It claims to be "52 creative exercises to make drawing fun" and I eagerly checked it out of the library expecting to be transformed into a confident whimsical illustrator overnight. But I browsed it and immediately said "I can't do this" and returned it without trying even one of the exercises.
Enter Cameron, from Paint Myself Pretty. She has decided to tackle one exercise a week and blog about it, and has
Lab 1 - "Cats in Bed"
The idea was to draw lots and lots of cats from your imagination, while drawing on a soft surface (such as bed) to keep your lines loose. Here are my bed kitties. I tried and tried to make a different shaped cat (without going to google and looking at other people's cat drawings). My brain seems to know ONE way to draw a cat (and not a very good one at that).
Lab 2: blind contour giraffes
Okay, so it's not a giraffe. It's another cat. And in fact I skipped this exercise in the interest of catching up with assignments, and pulled out a blind contour drawing I made of Jake 6 months ago. I'll go back and do some giraffes. I swear.
Lab 3: Pet gesture drawings. The mission was to make a series of quick loose gesture drawings of your pet in action. It was challenging because one cat would't stop moving and the other sat like a lump. But I kept at it throughout the day and captured quite a few poses. I even like a few of them:
Phyllis, (who has been quiet for such a long time now) has threatened to rear her ugly head over these sketches. I have to keep reminding myself that I will not wake up one day magically knowing how to draw. I actually have to draw and draw and draw some more if I want to learn. I'm hoping that Cam's good example will keep me working on these exercises all year.