I’ll be on hiatus until the end of May. In the meantime, here’s a picture of a horse.
I used a grid.
There’s not much I can say about this, because I drew this in 2009. I think it took a few hours each day, over the course of a week, to complete. Thought bubble: guy on YouTube telling viewers not to copy from photographs. Don’t remember who it was, but I do remember I cringed a little, because, at the time, that was my plan to develop my artistic skills.
I think I know why some people would say this, though. It’s like practicing how to draw using carbon copies. (I’ve done a few of these.) Both are like training wheels. You may be getting results, but you don’t really know if you can do it on your own until you stop relying on them. Moreover, you are not relying on certain skills you do need, like using one’s sense of proportions in order to draw guidelines by eye.
I see using grids as halfway between using carbon copies and going by eye, and I see drawing something from a photograph as a first step before moving on to maybe a cast of a figure and then a live model and then finally drawing something or somebody “en plein air” when the subject of your drawing may be in motion.
Everyone goes at their own pace and I think it’s okay to do whatever you have to do to get where you need to go, as long as it is moral and legal, more or less.