It’s a dumb admission probably but I still don’t know why NOBODY TOLD ME THAT TRACING WAS SO EASY TO DO. I just draw in straight-ish lines on a layer. Had to figure it out myself. That’s me by the way. College ID. Hampshire College.

It’s a dumb admission probably but I still don’t know why NOBODY TOLD ME THAT TRACING WAS SO EASY TO DO. I just draw in straight-ish lines on a layer. Had to figure it out myself. That’s me by the way. College ID. Hampshire College.

That was on the computer. This is on the phone. I didn’t know that tracings of real people looked like cartoons.
 Basically this is what happened. I was trying to get to the essence of object representation. Almost went with points. But points were too small and unspecific. Lines had potential though.
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 So I need to get from x1/y1 to x2/y2. For that I needed a grid. But thankfully what already comes on a grid? COMPUTER IMAGES. They’re pixelated already.
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So, if I pixelate the image FURTHER, IGNORE THE CURVES, draw only straight lines, I can draw. And — it worked. I did about 100 images of random faces before I was convinced.
 
I am still blown away that tracing a real image looks like a cartoon. Had no idea it was that simple.
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  I just can’t believe I had to go the LONG way to get here. I thought drawing involved turning things into objects, looking for kidney beans and truck tires in everything and drawing those…
…and I’m sure those are fantastic ways to turn things in 3D and stuff…
but…..I just want to be able to sketch something quickly and be satisfied and not feel stupid. Now, I feel justified.
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 A HUGE PART of this for me has been simply giving myself permission to trace over other people’s images. I have no idea why it felt wrong or invasive to do so without asking (maybe because it is in a way), but just “doing it”, following the procedure that I’m capable of (pixeling then tracing with mouse or finger salient parts), I have a product in less than a minute.It’s the speed that’s my favorite part. I don’t like things that take forever.
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My hand’s not steady, my mousepad is a piece of 8.5 x 11 paper, and already I want to go back and revise, change, modify, move lines around, perfect it, make it better, etc. And that’s the trap I’m trying to avoid.
 
I’m hoping to move from this to the “drawing-as-language (the Y is the corners, the L is the edges, etc) – and I think I’m already seeing it.
 
Lines are noses, mouths, eyebrows and eyes. Sort of mindblowing to consider, really as they don’t look like this and yet, they sort of do.
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 Ooh, makes sense. 6 month old baby struggling to be heard, 9 month old slightly more successful, 1.5 year old almost got it nailed down and by 2 years old, able to communicate some basic needs in quite a few two word sentences.
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 Hmm – does GRAMMAR have a shape to be followed?
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