Have you ever had one of those moments when you had no idea how to proceed with your next step? Mine was the Zodiac. How does one draw the images that each of the zodiac symbols are supposed to represent?
Thank gods for google. "how to draw a crab" became my friend. And then "how to draw a bull". Leo was sort of cartoonish. Aquarius was rather classical, but then "how to draw an Aquarius" was rather limiting.
All the same, I learned a lot about drawing from the process of copying the drawings. I’ll admit that I copied them — I’m over forty, and I’ll take shortcuts to help train my brain how to be an effective artist. If it takes ten years and 10,000 hours to be good at anything, I’ll need all the help I can get.
What I’ve learned is that I’m going to have to practice these twelve line-poems a lot to get them right: and I’m going to have to practice them in a limited area of space to get the proportions and framing right.
Apparently this is what artists must do. 🙂