I’ve been running through some introductory drawing tutorials on YouTube. I’m starting, as we always must, at the very beginning. Darrel Tank’s site, Five Pencil Method, has been helpful.
I’m still learning the most basic things… like what kind of paper I should use for pencil sketches, how to position my hand, etc. Throughout our lives, we are challenged repeatedly to go back to the basics. Good for the brain.
You might ask why a tech savvy guy like me would bother with drawing in pencil, instead of drawing with the pen and pencil tools in Photoshop and Illustrator. I intend to do both, to draw decently with a pencil on paper, and to draw decently with computer drawing tools.
I’m trying to develop my visual imagination. Also, I believe that knowing the old, mechanical method of drawing by hand leads to greater understanding and control when I use the computer drawing tools. I need to learn how to produce perspective.
Tank’s site even offers a beginner’s set of tools for drawing in its online store. Pretty clever marketing concept. I might order the set. Seems like the quickest way to get started. A good drafting table and light seem essential, too. We’re talking a couple of hundred bucks! Everything costs money.
I checked out a couple of local art supply stores, and Tank’s beginner set is competitively priced.
I’m making my way through the free, introductory tutorials on this site first. Once I get through those, I’ll consider whether to spend for the advanced tutorials on portrait drawing.