Moments of Change

So I started drawing portraits when I was about 14. My drawing style didn’t change or improve until I was 16. One day my drawings typically looked like this:

That’s Harrison Ford, in case you couldn’t tell. They were basically all line drawings, super simple and kind of sketchy. I could finish a drawing in 20 minutes or less (usually less).

The next day, I took my time on a drawing and it came out looking like this:

This one is of Matt Damon. I know it’s not a great drawing, but at the time, it was the best I had ever done. I spent my whole English class (about an hour) drawing it. I showed it to a friend and announced, “I FIGURED IT OUT! I’m supposed to draw exactly what I see!” This may be a “duh” moment for you but to me it was an “a-ha” moment. It was the major turning point in my drawing.

I came across my first “redraw”, and if memory serves my correctly, I drew these two pictures about a week apart, maybe two.

My favorite, Tom Hanks. I wanted to redraw it again. But I don’t have the source picture, but I know exactly where it came from (the cover of Biography magazine). I’ve scoured Google images for it and couldn’t find it.

My most recent major improvement was in July of 2003. This may not seem like a noticeable change to most people, but it’s obvious to me.

I drew this picture of Hugh Grant and felt that it looked fine. But the next day I tweaked my approach of drawing by changing the way I do an outline before really filling it in. It made all the difference to me. The very next day, I drew this:

Viggo Mortenson. I started to spend more time than ever on each drawing. Not all of my drawings have been perfect since, and I’m not proud of all of them, but seeing the little improvements over the years makes me proud overall.

I did have a change in how I draw occur this year, but don’t really have visual examples. It’s mostly in my attitude toward drawing. And I’m enjoying it now more than ever!

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