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The Complete 365 Drawings

The challenge is completed. It was fun but daunting and occasionally extremely difficult. In the end, I’m happy with the project. Here is the complete list of all 365 drawings, one for every day of 2013:

  1. Russell Crowe Drawing
  2. Still Life with Oranges and Apple
  3. Alan Watts Pencil Drawing
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger Pencil Drawing
  5. Figure Drawing Proportions
  6. Figure Drawing Proportions Side View
  7. Figure Drawing Proportions Back View
  8. Drawing the Head
  9. Drawing the Head from the Side
  10. Drawing the Head from Extreme Angles
  11. Karl Pilkington Drawing
  12. My sister!
  13. How to Draw the Eyes
  14. How to Draw the Eyes Continued
  15. Guide to Direct Light
  16. Old Man Pencil Drawing
  17. Fun with a Pencil Part I
  18. Fun with a Pencil Part II
  19. Fun with a Pencil Part III
  20. Drawing my Hand
  21. Fun with a Pencil Part IV
  22. Vitamin D Bottle Pencil Drawing
  23. Fun with a Pencil Part V
  24. Pencil Sharpener Drawing
  25. Self Portrait Pencil Drawing
  26. My Hand Middle Finger Raised
  27. A Face, Drawn from Memory + Fun with a Pencil Part VI
  28. Playing Cards Drawing
  29. Drawing of the Brain – Black Marker on Cardboard
  30. Fun with a Pencil Part VII
  31. Drawing Picasso’s Igor Stravinsky Upside Down
  32. Drawing Davinci’s Skull Upside Down
  33. Handshake Drawn From Upside Down reference
  34. Leaf Drawing
  35. Drawing of a Three Person Figurine
  36. Gesture Drawings Session #1
  37. Blind and Modified Contour Drawing
  38. Strawberry Drawing in Pencil
  39. Modified Contour Drawing of my Hand
  40. Gesture Drawings Session #2
  41. Watching TV in Pencil
  42. Stereo and Cup Pencil Drawing
  43. Coffee Cup and Gesture Drawings Session #3
  44. Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Pencil Drawing
  45. Valentine’s Day
  46. Drawing some baby feet
  47. Another Drawing of my Hand
  48. Drawing of a Raven
  49. Negative Space Drawings
  50. Some Quick Feet Sketches + Gesture Drawings Session #4
  51. Roath Park Bridge Pen Drawing
  52. How to Draw the Nose
  53. Portrait of my Sister
  54. Pencil Drawing of Fake Flowers
  55. Drawing Bananas
  56. Potted Plant Drawing
  57. Gesture Drawings Session #5
  58. Drawing of Silver Tree on Black Paper
  59. Tom Woods Drawing
  60. Practicing Drawing Noses
  61. Practicing Drawing Shoes
  62. Drawing Table Objects
  63. Fun with a Pencil Part VIII
  64. Gesture Drawings Session 6 and Figure Drawing Practice
  65. More Figures + Gesture Drawings 7
  66. Bedroom Interior Line Drawing
  67. Coffee #1 Sketch
  68. Mark Gertler Self Portrait Copy
  69. Windowsill Drawing + More
  70. Folded Towel Drawing
  71. Nine Pages of Gesture Drawings
  72. Church Drawing
  73. John Taylor Gatto Drawing
  74. Fun with a Pencil Part IX
  75. Bedroom Shelf Drawing
  76. Mobile Phone Drawing
  77. Drawing of a Capuchin Monkey
  78. Drawing of my Shelves (Part 1)
  79. Pencil Drawing of Shelves (Complete)
  80. Nude Figure Drawing
  81. Benedict Cumberbatch Drawing
  82. Open Book Drawing and Wool Pencil Sketch
  83. Drawings of Forks
  84. Drawing of my Foot
  85. Bedside Lamp Drawing
  86. Gesture Drawing Mondays!
  87. Suli Breaks Drawing
  88. Xbox Controller Drawing
  89. Drawing Ears
  90. Drawing of Sir Jimmy Savile Inside an Easter Egg
  91. Negative Space Drawing Practice
  92. Drawing of a Young Ghandi
  93. Candle Drawing
  94. 8 Pages of Gesture Drawings
  95. Copy of a Richard Feynman Drawing
  96. Drawing the Calf
  97. Banana, Apple and Tangerine Still Life Drawing
  98. Waterloo Gardens Drawing
  99. Tape Dispenser Drawing
  100. Balloon Girl Drawing (in Colour!) – Drawing #100
  101. Drawing People on Reddit
  102. Extreme Face Drawing
  103. Drawing of my Brother Playing XBox
  104. Maia
  105. Drawing Bryguy49 on Reddit “Prospector Face”
  106. More Leg Practice
  107. Drawing for Reddit User Veryfancydoilies
  108. Dog Drawing
  109. Drawing Schnodda’s Brother
  110. Maia’s Ear
  111. Maia’s Hand
  112. Further Gesture Drawings
  113. Magnifying Glass Girl
  114. Drawing Hands
  115. Drawing More Hands
  116. Drawing More Hands… Some More
  117. Drawing CJ Boone’s Daughter
  118. Drawing Maia Asleep
  119. Don Draper Drawing
  120. Drawing Tiseye and her Mother
  121. Madame X Drawing
  122. Copy of a Carlos Ezquerra Drawing
  123. Copy of a Frederick Franck Drawing
  124. Girl in Bed with Pig
  125. Maia’s Hand Again
  126. Candle Holder Drawing
  127. Pose Maniacs Gesture Drawings
  128. Drawing of BlueElf
  129. Digital Camera Drawing
  130. Man and Dog Drawing
  131. Crosshatching Practice with Baby Noses
  132. Marlon Brando Drawing
  133. Mother and Baby Drawing
  134. Benny8897 Drawing
  135. Baby Cards on Shelf
  136. How to Draw Feet
  137. How to Draw Hands
  138. Maia Asleep Again
  139. Eye Drawing
  140. Some More Figure Drawing
  141. Drawing of Boxes
  142. Drawing of Reddit User IHaveARagingClue
  143. Wine Glass Colour Drawing
  144. Banana & Apple Still Life in Colour
  145. Quick Maia Sketches
  146. Drawing in the Park
  147. Hand Drawing from Life
  148. Maia Sleeping Sketch (Again)
  149. Tyrion Lannister Drawing
  150. Severus Snape Drawing
  151. More Figure Drawing Practice
  152. Some Noses
  153. The Structure of Man Day 1
  154. Joe Rogan Drawing
  155. Lips Drawing
  156. Maia in Charcoal
  157. Main in Charcoal (Again)
  158. RedditAdrian Drawing
  159. Some More Feet Drawings
  160. Another Drawing of a Foot
  161. Structure of Man and Gesture Drawing Practice
  162. Feet Front View
  163. Face Detail Drawing of Maia
  164. Kerrygold Butter Drawing
  165. Coconut Oil Drawing
  166. Life Drawing of Feet
  167. Cup and Coffee Beans Colour Pencil Drawing
  168. Drawing Reddit User GJab
  169. Practicing Noses
  170. Quick Eye Drawing
  171. Gesture Drawing Session 14
  172. Brian Rose London Real Drawing
  173. Drawing of an Eye in Profile View
  174. Baby and Monkey Drawing
  175. Josh Hutcherson Drawing
  176. John Lennon Drawing
  177. Alan Sugar Drawing
  178. Steve Buscemi Eyes
  179. Drawing of Keys
  180. Gary Oldman Drawing
  181. Several Drawings
  182. Half Way There
  183. Eye and Nose Theory
  184. Lips and Shadows
  185. Bald Man Drawing
  186. Fun with a Pencil X
  187. Man With a Pointy Nose Drawing
  188. Another Face
  189. Drawings of Eyes
  190. Life Drawing Session
  191. Drawing Commission
  192. Harry Potter Drawings
  193. Friday Figure Drawing Practice
  194. Saturday Figure Drawing Practice
  195. Bruce Lee Quote Drawing
  196. Paulo Coelho Drawing
  197. Some Noses
  198. Gandhi Drawing
  199. Reddit For_Drizzle Drawing
  200. Three Figures
  201. Drawing of Male Back
  202. Drawing of Female Back
  203. My (Hairy!) Legs
  204. Life Drawing Session #2
  205. Lady Lying Down
  206. Figure With a Sheet
  207. Drawing of a Sink
  208. Female Nude with a Sheet
  209. Drawing of an Egyptian Lady
  210. Gesture Drawing Session 15
  211. Face in Shadow
  212. Several Anatomical Drawings
  213. Life Drawing of Hands
  214. Drawing of a Hand on Knee
  215. Maia Foot Drawing
  216. Page of Anatomy Drawings
  217. Life Drawing Maia
  218. Life Drawing Session #3
  219. Biro Sketches
  220. Copy of a Claudia Rilling Drawing
  221. Crappy Sketches
  222. Copy of a Jon Demartin Drawing
  223. Copy of an Alphonse Mucha Drawing
  224. Copy of a Leonardo Da Vinci Profile
  225. Life Drawing Session #4
  226. Copy of an Egon Schiele Drawing
  227. Drawing of Curtains
  228. Richard Branson Drawing
  229. Drawing of Reddit User _WritersBlockPoet
  230. Box in Charcoal
  231. Faces and Sketches
  232. Life Drawing Session #5
  233. Drawing of my Hand Holding my Sketchbook
  234. Gesture Drawing Session #16
  235. Gurgle Magazine Drawings
  236. Danny DeVito Drawing
  237. Lee J Cobb Drawing
  238. Imagination Drawings
  239. Life Drawing Session #6
  240. Leigh Gallagher Copies
  241. Some More Comic Copies
  242. Lots of Eyes
  243. Gesture Drawings Session #17
  244. Naked Old Lady Drawing
  245. Michelangelo Copy
  246. Life Drawing Session #7
  247. Maia on her Front
  248. Exposed Drawing
  249. Draped Woman Laying Down
  250. Male Chest Drawing
  251. Maia and Davy Drawing
  252. Gesture Drawing Session 18
  253. Life Drawing Session #8
  254. Maia’s Fifth Month Birthday
  255. More Head Proportions
  256. Charles Darwin Drawing
  257. Profile Face Drawings
  258. Werner Herzog Drawing
  259. Jeffrey Tucker Drawing
  260. Gesture Drawing Session 19
  261. Albert Hoffman Drawing
  262. Carl Sagan Drawing
  263. Female Sitting Down From Behind Drawing
  264. Practicing Cubes
  265. Richard Herring Drawing
  266. Elliott Hulse Drawing
  267. Life Drawing Session #9
  268. Richard Feynman Drawing
  269. Further Noses
  270. Copy of a Pedro Matos Graffiti
  271. Clint Eastwood Caricature
  272. Lighthouse Drawing
  273. Superman Girl
  274. Life Drawing Session #10
  275. Mark Zuckerberg Drawing
  276. Nikola Tesla Drawing
  277. Abraham Lincoln Pen Drawing
  278. Drawings of Leaves
  279. John Krasinski Drawing
  280. Joey Coco Diaz Drawing
  281. Life Drawing Session #11
  282. Face Shading Practice
  283. Toy Dog Drawing
  284. Copy of Anatomy Studies
  285. Copy of a Wojtek Fus Drawing
  286. Chael Sonnen Drawing
  287. Bill Hicks Drawing
  288. Life Drawing Session #12
  289. Faces Drawn in Shadow
  290. Copy of Kamille Corry’s “Painter’s Hands”
  291. Drawing of a Baby’s Bib
  292. Reddit User itsalwaysfunny1
  293. Hand and Foot Drawing
  294. Drawing of MMA Fighters
  295. Drawing of a Fist
  296. Maia at Six Months
  297. Shigeru Miyamoto Drawing
  298. Gesture Drawing Session 20
  299. Mannequin Drawings
  300. Maia Sleeping in Charcoal
  301. Charcoal Drawing of Mannequinn
  302. Lady on Box
  303. More More Nose Practice
  304. Drawing of my Aunt
  305. Inside My Room
  306. More Mannequins
  307. Kurt Godel Drawing
  308. M. C. Escher Drawing
  309. Life Drawing Session 13
  310. Drawing of Johann Sebastian Bach
  311. Michelangelo Ideal Head
  312. Deer Hunter Drawing
  313. Beard Drawing
  314. Maia Big Eyes
  315. Tim Ferriss Drawing
  316. Life Drawing Session 14
  317. Reddit User Deleted
  318. Ron Paul Drawing
  319. Blade Runner Drawing
  320. Hunter S. Thompson Drawing
  321. Old Man With Mustache
  322. Jack Kerouac Drawing
  323. Life Drawing Session 15
  324. A Page of Sketches
  325. Judge Dredd Drawing
  326. Harry Browne Drawings
  327. Wardrobe Drawing
  328. Proko Nose
  329. Maia at 7 Months
  330. Life Drawing Session 16
  331. Another Drawing of my Sister
  332. Another Self Portrait
  333. Peter Jackson Drawing
  334. Skull
  335. Anchorman Drawing
  336. Girl with Big Lips
  337. Kenny Powers Drawing
  338. Samurai Drawing
  339. Wet Hair Nude
  340. Deadwood Drawing
  341. Regina Spektor Drawing
  342. Drawing of a Rose in Colour
  343. Gesture Drawing Session #21
  344. Drawing of Tom Hiddleston’s Eyes
  345. Drawing of me Holding a Towel
  346. Geoffrey Rush Drawing
  347. Chopper Drawing
  348. Pepper Shaker Drawing
  349. Ayn Rand Drawing
  350. Richard
  351. Aldous Huxley Drawing
  352. Nina Anniversary Drawing
  353. Donald Sutherland Drawing
  354. Brian Blessed Drawing
  355. Al Swearengen Drawing
  356. Pointing Forward
  357. Drawing of Girl in Top Hat
  358. Copy of a Matthias Grunewald Drawing
  359. Long Head Drawing
  360. Irvin D. Yalom Drawing
  361. Drawing of Reddit User quoth_the_phoenix
  362. Drawing of Maia’s Cousin
  363. Tony Soprano Drawing
  364. Stefan Molyneux Drawing
  365. Maia Carrying on the Torch
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Compilation of Davy’s February 2013 Drawings

Here are links to all my drawings from the month of February by order of day.

  1. Drawing Davinci’s Skull Upside Down
  2. Handshake Drawn From Upside Down reference
  3. Leaf Drawing
  4. Drawing of a Three Person Figurine
  5. Gesture Drawings Session #1
  6. Blind and Modified Contour Drawing
  7. Strawberry Drawing in Pencil
  8. Modified Contour Drawing of my Hand
  9. Gesture Drawings Session #2
  10. Watching TV in Pencil
  11. Stereo and Cup Pencil Drawing
  12. Coffee Cup and Gesture Drawings Session #3
  13. Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Pencil Drawing
  14. Valentine’s Day
  15. Drawing some baby feet
  16. Another Drawing of my Hand
  17. Drawing of a Raven
  18. Negative Space Drawings
  19. Some Quick Feet Sketches + Gesture Drawings Session #4
  20. Roath Park Bridge Pen Drawing
  21. How to Draw the Nose
  22. Portrait of my Sister
  23. Pencil Drawing of Fake Flowers
  24. Drawing Bananas
  25. Potted Plant Drawing
  26. Gesture Drawings Session #5
  27. Drawing of Silver Tree on Black Paper
  28. Tom Woods Drawing
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Day #037 – Blind and Modified Contour Drawing

I spent a long time today working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I would have continued further but the next exercise was advertised as needing at least an hour so I will have to save that for tomorrow.

The book first introduced the concept of “Blind Contour Drawing”. This is where you place your pencil on your paper and without looking at your hand simply follow along very carefully, milimetre-by-milimetre, with whatever you’re looking at. Ideally what you’re drawing should be quite intricate in nature so the closer you look the more lines you can follow. The palm of my hand is what I used as suggested in the book. This exercise supposedly works wonderfully to get you to shift out of your “Left Brain” and into the visual “R-Mode” so essential for drawing what is really there. I have to say I found it worked excellently and reminded me A LOT of the feeling you get when successfully meditating. A heightened awareness of all the detail and depth of everything. Apparently some seasoned artists use this exercise as a warm-up before drawing.

As you are not looking at what you’re doing the finished product will tend towards being something of a mess. In the book, however, Edwards argues that these scribbles are a different kind of mark than what your left-brain would ever create. That they have a kind of beauty in and of themselves. I’m not too sure mine are beautiful but I understand what she’s getting at. The marks are a different sort of sensitivity.

First attempt at blind contour drawing

 

If you’re not sure about whether you should try Blind Contour Drawing then this quote from Betty Edwards about what you can expect if you give it a go might convince you:

Whatever the actual reason may be, I can assure you that Pure Contour Drawing will permanently change your ability to perceive. From this point onward, you will start to see in the way an artist sees and your skills in seeing and drawing will progress rapidly.

The next exercise required some preparation. I’d bought the materials a few weeks back but hadn’t yet put them together. I was required to create a ‘view-finder’ by cutting a 6″ x 7 5/8″ square out of a piece of thick card. I then had to clip some clear plastic to the back of this viewfinder and place vertical and horizontal lines on it with a non-permanent marker. It looks like this:

Viewfinder

 

The next exercise, then, was to literally hold my left hand against this transparent plane and almost ‘trace’ over it. By keeping one eye closed and your head very still you can then create accurate perspective drawings of very difficult hand positions. Although this very much feels like “cheating” the exercise, apparently, helps enormously in seeing things properly. A letter from Van Gogh to his brother Theo is reprinted in the book where he discusses using a similar implement which he devised himself. Well if it’s good enough for Van Gogh…

After completing the contour drawing I’ve placed it over a piece of white paper to photograph it effectively:

First attempt at a contour drawing through my viewfinder

Second attempt at a contour drawing through my viewfinder

 

Finally I’ll leave you with another quote from the book which I liked. Edwards is answering the question “If what drawing essentially is is accurately copying what is in front of us, why not just take photographs?”

Also, your style of line, choices for emphasis, and subconscious mental processes–your personality, so to speak–enters the drawing. In this way, again paradoxically, your careful observation and depiction of your subject give the viewer both the image of your subject and an insight into you. In the best sense, you have expressed yourself.

 

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Compilation of Davy’s January 2013 Drawings

Here are links to all my drawings from the month of January by order of day.

  1. Russell Crowe Drawing
  2. Still Life with Oranges and Apple
  3. Alan Watts Pencil Drawing
  4. Arnold Schwarzenegger Pencil Drawing
  5. Figure Drawing Proportions
  6. Figure Drawing Proportions Side View
  7. Figure Drawing Proportions Back View
  8. Drawing the Head
  9. Drawing the Head from the Side
  10. Drawing the Head from Extreme Angles
  11. Karl Pilkington Drawing
  12. My sister!
  13. How to Draw the Eyes
  14. How to Draw the Eyes Continued
  15. Guide to Direct Light
  16. Old Man Pencil Drawing
  17. Fun with a Pencil Part I
  18. Fun with a Pencil Part II
  19. Fun with a Pencil Part III
  20. Drawing my Hand
  21. Fun with a Pencil Part IV
  22. Vitamin D Bottle Pencil Drawing
  23. Fun with a Pencil Part V
  24. Pencil Sharpener Drawing
  25. Self Portrait Pencil Drawing
  26. My Hand Middle Finger Raised
  27. A Face, Drawn from Memory + Fun with a Pencil Part VI
  28. Playing Cards Drawing
  29. Drawing of the Brain – Black Marker on Cardboard
  30. Fun with a Pencil Part VII
  31. Drawing Picasso’s Igor Stravinsky Upside Down

I also uploaded the following miscellaneous posts:

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Analyzing the Faulty Vanishing Points on my Pencil Sharpener Drawing

Mike Culhane was kind enough to explain the concept of vanishing points with some visual illustrations using my pencil sharpener drawing which had a slightly wonky perspective. The explanation and two images with construction lines added below are a result of his generosity in helping a stranger out!

How to use vanishing points

 

 

The difference is subtle (my original wasn’t too ridiculous) but noticeable when the lines are added. You can see that in my original the object isn’t’ converging into a single point as things tend to do as they get further away. Instead my lines are mostly parallel or even going away from each other!

Mike also suggested a certain book to me which was rather unsettling. I actually remember owning the exact book as a child when I was into comics! It’s called How to Draw Comics the “Marvel” Way and I actually recall really loving that book even though I never actually bothered to learn much of anything from it if my old childhood drawings are anything to go by. I think I was a lazy child… at 28 I’m trying to improve on that character trait… if only a tiny bit at a time! Anyway, because of the childhood connection and the strong recommendation I snap purchased it so that’s on its way. I’m actually well on my way to developing a decent library of drawing books! Tally-ho!

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The Danger of Shading

I got some good advice from a Mike Culhane regarding shading which I’ll share here to remind myself and for anybody else reading:

When you are drawing an object (especially something that is as basic a shape as this), it is always important to start with a perfectly drawn shape. Do a few quick sketches even, to get the perspective just right.

A solid base will help you throughout the rest of the drawing.

Also in general I would move away from shading everything at this point. Shading can give quite a bit of detail, but unless you are a master draftsman, you will end up using it as a crutch to hide your mistakes (or overlook your own mistakes while getting obsessive over shading).

A good example (images chosen randomly from google image search) of this can be seen in these images:

Heavily shaded…  

vs this image

or this image

The first image looks great at first glance, and the artist is obviously quite skilled. But the construction of the hand itself is off, especially when compared to the much simpler drawings, which are focusing on the construction of the

I am sometimes guilty of spending more time on shading than I do on practicing the more core skill of replicating form accurately. I’ll try to keep this in mind moving forwards.

Edit: Mike expanded upon this with the following anecdote about art school:

Also, regarding shading in general, when I got into art school the very first thing they had us do was stop shading. The reason for this is it helped us to focus on our actual drawing, and even though it seemed like a step back at the time, helped me out immensely.