First Portrait Drawing Of My Son
by Jeannie H.
(Hilliard, OH USA)
One of the things I've always wanted to learn to do was draw. I've never felt like I had any artistic talent and was jealous of those who did.
My kids signed up to take drawing lessons from a local store, and at the end of the class, I listened in on what they were doing. The teacher had suggested to the children that they try using grids, and that really caught my attention.
When I got home, I decided to give it a try myself. I was shocked at how well the portrait turned out for a first timer! I'm so inspired now!
I've since purchased a few drawing books and have learned a lot so far.
Here is a portrait of my son Zach. The art teacher said he would frame it! He said that he wouldn't even make any changes to it. What a compliment!
Note from Kerry:
Drawing with the aid of a grid is definitely a great encouragement tool!
It's lovely to hear (should I say - see?) the excitement in your voice because drawing definitely does introduce more fun and interest into our lives.
You have produced a fantastic drawing of your son and it's hard to believe you are a first-timer. I agree with the drawing instructor, you should frame it. I am sure Zach will always treasure it. Have you remembered to sign the back and date it?
I'm going to go down memory lane here as I remember when I did my first upside down drawing and how it boosted my confidence showing me that I could actually draw.
Then, when I first used a grid, I was just like you - completely amazed and excited that I could produce a portrait. (You can see a drawing of my granddaughter on that page.)
The beauty of grids is that it teaches us something (imperceptible) and it comes to pass that we don't need grids to continue producing amazing drawings.
Thanks Jeannie, for sharing the start of your drawing experience with us, I will look forward to watching your progress.