I’ve never been interested much in art. I suppose this is because I figured, no, I knew, that there were so many others who were better than me. This is still VERY much true. However, I decided to give it a whirl when I knew I wanted to illustrate children’s books. Though a long journey of learning and error lies ahead, I have found it quite fun and relaxing.
The above image was my attempt to draw Lady Mary from Downton Abbey, which I completely recommend. Anyway, if this painting taught me anything, it’s that you can recover from mistakes (large mistakes). If you notice, the background is streaked and black. Before, I painted it a shade just bit lighter than her hat. Big mistake. From afar you cannot make out her cap that well. So, I went over it in black. Was this too a huge newbie mistake? Sure, I’m learning, but I’m still pleased with it; you can see some of the gold behind the black, and it turned out neat in my humble opinion.
I’m not saying I’m Picasso, or even a “good” artist, but I can say I like and enjoyed my trial and error painting of Lady Mary; I can go so far as to say that I am pleased with it. So, if you’re like me and up for a good challenge, give it a go. While your at it, you might like checking out: The Mind of Watercolor on YouTube; he has excellent videos on drawing and watercolor.