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Learning to Draw
« on: July 11, 2016, 10:23:54 am »
I posted this on facebook as well, so if you're on facebook, you might have seen it there. But not everyone here is on facebook, so I thought I'd post it here as well.

It started with this TED talk from a man who helps other people realize that they can, in fact, draw. You can watch that on YouTube.

Then there's this TED talk from an illustrator who did a drawing a day for a year as part of a self-learning thing. I'm no artist and I have no talent. I know real artists - I have a friend who, amongst other things, illustrates children's books. She has mad mad talent. My sister is also an artist - she paints, and beautifully so. I'm not an artist. I do stick figures. I can follow simple tutorials, sure, but left to my own devices, I do stick figures.

But. What can I achieve if I do a drawing a day for a year? What can you achieve if you do a drawing a day for a year? I'm thinking very seriously about doing this, starting in a few days.

Do you want to join me? You're more than welcome to. We can learn together. :)

I'll post my drawings (I'll be doing mostly digital drawings) on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lmashton.art/ which will also end up on my facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/LMAshton. You can follow along at either place. If there's enough interest and others following along, we can post here as well. Assuming, of course, that I can figure out how to get photos to work here.

So. Is anyone in?
 
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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2016, 12:28:15 pm »
I put away my paints 40years ago. I might want to do this but not while on the road. So I would start in September. if I participated.  The spirit is willing but whew....
 
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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2016, 04:43:35 pm »
I'm up for a drawing a week, maybe two.  But I cannot keep up with one a day - not until the kids are out of the house anyway.

I'd love to have this thread take off.  Here's something I did back in 2014, that made me and a daughter happy.  My first attempt at shading.  2 years later, I've basically gotten worse, which is disheartening.   But then again, I never practice or try to get better.  Posted here to help others feel better about themselves.  After all, y'all are probably better than me, right?

« Last Edit: July 11, 2016, 04:47:20 pm by N3uroTypical »
What-about-ism is pointless. I like to think most people's responses to such arguments would be, "Yup. That person, who happened to wear the same political jersey I do/did, was totally wrong on that, too."
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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2016, 06:11:35 pm »
So I looked up digital drawing on Google today.  I have a Kindle Fire HDX, so I searched for "digital drawing Kindle Fire HDX".  Found a website that lists the 10 top apps.  Turns out the app only costs $5; however I would need to spend another $200 for some other hardware (don't recall the terminology at the moment).  Laurie, you're a digital maven, but I know you're more of an Apple guru.  Can you help me with any suggestions?  I just don't want to lay out $200 and then decide this isn't what I want to do. 
 

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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2016, 08:26:23 pm »
I'd love for this thread to take off as well, Neuro. And one a week is certainly acceptable. You gotta do whatever's reasonable for your life. I'm looking forward to seeing more from you. And no, by the way, you're not worse than me. Not by a long shot. :)

PG, can you send me the links you found so I can do some reading up on this? Also, it's around 4:25am here as I type this, so it won't be for quite a few hours that I actually do some reading on it, but yes, I'm more than happy to see what I can figure out. :)
 
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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2016, 12:35:34 am »
Laurie (I still tend to type Quid, but then erase it), it was a Youtube video I watched.  Here is the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbwPuqBcwYw

 

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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2016, 01:35:43 am »
PG, just out of curiosity, do you also have a smartphone or other tablet device?
 

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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2016, 01:43:43 am »
PG, have you read this article? It looks to me like any kind of capacitive touch stylus ought to work, and if that's true, I've seen them for as low as USD20. We got one free at a hotel we were staying at in Barcelona of all things. They're not expensive. The cheapies might not work as well as the ones in the upper end of the range, but it ought to be good enough to figure out if this is something you want to do.

What you might want to do is try it out in a store. If there's a free app for your kindle, install that before you go and try it out. That should tell you if it'll work or not.

Edited to add: I just watched the video. The guy is talking about USD250 as the cost for the whole thing to start sketching, meaning including the Kindle Fire. If you already have the Kindle, then you're looking at under USD50 since the Kindle costs USD200. This makes way more sense to me. It's not necessary to buy a USD200 stylus.
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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 06:47:52 am »
I've created a group on facebook for anyone who wants in. You can find it at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113143462096110/ but we can also discuss and post things here, too.
 

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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2016, 10:32:56 am »
Yay!  Closed Facebook group!  That means everything that happens in the group, stays in the group (unless someone like takes a screen capture and posts it or something).  Friends don't see what I post there.

I'm a fan of closed FB groups. 
What-about-ism is pointless. I like to think most people's responses to such arguments would be, "Yup. That person, who happened to wear the same political jersey I do/did, was totally wrong on that, too."
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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2016, 11:46:46 am »
Laurie, yes, I have an iPhone 6s plus, but I'd rather use the screen size of my Kindle than to use the iPhone.
 

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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2016, 01:07:53 am »
PG, yep, I would prefer to draw on a tablet as well. The phone might be good in a pinch, but the Kindle is larger, and that makes it easier.

Try out a stylus like I suggested and see how that goes. And please, let me know either way. :)
 

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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2016, 08:12:42 am »
Is there anyone here who is planning to join us or follow along but isn't on facebook? We've got an active group going there and I'd like to know if we need to keep this thread alive as well. :)
 

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Re: Learning to Draw
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2018, 06:37:36 am »
bump!

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