I received some great drawing advice lately, which I am very thankful for and I wanted to share some advice I got several years ago.

I used to meet with my art mentor every Sunday at a local coffee shop that is located in the mall. He was trying to help me expand into comic art. At that time pretty much all I could draw were portraits. He would bring action figures in with him and we would draw them the same way you would a wooden mannequin. One day he brought in a pair of plastic robots. They were pretty much made up of squares; they held a sword and shield and were supposed to be huge. I think it was a power ranger’s thing. Anyways, he hands this toy to me and tells me to draw what I see. I’m thinking this is going to be easy, so I draw the boxes and connect them and slowly form it into the robot. I added the weapons and was rather proud of it. I look up at his drawing and there was the robot, weapons in hands, leaping into the air with one leg straight and one jutted up. He had the sun burning behind it making the shadows awesome. He looked at my sketch and said “I told you to draw what you see, not what you are looking at.”

Wow, that still sticks with me to this day!

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Comment by Jeanmarie on June 13, 2014 at 7:41pm

Great advice and very inspiring. Thank you!

Comment by Thom Futrell on June 14, 2014 at 4:00pm

Thank you!

Comment by michele josiane martin on June 18, 2014 at 7:52pm

, i keep on reminding myself of that.

Comment by Thom Futrell on June 20, 2014 at 1:00pm

lol same here

Comment by Elizabeth Severinson on June 27, 2014 at 8:10pm

What great advice to be reminded of!! Thank you, I need to be!! LOL

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