When it comes to hobbies and interests, I’m the type of person who starts something and usually abandons it half-finished. Girl Scouts, ballet, gymnastics, knitting, wire-working… Eventually, my love of the activity fades and I leave it by the wayside.
Thankfully, that hasn’t been the case with drawing (or writing for that matter). Back in high school, I was president of Art Club. Not due to any amount of skill I had, but because I was enthusiastic to take up the role. My friends all had paintings and drawings in library displays, while I did little more than draw cartoon characters with big eyes and no noses.
Almost a year ago, I mentioned a goal to create a portrait of all my many characters. I figured I’d hire out because my own digital work wasn’t up to my standards. I did find a Fiverr artist I really like, but at $25 per digital painting (which is actually a great deal), it would get expensive quick.
So I buckled down and returned to my practice of drawing characters. I finally started getting the hang of drawing them with some consistency, not in color, mind you, but still, you could tell it was the same character.
As I moved on to try to draw other characters beyond my four POVs, my husband made an off-hand comment about how my characters lacked expression. Beyond a hint of a smile on a couple of the faces, there wasn’t much beyond neutral in all my drawings. I sighed because I knew he was right. Like with previous projects, I scrapped my progress and started over, this time aiming to exaggerate.
I’ve completed eight portraits in the past couple of weeks, complete with color. This deviates from my previous drawings in that I did it completely digitally. I’m finally getting comfortable with my laptop with the pressure sensitive screen, so much so that I find myself reaching to the top corner to hit undo before realizing I’m using pencil and paper.
Here is my current progress, which I have to admit, I am pretty proud of.
Top Row: LaTonya (POV), Derek (POV), Alissandria
Middle Row: Naomi, Jebaliah
Bottom Row: Alistair, MaTisha (POV), Cameron (POV)
I’ve still got dozens of characters in my brain, and I’m not sure how to capture their personalities in simple portraits. But I’m sure going to try. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to create my mega map of interconnected characters. 🙂
I swear I am actually writing in addition to all this drawing. In fact, I finished another chapter this past week. I just can’t write while I’m conversing with my family because my brain can’t handle the interruptions. But I can draw and color while hanging with my kids or catching up on the day with my husband.
Do you have any character drawings you really like? Who are some of your favorite artists?