Originally published http://www.rennatatropeano.com/growingunique/?p=147
The hardest part about learning to draw is learning to see. Even though I used the lines of the towel to help me, My own learned perceptions still came into play. I drew the plate bigger and rounder than it is.
On the other hand, I drew the open part of the cup as much more of an ellipse.
In this image I have used a graphics program to layer the two images together. I find that this can be helpful in helping me “see” what is off.
This comparison also shows the difference in color. Yes, I am drawing a white teacup, but only a few highlight spots are actually white.
Most of the photograph is in the mid tones, neither dark nor light. What I have drawing is mostly darks and highlights.
Usually when I point things like this out, the first words I hear are “Don’t be so critical, your art work looks great.”
Being critical is how we learn. The important thing to avoid is being a critic of my own work. Each thing I said about has an easy and specific fix.
It is all too easy to look at problems with our own art work and become a critic. “I suck at drawing. I can’t draw teacups.” Those are the thoughts to avoid, as there is not a specifc fix for either.
They are just negative and completely without merit. By focusing on what you can do to improve, it allows you to see what needs fixing and usually how to fix it.
There is not a quick and easy answer, the only way to improve the way we see things and get them down on paper is practice. Different Instructors will suggest different ways, but there is not a right way and a wrong way. It is a matter of what works for you.