Well, it took 11 years, but I finally found a drawing style that I think works.
What am I talking about?
When I was 13, I had been drawing for about 3 years. At that point, I was just copying drawings of cartoons in magazines and I had both run out of things to copy and reached a point where I wanted to express myself personally. Over 11 years, I sketched, painted, inked, and got into habits and routines I enjoyed to create and crank out pieces.
What I mean by “I found my style” is that I finally found a way of drawing at my desk that works really well for me.
I’ve spent the last 2 years doing a lot of sketching in my sketch books, and I’ve found starting with a 2H for sketching, a hard lead pencil, that I can lay out everything I need. I went from using Ticonderoga 2B pencils to simply using a Papermate 2B Mechanical Pencil. I’ve found that, in the end, it makes sense since my finished tend to be fairly matriculate.
Today, I added something else that made sense to use a million times before: A 4B pencil for the outline. Since a large number of pieces I do have a thick black line around them, using a really soft lead to get the line weight makes a lot of sense.
In a previous post, I wrote about how I ink my work now, so combined with this, I feel really confident in my work to a degree I haven’t in years!
I want to give some advice to anyone who reads this and is struggling with sitting at their desk and drawing: Don’t give up. I spent years having an on-again off-again love with my drawing desk, and for me it was because I couldn’t get the same sense of emotion in a finished piece that I did with a sketch. My advice to you? Experiment, experiment, EXPERIMENT! Don’t give up, keep on trying, and keep going until you find something that works for you.