He Spent 6 Months Teaching Himself To Draw, And By The End, He Was A Master
Drawing is one of those abilities that’s usually a combination of raw talent and learned skill, but RedditorBlenderGuru recently aimed to prove that the latter factor plays a greater role than most people think.
His goal? To teach himself how to draw in six months. It started out kind of shaky, but the end results are pretty incredible. While this outcome certainly isn’t typical, it does go to show you that a little dedication can go a long way.
Here’s where his journey started. Not the worst, but certainly not the best.
For the first two months, he stuck to charcoal drawings to get a handle on form.
To be fair, he didn’t start from a place of zero skill. That being said, his rapid progress is impressive.
This one looks pretty good, but BlenderGuru says that people only like this portrait because they’ve never seen the reference image.
He joked that choosing references with atypical features (like this guy’s infamous scars) distracted from his inability to capture exact likenesses in the beginning.
Once he felt comfortable using traditional materials, he stepped into the digital realm…which was nowhere near as easy as he thought it’d be.
With some practice, however, he mastered the basics.
After that, he started adding color.
Here’s an awesome look into his process.
I think it’s safe to say that he reached his goal.
When asked how many hours he practiced, BlenderGuru said that he put in between two and four hours hours during the week, and between 15 and 20 hours on the weekend, which is a serious amount of time.
If you think you have a little raw talent hiding out in there, why not give this approach a try?