The more I look at the work I’m producing at the moment the more I feel that my sketching and inking are still quite poor. I really need to find that looseness and free feeling which I see in the sketches of other artists which I like.
I do have some degree of difficulty controlling my hands for very fine motor tasks because of the pain condition I have (or it may be because of the medication I have to take for that) but I think, with some effort, I can overcome it, or at least work around it.
So, I’m going to try to sketch or ink something every day for a year. Sometimes it’s going to be a full-on attempt at a fine art sketch and sometimes it’ll be something small and fun, but I want to do it almost everyday. (I’m going to make Sunday’s optional because it’s my rest day.)
Yesterday I got two seasons of Naruto DVD’s delivered. I’ve read the manga before but I’ve not really watched the anime series. So, for my first sketch I drew a classic face-off scene between Naruto and his rival/friend Sasuke from the first series. Here’s a photo I took of the scene from my TV:
And this is the sketch…
I don’t want my sketching to turn into full scale drawing so I gave myself a 15 minute time limit. I concentrated on trying to draw loose but good lines. It was tricky because everytime I relaxed I went back into my old, tight, way of drawing and I had to keep remembering to try to do it differently. I really enjoyed it though.