This morning I used a pose-able figure that I got from Flying Tiger. I think it was something like $4.
I set it up in a few different poses and drew for 8-10 minutes each. I’ll try setting a 5-minute timer next time.
Why the shorter time?
It might be good to approach it similar to how I try to approach writing: focusing on small things. (Which I wrote about here.) Getting the reps right now will help me improve more than trying to increase the quality in one drawing.
As an example, if I have 25 minutes, I could:
- Draw 3 figures, 8 minutes each: This is approximately what I did today. Toward the end I noticed I was just going back over lines without having a great sense of if I was actually correcting things or not.
- Draw 5 figures, 5 minutes each: This would help me stay a little more focused and then move on to the next pose and sketch.
- Draw 25 figures, 1 minute each: My suspicion is that this could be useful for getting just the skeleton and a rough outline going. If I could do quick comparisons overlaying it on the figure after each sketch, that’d be the type of quick feedback that could help me improve.
Each has its purpose. I’ll have to actually try each of them to see if their helpful.
Just checked my watch, it’s GIF time.
It feels like this figure has really long limbs but maybe it’s just that I don’t know anatomy that well at all.
There are some figures on Amazon that are shaped like dudes that are JACKED so maybe I can get one of those to try and live out my childhood comic book drawing dreams.
I used to love drawing Cyclops but making it’d mostly be drawing an enormous red rectangle based on his Children of the Atom special:
I made an adjustment on the last one to make it look a little more like it was a guy running. The posed figure looked sort of like someone doing Dhalsim’s celebration.
I tried to put some clothes on. They look pretty stiff. Like how they made that stiff flag so that it looks like it’s waving on the moon.
Last I had one that I tried to pose as a person walking. It also looks like he might be looking at a phone while walking. Which I do more often than I should.
Timing how long I’ve been doing creative work has been pretty helpful so I’ll keep doing it.
This post has taken closer to 40 minutes than the 20 minutes I planned. (Ten minutes were looking for a Cyclops video to grab that frame of his special.)
That’s that for Day 5.