Okay, now that you all think I’ve utterly lost the plot. Let me explain my little joke.
About a year ago, my daughter who was turning sixteen at the time started showing an interest in Anime and more importantly in drawing it.
I’m no art snob. Art is art. (If they can call a blob of paint on a canvas art then anime is art too)
I feel as long as you are creating and loving what you are doing then you are an artist! And naturally I was uber proud, my little girl is loving what her mommy loves. Art!
Anyway, I digress, Willo (pronounced Willow) started doing anime, but at first, she was tracing all her drawings.
Again, this didn’t bother me, because I’ve heard that tracing is a great way to teach your hand and eye to see things as they really are.
I wish someone had taught me that tidbit when I was learning. I spent many flopped drawings free-handing before I eventually got the hang of the hand eye thing.
Back to the story – Willo spent a while doing everything via tracing then she inherited a sketch book out my studio that was A3 (I don’t like working that big) and for some reason she decided she was ready to free-hand.
I was gob-smacked at the results.
Not only does she sketch at lightning speed, but her accuracy is astounding for someone who for all intents and purposes is a beginner!
And she’s a drawing fiend, she’s already nearly filled that sketch book and inherited another out my studio.
(And that was the important part of this rambling post. That Tracing is a great way to learn to draw)
She’s also claimed some of my cheaper art supplies, like my spectrum noir color pencils. I had all five sets, and although they are good for crafters, they are horrible for fine art. So Willo got those too. I’m happy to hand over the supplies I don’t use to encourage her to keep going.
Now I’ll tell you why I need the security guard….
Willo needed black color pencil so I gave her my spare black polycromos.
She discovered the difference between epic art supplies and mediocre art supplies.
To keep her from raiding my Polychromos drawers I gave her my set of 24 Drewent Drawing color pencils….
Oh boy… She’s hell on color pencils. She’s burning through them and eyeing the door to my studio with wicked intent.
And she’s complaining about the paper in the second sketch book.
*considers buying a lock for art supply cupboard*
Now do you see why I need a security guard?!?
Have a lovely Sunday, dear-ones