One day, while trying to draw a person, I had this inner dialogue.
“You really suck at drawing people.”
“I know. I’ll never be able to do illustrations if I can’t draw people.”
“Well, you better practice a lot, then.”
“Oh! I guess I can do something about sucking. I can work at it.”
So I do. I sketch people as much as I can. Sketching people on the métro in Paris makes the time go quickly, helps me see people in new ways and gives me lots of practice. I have learned to target people at the other end of the car so they don’t know I’m drawing them. The people who are easiest to draw are engrossed in a book, a magazine or in their phone. I also have to sketch quickly because the subject may get off at the next stop.
The great benefit of doing this is seeing a lot of images that suck interspersed with a few that I actually love. I am slowly learning what works and what doesn’t.
Here’s a peek into my sketchbook, a couple of days’ worth of people sketching on the métro.
What do you stink at that you’re working to improve? Dish in a comment below.