artblog of lois van baarle |

my artwork | sketches | process | news & updates | random | archive

I have this old sketchbook lying around from 2001, around the time I started drawing the kind of stuff I do today. Before that, I drew a lot of stuff from reference but found that whenever I started drawing from imagination, it was such a huge struggle. I just didn’t know where to start. I knew how things looked but had no idea how to translate this onto a sheet of paper without the help of solid reference material. And most importantly I had no clue what my style was. I didn’t have a drawing technique that helped me to just put something on paper, so most of what I drew around then was kind of weird, random and fragmented. 

Every now and then I would dig up this sketchbook and draw the picture again, next to the old one, to see how my approach had changed. Although I initially started doing this just to show how much better the drawing would look if I did it again, it’s become more about seeing how comfortable I’ve become with drawing in general. I can now sketch with so much more ease than I did before and I don’t get stuck as often as I used to.

But there are still tons of things that I just don’t know how to draw. I like to stay in my comfort zone and when I challenge myself to draw something totally different, I feel like I’m back to square one on everything. I feel just like I did in 2001 when I was drawing these weird random poses and unfinished faces. So I guess I’m posting this as a reminder to myself and others that if you stick with it, you’ll grow past that phase, even if you feel like you’re not getting anywhere!

  1. selfteachingillustrator reblogged this from leorefsblog
  2. paperaloves reblogged this from lindserton
  3. referencespook reblogged this from loish
  4. undertakinganimation reblogged this from loish
  5. freakingfudgenuggets reblogged this from loish
  6. timesorceror reblogged this from ggigas
  7. ggigas reblogged this from loish
  8. thisshippingisgettingoutofhand reblogged this from loish
  9. eugemovie reblogged this from loish
  10. sugartits23 reblogged this from loish
  11. midgetkk reblogged this from loish
  12. andy10715 reblogged this from phhiillester
  13. phhiillester reblogged this from loish
  14. prettyprettymangirl reblogged this from sciencevromance