It’s been a while since I drew a finalized piece in graphite. Funny, considering that’s all I used to draw with and what I know the best. Maybe that’s why I haven’t been doing them much.
Once I start to get the hang of a new skill, I have a habit of dropping it for something novel. I’m a wannabe jack-of-all-trades. It’s not necessarily bad, but it means I rarely give myself the chance to master anything.
That’s why my blog pots are always jumping around so much from one medium and technique to the next. It won’t stop being that way either; it’s a huge part of how I stay motivated.
But this year I want to focus on improving skills I’m already familiar with, along with everything else. Like drawing in graphite for example.
Thus this drawing:
My goal for this was to complete it quickly (well, quickly for me) without worrying about every single little detail. I’ve come to realize that you can obtain realism without that.
This drawing is still really detailed obviously, but you have no idea how much less precise it is. And that’s exactly the point; no one can tell if you missed some details (not even the artist). It’s more about values and proportion etc.