Young Coal Miner

Young Coal Miner

By Richard Cheng

I started drawing and painting after I retired from my day job.

After spending time and money on three courses at drawing at an university extra-mural program, I felt that I have not benefited as much as I deserved – and I have to make a decision. Either I give up drawing altogether, and look for something else to pass my time, or I should forget about learning from these paid teachers and do it on my own.

As a result of deciding on self teaching, I purposely chose to learn human portraiture, simply because that I think that that genre of drawing would be the most challenging. I would cut photographs from newspapers and magazines (or any other sources), 5 to 10 pictures a day, and just doodled and copied studiously for a year and a half.

I think I have got a lot of things right. But I also know that I got a lot things wrong. And I also know that there must be a lot about drawing portraits that I do not even know.

I would like to learn how to draw in a classical way.

Young Coal Miner

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