A Drawing Journey

This is a good time of year to reflect on what you have and haven’t done. As I look back I’ve always dabbled in drawing or what I would rather call doodling. I’ve never really spent a lot of time practicing anything. I’ve made a decision that I need to focus time on this as I would love to be able to draw some of the crazy things in my head. My goal will simply be to improve.

I’m planning on spending time each day drawing. In preparation for this I’ve been looking through YouTube channels and trying to determine a path. In my search I ran across a channel called “Draw with Jazza”. This is Josiah (Jazza) Brooks channel where he has accumulated a ton of content around character creation and just general drawing skills and techniques. On another note the guy is also entertaining as well. Over the last couple weeks I believe I’ve watched 24+ hours of content that he has up for free. I’ve now bought his brush set, his book, and even some other peoples Photoshop brushes he mentioned. Good Job Jazza on your marketing skills!!!!

The Tools

I’ll be sticking to digital because well I’m a geek in the technology industry. I’ll be using a variety of equipment from my Surface Book, to my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, as well as a Wacom Intuos Tablet I have on my desktop. Man I wish I still had my Cintiq. Why do I have all these tools? Well I also have done photography and videography in the past so I used them for editing things.

I also subscribe to Adobe’s Creative Cloud so I will be leveraging a lot of Photoshop and other products in the suite as I deem necessary. Jazza happens to be an animator as well so who knows maybe I’ll jump into animation as well.

Stretch Goal

My stretch goal is to take some creation over the next six months to a year from sketch, to concept art, to 3D!!!! Those that follow me know I do software engineering and also work in 3D from time to time. I personally own a Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch, and Google Daydream. I’d love to build a game this year as well so putting this all together would be amazing. We shall see though as this is ambitious.

Where do I start?

Well I’m going to start in a vulnerable spot. I’m going to share what I’ve drawn each day in raw form. Hopefully we will see a progression along the way. I’m going to figure out the best way to share here on my blog so to not blast to many people. I may make a separate section for it. I’ll do a post when I figure that all out.

I also want to do some streaming raw of my attempts at things. I’ll be posting those to YouTube when I get over the nerves of sharing things hehe. Maybe I’ll even do a live stream at some point.

To start this is my first attempts at using construction lines to create a head. I’m struggling with changing the perspective but I’ll keep practicing.