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!