I was excited when I started this site (still am!) because it would force me to stay creative. I had stopped sketching for years (decades) and earlier this year had started again and enjoyed it. But, like anything else, to get/stay good it requires practice. I have a problem just sitting and drawing something for the sake of sitting and drawing something. That’s one of the reasons why I loved art classes in college, there were regular assignments and the more I drew, the easier it was and then things started to flow from me. So I was hoping that this would be similar. Force myself to sketch and eventually it’d become easier.
I tried doing this napkin last weekend. Wow. It’s hard! So used to using a pencil and being able to erase, using ink and having it committed was frustrating. Once you screw up that line do you toss the whole thing, or just try to compensate? Or, like me, just start tapering off? Then the medium. This terrible little piece of thin paper that bleeds so easily and is so tiny compared to jumbo sketch pads!
Anyways, I liked the challenge and think this will be fun. Here’s hoping the improvements come! And new respect gained for the people who do it so, so well.