What’s the best way to trace an image? Before trying the method I used in the Shakira image, I thought the only way was getting tracing paper. It turns out nowadays there are other ways! In fact, after learning this new method, I went to YouTube and found other techniques that involved the use of a smartphone and certain opacity filters. It was a nice reminder that, sometimes, all it takes to find a new way of doing something is just going to YouTube 😄.
In the second half of the week (when trying the ‘intervention’ of kids’ drawings) I was a bit skeptical about that. I thought it didn’t make much sense to be drawing like that, considering I’m not a kid anymore. Why should we do it? Well, I guess that also could be helpful to limit perfectionist tendencies. Kids just draw. They don’t ask themselves if the drawing looks good, if it’s well-balanced, and if they’re using good technique. They just draw! That’s something we can learn from 🙂.
On Day 79 I did a freehand drawing of Shakira, tracing the borders of a picture from the computer screen. I know: it sounds terrible, but I learned it in my Kuli Kunst book 🙃. The idea was to get just the contours of a photo right. The rest should be easier. It was really fun! Now I feel like I have a powerful tool under my belt. Days 80 to 83 were just buildings. I copied these from the book, but I might have found fresh examples online. I think that might have been better.
On Days 83 to 85, I copied some kids’ drawings (they were also included in the book). The goal was to take very simple drawings and add a lot of detail, textures, and some color. Such an interesting exercise! When I started teaching piano I always tried to make easy arrangements of difficult pieces. It turns out we can make it the other way around: take something simple and make it more complex.
Week 12 Drawings
Below you can find the daily drawings. Each day, I’m practicing for an hour. Sometimes, I fill one or two pages. But there are days when I work on more detailed stuff, and maybe it’s just half a page 🙃. As soon as I reach the one-hour mark, I put the pen down and take the photo of the day. Click on the thumbs to see the larger pictures:
Diary in German + Drawings (Week 12)
That’s all for now! 😊