Why to learn how to draw, my humble point of view
Artwork by Rodrigo Leal
Since I was discarded from my job as a security systems engineer because i was over 54 (that is some kind of trend on not just a few European schools of management…), I devoted myself to what looked to be to me an hidden passion for painting.
Now, almost seven years of a self-taught oil painting path, not yet fulfilled as far as I am concerned about what I think is correct and pleasant to my eyes, I reached a point where everything drove to that point where the lack of minimum drawing skills and hard work on what looks to be the fundamental basis of all art stands as a must goal.
I tried hard to sketch, draw, copy from any medium whatsoever, for hours and hours of hard work, but my inability to get at least reasonable forms, proportions, likeness of what I try to redraw is driving me completely frustrated and crazy.
If not my endless will of stepping over it, I would have quit before. But because of that passion for it, I did not and I will not.
Having tried a lot of things, I arrived to the Web and Drawing Art Academies, and it could be possible that with your help I might reached a point of knowledge and skill that satisfies me enough to go on and follow my own path.
The photo of my incomplete try to copy one of Rembrandt´s self-portrait, taken more then one year ago, which in fact has changed a lot since then with layers and layers of ink with the goal of arriving to a more realistic copy of it, is a proof of my inabilities. It is well said by many that trying to copy other´s works is a good practice, and should be done as a means to reach to a skill. I have tried it, from da Vinci and Rembrandt´s self-portraits to more common pictures of normal people of our present. No success at all.
Draw, sketch, anatomy, forms shadowing – I know that I need some guidance. Maybe I can get it from you.