It always looks so easy before I actually put pencil to paper, or in this case, blue marker. For a change of pace, I did the first thumbnail at the top left of the page with my left hand. The one next to it and everything else was done right handed. I thought the first four goes at it were remarkably awful, even for quick sketches.
It was going to be a challenge. I like things to be easy, and I mean, easy, easy peasy easy, could do it with my eyes shut easy. This made me very unhappy and now it wasn’t a challenge, it was a fight!
If a wooden toy with blank eyes can talk it was telling me on no uncertain terms, “See, you can’t draw! Who are you kidding! Hah, hah, ha, ha…..” Evil thing. The only thing I like less than things not being easy is losing. To that end I started again, drawing larger, giving myself more space in order to rise to the challenge, go to war, whatever I have to do. I am fighting with the Egg Lady.
The larger drawing was an improvement. However, it needed corrections as far as where the lines were, where the shadows were, the shape of the eyes, etc.
I used some Wite’Out on a few areas where I had gone off course. To really get at some of the shadows I used a medium charcoal pencil. After that, the most expedient way to go was digital.
I photographed the page and cropped it leaving only the larger drawing in Sketches Pro. I was able to correct a few things and add some colors. Mysteriously, the touchscreen on my device stopped responding. I poked the screen impatiently…nothing…..finally it dawned on me, once the Wite’Out had dried on my finger tips, the touch screen could no longer feel through them.
I should have washed my hands before using the device to begin with…..live and learn, I guess. I thought I had made every mistake possible in the process of learning my craft, it just goes to show you can always make new mistakes! Which is good, because if you are making new mistakes your must have been learning something new when it happened. Or maybe I wasn’t learning anything new, but I am going to pretend.
My fight with the Egg Lady continues, but I will write about that tomorrow.