Showing off our finished drawings to family and friends can be gratifying. Enthusiastic viewers appreciate your techniques and may even understand that you spend many hours improving your skills. But hidden to their eyes is your dedication to doing studies—a most misunderstood aspect of learning to draw from observation.
It is in the countless study sketches where you’ll find solutions to problems as you work. Shown above, Naomi spent two sessions carefully studying vertical and angled lines in 2-point perspective drawing.
Doing a number of progressive studies can help you spot and correct mistakes early on, before you get too far along with your drawing. My mission, as your coach, is to help you discover the enjoyment in doing study sketches, and how the art of studying can lead to a solid method of drawing from observation and imagination.
Studies can help when trying something new, like going big with charcoal…