I’m having something like an artist’s block

I’m in the midst of doing a graphic novel that features my main character having an out-of-body experience in which he encounters God. I’m having some trouble with my imagination giving me something I like visually. The above image is not related to any of that, it just shows a usual practice session.

Quite a hiatus.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. I’ve had a number of eye problems that have been resolved now ( I hope.) I’ve tried to revive my painting skills. This was a made up scene I’ve done in the mean time. Acrylic on board.

In the upper right corner is a figure – looks like a woman in a long dress – that ended up being there entirely by accident.

Maintain your edge once you’ve got it

You can make it a daily habit, (unless you’re working your ‘real’ job) – you’ll find it somewhat relaxing to draw people or animals you see in a magazine. Even if you find it difficult to sketch in realism.

Don’t stop practicing, you will get better

If your goal is to do a graphic novel – with some photorealism – then certainly, photographs are what you’d want to sketch from, and not from copying someone else’s sketches. Drawing from real life? I can’t do it well enough with any kind of speed.

numerous sketches

I’ve been letting the idea of storing these sketches online affect me in the way that I’m drawing them.

Practice consistently

starting with very basic outlines
I’m always looking for unusual angles in the figures that I draw for perspective’s sake.

Practice consistently and do it correctly. Never start with the head of a figure. Sometimes it’s better to start with a point of interest about the figure’s action.

More of the Human figure

It’s easy to become more appreciative of the human body in the aesthetic sense as you try drawing it. Some of these are examples from looking at a magazine for runners.