Let's get one thing straight. Nobody was born with an ability draw.
I’m assuming, as you're reading this, that you are struggling with your drawing. You might think that you just haven’t got the talent, whatever that is, but I can assure you, it is, like any other skill, something you can learn to do.
The question is: how does one learn to draw?
Many of us will have waded through Youtube videos about ‘how to draw the eye’, followed by ‘how to draw the ear’ and so on. You may have even developed a certain aptitude for rendering these parts. After all, the likelihood of actually being taught how to draw in a college or school these days, is pretty slim. Unless you have a spare £5000 or so to attend an Atelier.
'admitting we are crap can be cathartic, opening the doorway to great improvement.'
Your self-esteem, and dare I call it, ego, may have been massaged by words of encouragement from well-meaning friends and family.
This can be the most harmful to your progress. But they are not to blame, it is up to you to get tough, you owe it to yourself. Sooner or later you will have to face up to that niggling feeling, deep down, that something is not right.
You dutifully assemble your parts of the face, or try to put together a cohesive drawing, but it never quite looks right.
After hours of careful rendering, you stand back, and that all too familiar sinking feeling washes over you.
Oh the disappointment!, the frustration!. You tilt your head, try to reassure yourself that it’s OK, you retreat from the cold truth of the situation and seek reassurance from those friends and family that always find a nice word to say.
For those of us wanting to be the best we can be, there comes a time when admitting we are crap can be cathartic, opening the doorway to great improvement.
‘’This technique, if followed through as described, with accompanying videos, will save you 20 years of struggle.’’
Despite the title, the training method I am going to show you isn’t that hard. It just requires a bit of persistence and discipline.
I learned this technique from a master Artist called Michael Britton. He, like those before him, handed down such time tested techniques, going back as far as William Merrit Chase, down to Edwin Dickenson and finally Michael Britton’s mentor, Francis Cunningham (You can look them up, if you like).
To be clear, this sort of thing would have been done centuries before, all be it using rudimentary equipment like a wooden frame with string tied in a grid like fashion to check proportions.
So, what I am saying is this: it works. It's not a new gimmick to master drawing over night, but it speeds up progress significantly. It's worth trying, even for a proficient draftsman.
Accurately capturing the overall proportion, namely the height and width ratio of subject, and transferring it, succinctly and confidently, to the work surface is the aim.
Most crucially of all, you will learn how to check the drawing, and how to fix it when it goes wrong. And it will go wrong.
This technique, if followed through as described, with accompanying videos, will save you 20 years of struggle. 20 YEARS!
In several short months, you will have built a foundation that will last you a lifetime, and I’m talking about painting too, not just drawing. Most painting problems are also drawing ones.
And by the way, this is all free.