I normally work from background to foreground... but quite often I will "block off" foreground areas early so I can get a feel for how it will turn out. I did so for this because I wasn't sure on how dark to make the foreground people and "furniture"

An early pencil sketch I did, about 2 months after I started drawing (in my mid-40s). And the first time I thought "Yeah, that's half decent".

The Shambles, York, England.

Wish I'd started drawing earlier TBH, instead I spent decades wishing I could draw without ever trying to see whether or not I could. Long work hours didn't help matters.

One of the biggest lessons I got from drawing is that it is OK to fail, it is the doing that counts.

And it is also not necessarily a "failure" if an artwork doesn't come out how you'd initially imagined. Some people may actually like those things you consider to be a "failure".

This was one of the earliest pencil drawings I did.

I still don't particularly like it as I was personally coming out of a very dark place at the time after a life changing health issue.

Also the light in the picture isn't bright enough for my liking🙄

I did like the monochrome black & white aesthetic however.

This was also the first drawing I showed to my friends.

This was the first digital art I ever attempted. I had been pencil sketching for about 18 months. I wanted to see how the digital oil painting worked.

As I was learning how the the different brushes in the ArtRage app worked, instead of trying to paint a scene I just abstractly painted the blocks of colour I saw without any attempt to work out what they actually are.

Looking back on this now, I might try and do more using this method.

Digital Oil Painting.

An old painting I did, part of my continuing attempt to teach myself to draw/paint "brightness".

Another old digital oil painting, and another attempt to paint "brightness".

Dark/Light is a theme I repeatedly seem to return to.

Another old digital oil painting... and yes it is yet another where I am attempting to paint "brightness". Looking back, it was a recurring theme. And it probably still is TBH. This one is a lot "looser" than my usual.

An old pencil sketch where I tried to get away from drawing something totally "realistic"

This is an example of me fighting my tendency towards literal a representation rather than an abstract one. I eventually avoided drawing ever single building in the photograph.

Aerial view over Florence, Italy.

I love the way a few wiggly lines can trick the brain into thinking that a surface is uneven.

This was an early drawing by me, when I was teaching myself drawing techniques.

I also really like the artwork of Bridget Riley, who did this sort of stuff decades ago.

@Curator Tne version of the App I use is no longer available, as it has been rebranded as ArtRage Vitae Mobile Painting. But I think it is still pretty much the same App.

@GrumpyMark A common problem, it seems ): But the important thing is you did finally start! And you're doing great.

@eishiya Yeah, a lack of both time and confidence caused me to not draw for 3 decades. Silly really.

@GrumpyMark this is the hardest part for me. Thanks for the reminder.

@GrumpyMark I like your drawings they are pretty good and I’m happy you are sharing them :)
Sadly a lot of people still think drawing is something someone is good at because of talent. It’s never too late to start learning how to do it though

@merlinnea Yes... I actually enjoy the learning process and even if I dont like something I've done then it doesn't take away the enjoyment I get from actually trying.

And also that if I don't like something it doesn't necessarily make that drawing bad. It just means that I don't like it.

@GrumpyMark Love the atmosphere 😍 it's absolutely amazing for two months of drawing!

@GrumpyMark Ooh I love the style of this, all the blocks and textures - very cool :D

@Curator Thanks. Sometimes I struggle in that I tend to attempt to draw what is actually there (i.e what are the physical objects I am drawing) rather than what I see... just drawing the blocks of colour might break me out of this habit and makes things a bit more impressionistic.

@GrumpyMark Ah for sure. I have a lot of great digital painter friends who paint with big square or rectangle brushes for this purpose, so they can focus on general shapes and where the light and shadows are and stuff :D


mission accomplished
but the shadows of the big tree center right are off

@GrumpyMark I climbed that thing back in the early 90's. I got halfway up to where the dome starts, looked up, looked down, and noped out of there. (vertigo sucks sometimes)

@Robiscuit Thanks.

I find that trying to make clouds look vaguely realistic rather than cartoonish really difficult. Probably because, in reality, a lot of clouds viewed in isolation actually do actually look quite cartoonish.

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