I...I can't sketch. I do artwork, but I don't sketch. I just don't. I doodle sometimes, but if anything good ever comes out of it I trace and trace and trace back over it until I've got something. I'm too uncomfortable with drawing and I am unable to express or even really get started on some great ideas because of this great mental roadblock I've set upon myself.
So, I'm just going to start sketching. Faces, guestures, blind contours, self-portraits, whatever I can think of. After a little while I'm just going to start jotting down the first thing that comes to mind. I don't care whatever it looks like, I want to start getting stuff down without worrying about stuff being perfect. That is my goal.
Thus, I present my daily sketchbook. I'm going to post something every day in hopes that progress will be achieved over time. While I cannot match the level this forum has set for itself, I can step ever-closer to being able to just sketch whatever ideas are floating around in my head, even if there's nothing there to begin with. I want to become a professional artist by my 21st birthday (March 2005) so I'm going to work hard every day and progress as best as I can.
Besides, I'm only 19. I have plenty of time.
Here's what I did today (Nov. 12th):
Random face images from reference (except a couple that i tried to sketch on my own). Notice how thick and choppy my lines are. I'm pecking at the image. I should just draw what I want, but there's a huge mental block on that and I aim to destroy it.
Some basic heads as I try to figure out just what I'm trying to learn through all these head studies, as well as a couple of blind contour drawings (they were so blind I didn't notice I ran over a previous head. See? I don't cheat! I swear!)
The blind contours of the faces I had previously drawn.
Aaaaaaaaand a bunch of heads and circles and crap.
As you can see, I'm not a very confident artist. But I want to be. I want to be so badly. I need to learn how to relax and establish a true connection between my pencil and my brain. I know this will take a lot of work, but I think I can do it.