Yeah, I’ve started work on my drawing of Ikari, like I SAID I would. I posed and rendered a SubDragon in DAZ Studio, and attempted to use that as a reference. At first, I couldn’t even decide where to start, but I eventually decided to start with the feet and work upwards. After two MINUTES, I decided to start with the head, instead – I can NOT draw dragons’ feet. However, that wasn’t really a great idea either, because I also can’t draw dragon heads. That’s ABOUT where I started to murmur about how shit I was at art, and questioning myself why the hell I was even trying. Every single mistake I made (And trust me, I make A LOT of mistakes ), my brain just thought of a new and fruitier insult, which I’d grumble to myself.
I was getting really REALLY frustrated with myself. I WANT to draw dragons, and I know I CAN do it (to a minor degree of awesomeness ), but… it wasn’t really showing as I drew the basic shape. I know there’re things that you have to do to draw well and prevent brain hemorrhage while doing so, such as using construction lines (ovals for the body and circles for the fingers and stuff)… but ah, I don’t do that, because, quite honestly, I don’t even believe it helps. My technique level is pretty much, ZERO. I’ve no knowledge of anatomy (and quite frankly, I couldn’t give a crap, because it’s horrifyingly boring ), I suck at shading, I have no idea how you can show a light source in a pencil drawing, I can’t seem to draw in such a way as to make the image look 3D, my perspective drawing skills are pathetic, and I sometimes get into a situation where I’m confused about how to draw something (YES, I KNOW, that’s really retarded… ). I basically just draw and hope for the best… which isn’t usually what I get. It’s as if I have a very specific physical disability which prevents me from being able to draw well, no matter how hard I try.
I watched a speed painting of a dragon a while back (it was recommended to me on YouTube for some reason, when all I usually do is watch YouTube Poops and Red Zone remixes ), and it was pretty impressive… but that guy didn’t use construction lines or anything. Nor did he make a single mistake. He just DID IT, just like that. From nothing to fully coloured, IN ABOUT TWO HOURS. I still don’t believe that it was legit – I don’t know how he could CHEAT, but… seriously, AS IF you can just draw a perfect dragon, or a perfect ANYTHING, without making ANY mistakes… that’s like playing MegaMan and completing it without getting damaged. IMPOSSIBLE.
I NEARLY gave up on this about four times. But I promised myself that I would finish it, and I FORCED myself to keep going, even if it killed me. Eventually, I started to concentrate properly. And slowly… VERY slowly, the drawing started to come together. I (through some miracle) managed to finish the basic head shape, although I CANNOT even BEGIN to understand how to draw the underside of a dragon’s head when he’s looking upwards and to the side, like this:
Whatever I do, it looks SHIT. Even with a reference. Maybe it’s something I can only do in colour? I dunno – you tell me.
I also managed to get the body shape down, and finish the arms and hands, too. In his right hand, he is holding a staff, which looks okay, but it looks TOO "flat". My aim isn’t to make this impossibly realistic – it’s only a cartoon-style drawing, but I at LEAST want it to look a LITTLE bit 3D… His hands aren’t bad, and his arms are okay, too – apart from his left arm, which I just can’t seem to draw right for an unknown reason. Maybe its these chest plates which are throwing me off a little.
Yep, the chest plates are there already, and it’s the only specific thing in the drawing which I can say "that looks GOOD" to, at the minute. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have any chest muscles, because I can’t friggin’ do them, because either the chest plates are confusing me, or I’m a retard. Probably the latter.
He has wings, which don’t look too bad, but again, my perspective skillz are totally non-existent. His tail is finished, and it has these small spikes in the side of the tail, which would look cool if I could actually do them right. His legs are done, but yes, as is quite usual for me, I’ve left a fairly critical detail out. The poor dragon doesn’t even have any feet.
I’ll draw them tomorrow (it’ll probably take me about an hour or two ), and then I can start adding details and stuff. I have to say, though, he doesn’t look bad – he’s really beginning to look like Ikari. By the time I’m done with him tomorrow, he WILL be Ikari. Hopefully. He just won’t be wearing robes – I’ll have to try and transfer him onto another sheet of paper before I even ATTEMPT that. I’d show you what he looks like so far, but I can’t use the scanner right now, and I might as well just show you the complete version tomorrow. He’s not gonna be coloured, but I’ll get him coloured eventually. I bet that colouring him will increase his WIN factor by at LEAST 3%.
Anyhoo, I’m off. I’ll see yas later!