I was recently tagged in an Instagram post asking creators to share what they’re favourite thing to draw is. I immediately put down, hair, eyes and guys. Upon reflection what struck me about that response was how different that list was only a few years ago, for the three things I enjoy drawing the most are the very things I struggled with.
When I first started drawing seriously, I would draw every piece of hair rather than try and draw and shade in blocks. For a time, that was actually okay as my webcomic at the time was done in pencil and it suited the tone and texture. However, as time went on and I needed to get faster at drawing whilst maintaining a certain level of quality, I had to forgo my perfectionist nature and find new ways to draw hair. Unfortunately, this meant that all my characters have undergone an ugly phase. Though, as I persisted, studied and continued to practice, I find myself enjoying drawing hair more and more, and as an added bonus, it looks better!
This, of course, extends to drawing men. For a time, I really struggled to draw them. I couldn’t get the anatomy in to set in my mind despite how much I tried. Then I started two webcomics that featured a vast amount of guys that all had to look different and I boy did I learn how to draw them quick smart! For some time, when it came to drawing females they would appear more masculine but at least I knew I was making progress!
Webcomics can challenge you to draw things you might have otherwise avoided. This was the case for me and I am grateful to have taken the plunge back into the webcomic world for my artistic abilities are all the better for it.
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So you think you can draw?Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, March 13, 2020
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Ironscarf at 9:11AM, March 14, 2020
My drawing got a lot faster as a result of drawing a webcomic. Unfortunately the time I had to draw got less and less, so to the casual observer I remained as painfully slow as ever. I also got better at page and panel layouts and/or my layouts loosened up a bit.
usedbooks at 2:38PM, March 13, 2020
I plateaued a few years ago. But yeah, I think I got a little better at first. I draw perspectives better. I also figured out how to color stuff at some point.
Gunwallace at 12:11PM, March 13, 2020
My drawn webcomic was subtitled 'Gunwallace learns to draw' because I hadn't picked up a pen to draw seriously since I was 14. My art teacher had told me I was hopeless, and I believed him. Looking back on my first drawn strips it is obvious I've improved. Still a ways to go though. So many wasted years to catch up on.
Avart at 9:59AM, March 13, 2020
I love to draw women ;), drawing guys is still though for me but I'm always keep practicing them. Nice article!
Ozoneocean at 8:56AM, March 13, 2020
My drawing has gotten worse I think ^_^ I'm better at machines now though.