As you may have noticed, I’ve been featuring a lot of my drawings lately. Typical responses (from those not totally disgusted by ’em) are: “How talented”, or “I wish that I could draw”. Well, you can, and I’m gonna give you a little tutorial so you to can draw just like Hansi.
When I was a kid in the fifties, my first learn to draw book was “Learn to Draw” by Jon Gnagy. It was a step by step book on how to end up drawing like him. He even had a TV show where you could draw along with him. My other source of inspiration was the inside of matchbook covers, where there was often an illustration for you to copy, send in with some money, and if good enough, win some sort of scholarship. I was too busy playing with fire back then to pursue that one; usually ended up burning the whole matchbook up. [ How many matches in a matchbook? 20…the same number as in a pack of cigarettes. What a co-inky-dink].
So let’s get stared. First, get yourself a pencil and some paper. Second, and here’s the most important part, get yourself properly medicated. How on earth are ya gonna draw at your best if not medicated? When I was fighting crime and had a “mental health” caseload, my mentally ill probationers functioned only as well as their medication compliance. So if proper medication will keep a schizophrenic on the right side of the law, proper medication can also help ya learn to draw. [Cool slogan , sounds like something Jessie Jackson would say, flawed logic notwithstanding]. That’s my little secret to artistic success. So, assuming you’ve just gotten
highly slightly medicated, close your eyes, conjure up a vision of your choice (they just happen naturally with the right medication) and copy it. That’s what I do.
Listening to good music while drawing is also important. If you’re into classic rock, stay with Led Zeppelin, and try to avoid Black Sabbath. Ozzy gives me the creeps when medicated, and I get so paranoid listening to him that my visions kinda stray over to the dark side.
Pen and ink vs. pencil. That’s were ya gotta make a choice of medium. The medium you chose, and don’t confuse medium with small, large or extra-large, effects the look and outcome of your drawing. The first three of mine were done in ink (tends to show up better), while the one over there >>> is a pencil drawing. Can ya see the difference? Well I can’t either to tell the truth, but pencil gives ya a softer line, And, you can erase it easily when ya screw-up, as I occasionally do.
Well boys and girls, it’s a simple as that. Just close your eyes, wait till ya see something really strange, then draw it as fast as you can before you forget. And before ya know it, you too will be filling your blog with wonderful illustrations from a rich fantasy life. Sure beats politics.