by Rose Red
(Auckland, New Zealand)
Something that quite often trips up aspiring artists is when they go to draw something and it doesnt actually look like what they are drawing!! There is one very simple reason for this, they go ahead and draw, and draw, without stopping to see what they object REALLY looks like.
People have all these preconceptions and misconceptions about what things should or should not look like. This is a bad idea in art, because there is never any right or wrong, really look at it, dont think 'Well theres a crease here, so here there must be light, and here shadow' you might be following simple rules, but this is the basics.
Quoting a favoured art teacher of mine "An artist should spend over 80% of their time studying their subject, the other 20% should be spent doing the actual drawing".