I’m back with another quick tip. This is probably one of the number one art tips that I would give myself if I could go back in time and talk to Dear Younger Me.
But before I get to the tip, let me tell y’all a little story, just to put things into perspective.
The Exemplum of the High Eye
By Chalice Sleep
Once upon a time, there was a girl who decided to draw a portrait of her brother. She pulled out her sketchbook and pencil and a photograph that her sister took, and set to work on a line drawing that she would shade with a ballpoint pen.
She was almost finished with her line art and about to start on the shading when she noticed, Hmm, I think his right eye is a little too high. (Hence the title.)
Well, she didn’t know what to do about that. She had the shape very accurate in her humble opinion, but it wasn’t quite in the right place. What should she do? She could erase it and redraw it, but what if she never got the shape as accurate as it was before? With that fear in mind, she chose to ignore the problem. It was close enough, she decided.
She went on to shade in her portrait, and soon it was finished. She sat back and looked at her drawing. It was perfect… almost. The only thing was the eye was still too high. Despite what she had hoped, it hadn’t magically moved into place when she shaded it. And now that it was shaded in, the mistake was even more obvious, and it bugged her. Ugh, she should have fixed it earlier. Why didn’t she?
(Because she was lazy.)
In case you haven’t guessed, this is (tragically) based on a true story of a portrait I did in pen and ink. In other words, I’ll never be able to fix that dreaded, out of place eye.
I have since learned my lesson (only after making the same mistake several more times, mind you). But it gave me a tip for you today: If you notice that something is wrong with your drawing, and you know how to fix it… THEN FIX IT.
I knew that my drawing wasn’t quite right, and I knew it was because the eye was too high. I knew that all I had to do was make the eye and eyebrow lower, and it would have looked fine. But like I said earlier, I was lazy and also scared of ruining my drawing. And now I will regret that moment of fear for the rest of my life.
Okay, not really, but my point is, as soon as I noticed the problem, I should have had this attitude:
Because I could have. It would have been hard, but it’s so much easier to fix a problem right away, than it is after you’ve filled in all your shading and everything. (By then it might be too late, like it was for me.) So don’t wait till your drawing is almost finished to fix it. Fix it now.
I’m curious now, what art tip (or any other kind of tip) would you give to Dear Younger You? Let me know in the comments.
I’ll see you later. Until then, stay lionhearted. Do the hard thing.