing here)
This dream would shake me to the core whenever it came around, until one day my dream response changed. It went from me sniveling "Oh no! I'm found out. What should I do to appease you, dream police?" to: " F*ck you, who are you to tell me that I need your stupid math approval stamp? I'm able to draw whatever the hell I want, AND I can teach that. So you just go on and bother someone else."
The dream police doesn't come around much anymore... I wonder why? But seriously, do you ever feel like you're not all that good at that technical, analytical, slight-whiff-of-mathy stuff? You know, like... *cough* perspective?! I'm even hesitant to use that word too much because it automatically makes my eyes glaze over and my brain spasm into paralysis. I prefer saying: forms in space (sounds much more adventurous to me). The 11th grade debacle had me thinking that I'm no good at doing those kinds of things. And the mind is a tricky thing, it'll just run with whatever you feed it. Because of it I got myself stuck in a place where I was unable to draw from imagination, even though I really wanted to. I'd always need a reference to draw from. Or let's just call it by its real name: a picture to copy.
But I got past that hurdle, and so can you. Wanna know how? By treasuring your love for drawing, by being curious about how to get better, and by adopting a willingness to make a ton of shitty drawings. That attitude and some solid instruction will get you beyond any roadblock. So, let's keep your dreams police free. Shall we? I'm putting together a video series on how to practice drawing from imagination. This week, I'll show you a simple exercise that'll help you use cross-contours and plane changes to get your drawings to look structurally sound. It'll also demystify the
purpose of center-lines,
clarify the two different types of cross contours that exist
and bring to light the glory of plane changes.
You won't wanna miss it. I even have a free practice cheat sheet for you here. Have fun drawing, Carolin