Drawing: I’ve heard many times that artists should fill a sketch book a month. How do you find the inspiration to draw all the time or be creative on command?
I’d be really impressed with an artist that filled a sketchbook every month. I fill about one a year. The most honest answer I can give to “How do you find the inspiration to draw all the time” is that you don’t. You just create a habit of drawing, and you draw even when you are not inspired. When one does this, one will find that she is inspired more often. It’s easier said than done, of course.
In response to the second question, I have a few things to say. Firstly it is not necessary to be creative to draw. You can copy other drawings, and you can copy photographs, and you can draw things you see in real life. Doing this is not cheating, and it can help you develop valuable skills. These drawings may not be ideal for exhibiting or selling, but they are useful practice. Just like athletics or performing music, drawing requires practice. Okay… that’s all well and good, you may be saying, but what if I want to be creative all the time? Well, being creative is about having ideas, and the best outline for how to have ideas that I’ve seen is this.
A 5-Step Technique for Producing Ideas circa 1939
This method was laid out by an advertising man in a book that was published around 1939. It’s still relevant today.
So, recently, I started an account on a website called Quora, where you can ask and answer questions. Here is one of those questions.
What is the hardest part when you start drawing?
When you draw or design and face trouble what do you think you need at that moment to help you overcome the situation?
The hardest part of drawing as a beginner is dealing with frustration. Your drawings won’t come out as well as you would like, and it will be difficult to overcome that frustration and persist in your drawing. Persistence and dedication, more than anything else will make you a better artist, and allow you to develop your own point of view.
As a beginning artist, you are very likely to think “I can picture this perfectly in my head vividly and perfectly, but I just can’t get it onto the paper” While this thought feels true, it most likely isn’t. Before you devote yourself to drawing, you haven’t really learned to look closely at the visual surfaces of things. Your imagination is also a lot less visual than you think. As you continue to pursue visual art, your imagination will become more visual. By the way, the problem where your skill level doesn’t allow you to recreate what’s in your head? That problem will most likely never go away. But you can, over time and with effort, close the gap a little.
Here is a new animated gif that I did. Fun times playing around with this.
I hope you enjoy it.
Here is some more inspirational science fiction art.
Image 1-3: Comics pages from Moebius – Jean Giraud.
Image 4-7 – art by comic book artist Francois Schuiten.
This is my drawing for the illustration for refreshing. I’ve been pretty busy, so I didn’t complete the coloring until after the quote-unquote deadline.
Today is the day Jack Kirby was born in 1917. If he was still with us, he would be 94. Jack is one my favorite artists, and he had a tremendous work ethic, drawing up to four comic books a month, (an unmatched achievement…) while also being a great originator. He created or co-created Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Galactus, Silver Surfer, The Avengers, The Mighty Thor, Kamandi, The Demon, The New Gods, Mister Miracle, The Inhumans, and the Boy Commandos! (plus too many more to name) Here’s a sampling of his genius in pictorial form.
Here is my entry for the Illustration Friday word ‘imperfect.’ My first drawing with a new technique! (Not that you can really, tell… ) I used a light blue col-erase pencil for the pencilling stage, and some of my normal pens for the inking stage. Kind of a quickie coloring attempt here, but I think it works okay.