Question: Hello Lachri
I am a Spanish girl who loves your drawings and learning to draw. I took about 7 months, practicing self-taught mainly doing some tutorials or making copies of photos or drawings. But it still takes time for medium or large compositions and especially to have a background, so bored me and makes me want to quit. I used pen, pastel, crayon and watercolor now finally. But watercolor seems a bit limited when painting and very difficult to handle. I want to move on to acrylic or try Prismacolor pencils, I love the result of these pens.
My question is, I rolled up me more, that exercises or practice advise me to progress without getting bored in the attempt
Thanks Lachri and thanks for the videos that you put.
I can totally relate to your issue here! One of the reasons I work in so many mediums is so that I don’t get bored. Colored pencil is one of the slowest mediums ever to work in. I can’t do too many colored pencil pieces in a row before I get impatient. I can get a 16×20″ acrylic painting done in a couple of days. That same amount of work would take me 2 weeks in colored pencil.
One option you have is mixed media, which it sounds like you’re starting to play with more. Watercolor is quite difficult to get the hang of but once you do, you can create amazing paintings with the medium. You can go from a loose and soft look to photorealism with watercolor if you’re willing to take the time to learn the medium. Inktense may also be something you would enjoy using to save time on your background. They are similar to watercolor in that they lay down quite fast, but being ink they are permanent when dry. This allows for layering and glazing in a different way than you would do with watercolor.
The thing with art is that no matter what medium you’re working in, certain concepts are still going to apply. Composition, lighting, shadows, contrast. No matter which medium you choose to work in, you’re perfecting these things. I paint or draw at least 6 days a week. It is easy to get bored when you work that much, so I rotate between oil painting, acrylic painting, colored pencil, graphite and now inktense. Sometimes I mix these mediums to keep it even more interesting 🙂