No more than four or five drawings later, including this Meadow Pipit, I’d thrown in the towel. I wasn’t happy with what I was capable of, and wasn’t really prepared to invest the time and patience it would take to improve. Why I’d set such high expectations and misplaced optimism for myself in a discipline in which I was totally inexperienced, I have no idea. Where ever possible, I tend to teach myself things – photography, coding, web development, etc rather than read the manual. It makes me feel like I’m saving time, but it’s a false economy. It would be at least another 3 years before I decided to pick up a pencil again.
I quite enjoyed art at school. I don’t really remember being taught anything in art lessons, but I do remember mucking about quite a lot and occasionally producing something that slightly surprised me. I was never any better than an average pupil when it came to art, and it went ... Read more
Around four years later, I decided to pick up a pencil again. The subject this time was a Common Green Forest Lizard (Calotes calotes), which is found in India and Sri Lanka. I’d taken the reference photograph in the Sinharaja rainforest in Sri Lanka on a trip earlier in 2017. ... Read more