May 21, 2016

A surprising endeavour


For a long long time I have always thought, or assumed that drawing would be something out of my artistic range. In school when we had to draw a scenario with people in them, I would always dread it, simply because I can never draw a realistic looking person. They would be out of proportion, had a funny face and what nots. And I have always envied those of my friends who can draw. So from that time on, I have never had the inclination to sketch anything that's human or animal. I only drew motifs and tattoo-like designs.
However, since last week, everything I thought about me+drawing, changed.

I don't know what exactly inspired me to pick up the pencil and start sketching dragons. Maybe it was my 5 year old who gifts me drawings after drawings of wonderful girls in motion (she loves to draw, unlike her mommy). Or maybe it was a message in etsy where there was the mention of a Phoenix, or maybe it was the really amazing artwork I saw on a friend's facebook feed. Something triggered me, or rather, they ALL did it because one morning last week, I woke up and all I wanted to do was to learn how to draw a dragon. And so I researched on the internet (Youtube) and started devouring videos after videos on dragon drawing. I googled dragon artwork and tried to decipher what constituted a dragon since it wasn't a real creature that one could observe in the flesh. After a day, I made my first dragon. That was on the 10th of May. In the subsequent 5 days, I had made 6 dragons heads.

Here are the first four dragons I sketched ... No. 1 being Tatts. That's my first dragon drawing.


And then in the next three days, I drew Smirk, Al and Cocky.
Of course, I was hooked by now and I drew another two.

Bucky, fashioned after a Komodo Dragon.
Freckles

I was genuinely surprised that I could draw a decent looking dragon. Nothing like those fancy ones I see on Deviant Art, but they were decent. And then a rebellious thought came to mind. What if ... what if I tried drawing faces. Like human faces. I still had a little phobia with drawing humans, but I just needed to know if I can, or cannot draw a proper face. So I made my first human face on the 14th May. Since my daughter really fancied Sebastian Stan after watching Captain America : Civil War, I used one of Stan's photos as drawing guide.


I actually did two Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier. The results looked nothing like him, but it was an encouraging start for me ... I can ACTUALLY draw a face! A human face!! Yipeeeeee!!!

I couldn't stop there knowing that I can go further. So I relentlessly drew. I haven't stopped drawing until today. Here is a chronology of the faces I drew and the dates I drew them. I still cannot believe the progress I am achieving. It shows that nothing is impossible if you put your heart into it. And I really put my heart into this.

Sebastian Stan (again) - 15thMay

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange - 16thMay

Aaron Taylor Johnson as Pietro Maximoff - 16thMay


Chris Evans as Steve Rogers - 17thMay

And then by now, I am as smittened with Sebastian Stan as my daughter is LOL!! So another one of him on the 19May.
Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes - 19May

Today is the 20th May. It's been 11 maybe 12 days since I decided to learn how to draw ... dragons and humans. I don't know when I will make myself stop drawing, so that I can go back to my other art forms (I do need to make some books and jewelry soon!!). But to top this journey off, I made drawings of my daughters today :)

This is Llara ... she's 11


And this is Maia ... she's my 5 year old drawing princess!


I never thought I would enjoy drawing so much. I am so glad I gave it a try again after 30+ years.


18 comments:

  1. Way to go, Luthien! It is sometimes very surprising to find you can do what you thought you couldn't. But you are obviously full of talent. I especially love the drawings of your daughters. xo

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    1. Hi Renate!! How wonderful to hear from you :) How have you been?
      Thank you very much for your sweet comment :)

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  2. Wow! Impressive drawings, Luthien! They're amazing-I mean YOU are amazing! Is there anything you can't do?

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    1. Thank you my friend!!! Hahaha ... I didn't know I could do this, but am really enjoying the ride!

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  3. These are amazing & even more so considering how far you came in such a short period - I'm in awe! Also, excellent choice of subjects - I'm taking my niece to see the new Captain America movie today & can't wait to see Dr. Strange when it comes out. Benedict Cumberbatch - yum! :-)

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    1. Thank you Candi!! I am surprise myself how fast I'm progressing!!
      Cap Am is wonderful!! Im going to see it again next week :) and yes, i cannot wait for Dr Strange too. BC is one actor that can make anything good!!

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  4. Gosh, Luthien, I don't know what to say! I've been so impressed watching your dragons and gorgeous young men come to life under your pencil but I'm blown away by your drawings of your girls! You have captured them beautifully, so immediately recognisable! You can be very proud - Jason and the girls must be thrilled with your new skill. What an artist you are! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Carol! You are very kind and so very supportive of my endeavours. Yes, Jason and the girls are a bit mystified and amused by my new ability LOL ... and so am i!

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  5. Your drawings are beautiful. Like thr rest of your works.

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  6. oh my! you really bring things to life with your pencil - these are fantastic!

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  7. So LT - another talent displayed - just such beautiful pencil work - as others have said - fantastic. Go well. B

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    1. Thank you B!! I am enjoying this new found ability that I have lol!

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  8. The drawings of your daughters are beautiful. They are not just static, but you have captured personality, too. Of course, the other drawings are great, also.

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  9. Hi Winnie...just catching up with everyone...these pics are amazing...in fact I am watching Winter Soldier right now...can't wait to see Civil war...I LOVE the dragons...:) Hope all is well... <3

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xoxoxo
Luthien :)