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My first 10,000 Hours in Art: Learning how to draw flowers

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My 10,000 hours 1Last week, and I apologize for not updating this sooner, I learned about how to draw flowers, and, more importantly, how to create texture through shading.

I was surprised at what I came up with by the end of my hour online spent with instructor Leah Kohlenberg.

It’s deceptively simple, but something I feel that I can learn how to do more and get even better at.

My plan was to finish the drawing and create something incredible to share on this post. But, having gotten sick last week, I was unable to do so. Perhaps if I finish my drawing in the next few days I will add it to this post and show you the end result.

One thing I’m noticing so far with drawing is that I do much better when I don’t think of myself as drawing something, but simply following along the lines of what I see. So, if I’m drawing a face, or a cup, or anything, for that matter, instead of drawing what I perceive something to be, I take the time and actually LOOK at what it is I’m drawing and following along in the shapes.

It’s still not perfect, and there are times where my lack of skill in terms of drawing circles or how to properly scale certain objects, makes things difficult for me, but, that, I figure, comes along with time.

The week before last I learned a bit about how to create shading on a sphere. I understand the concept well enough, but I wasn’t totally pleased with my end result. Whereas Leah’s sphere would look like it has depth, mine looked like it was a flat circle with painted crescents along the front of it.

Again, I think that’s another thing that gets easier the more you do it, and I’m looking at getting that skill down, too.

It’s exciting in a way in that I’ve seen the sprouts for my potential start to blossom ever so slightly, and that makes me want to do more of it and get better at it.

This coming week, Tuesday, we’re going to start experimenting with colors. I’m a little frightened in that in the past I’ve always had trouble with watercolors. They always tend to look like a big smear of colors and not like anything in particular.

However, part of that could be the fact that I wasn’t using my left-brain vs. my right-brain, which, as Leah has said several times, makes art harder than it has to be.

The funny thing is that it seems so logical when you look at it from the outside. Of course it’s much easier to paint or draw something when you’re drawing what you see and not what you think you see.

What excites me, however, is when, or if, I get to the point where I know how to draw what I see and I can in turn take that and transform it into what my vision of what I want it to look like should be.

That’s the true mark of an artist in my mind. Anyone, myself included, can draw a guitar and make it look just like one you might see in a music store.

However, a real artist, I believe, will make that guitar feel like it’s being played whenever someone looks at it. The music will ooze from it even though it’s really just a flat image on a piece of paper.

That’s where I want to be, and that’s what has kept me motivated to keep doing this experiment. Whether or not I’ll get there, we shall see. I’m ready to keep going at it, however!

See you all next week.

Oh, and if you’d like to give these lessons a shot yourself, as I said in my first article, Leah does offer online lessons via Skype for reasonable prices. You can check her out online here at The Roaming Studio.


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