How will I know?
I just will. It will be a way in which I love to draw and paint in. It will be fun for me. It will be expressive.
I'm not there yet.
I watched some videos today that were really good. Two were of an artist by the name of Dario Jabenko. She has a handful of Youtube videos where she shares how she became a successful illustrator and gives a lot of tips.
What do you know -- the first tip is to get your own style. It took her a year to find her style after she graduated from illustration school. If you are interested check out the links I shared about her.
Back to my Sonheim book. I decided to attempt the assignment again which frustrated me yesterday, but I'd do it a bit differently. Today I also watched a bit of a David Catrow video. He talked about how many artists do self-portraits. So, I thought I am going to try that. Instead of drawing a dog over and over quickly I'll do myself. Here are some of the results:
But Carla mentions in the book if you continue you might find your style.
But I am getting frustrated with drawing myself. But I haven't quit yet.
I definitely don't like drawing myself, and I
definitely don't like this kind of work.
I do not have big eyes but i love drawing big eyes. So, as you see from portraits I am subconsciously giving myself big eyes....
The drawings are getting worse.
Yes, this is pathetic. I look like a cookie....that makes me laugh.
So after this one, I have decided I am not going to draw my self portrait. Instead I'll go to the assignment the book gives me that I felt like would be cheating. By the way I like this one the best even though I could have drawn this in first grade!
So, overall the illustration was successful. I am really liking watercolor and ink (or sharpie). I am really liking Quentin Blake's illustration -- he is influencing me. Somehow he can convey emotion in apparently simple pictures. That is talent.
So, I am going to take Daria's advice (I am also going to add her to my artists I love page). I am going to draw and paint what I love to draw and paint (But still do the lessons Carla's book gives me).