Sometime this year I started to take up drawing. The only class I’d ever taken was in college and it was a beginning drawing class. I was terrible at it.
I decided this year I wanted to give it another chance, and so I started Google image searching black and white portraits. I needed something visually to do while listening to talk radio. As I started to do this, I realized I really enjoyed shading. I think choosing photos in black and white really helped. I know I still need to work on perspective and proportion, and definitely need help on getting the eyes right.
I think I enjoy older people where I can focus on the lines and sagging skin. I love trying to achieve a sense of depth. It was hard doing photos where the faces were washed out, perfect, and smooth. It was also extremely boring.
So here are a few of my favorite drawings from this past year. Maybe I’ll start taking photos of people on the street and use them as my models.