Drawing as a Dance Major

Laynie Bliven, Reporter

Even though I am a dance major, I have always wanted to learn how to draw. So, I thought it would be fun for me to find a photo on Pinterest, and try to draw it myself over the course of three weeks. Through my process, I will be talking about my experience. Before I begin, I am by no means an art major, this is just for me to try for fun. With that being said, I hope you enjoy it!

For a long time now, darker and scarier drawings have always fascinated me. I really enjoy and appreciate all of the detail that they have. Another thing is that I can’t just think of a drawing in my head, I have to look at a reference and draw based on that. As I was looking on Pinterest, I came across this drawing, (which was uploaded by “b”, and no further information was provided.)

I first started out by sketching out the drawing. I propped up my phone with the image on it and started drawing. It was very challenging to try and sketch out the image to scale, so I kept erasing and starting over. The image is also incredibly textured and detailed, so I just tried to draw the outline of the drawing, and I was going to later go into it with different pens and do the detailing.

Once I finished the sketch, it was time to finally go in and do the detailing. I went with a pen that shows the lines more prominently and then did the other details with a more worn-down pen so that it would show texture and dynamics. It took me a long time to do all the lines, and I had to use all the knowledge that I had learned in my 8th-grade art class. I also tried to do cross-hatching and other shading techniques.

Overall, I’m generally happy with how it turned out. I’m not a visual art major by any means, so for not having barely any experience, I think it turned out pretty good. If I were to do this again, I would take more time on it, because it took me about a few days to do. This was a super fun task, and I would love to do it again.