Immediately after publishing the last post describing the challenge I had decided to take on, I felt dread. I honestly did not believe I could pull this off, and I felt a tad foolish for talking about it so publicly and making such a formal announcement as that only leads to disappointment. It’s bad enough disappointing yourself, but disappointing others with you? That’s just stupid.
What were you thinking, Suad?!
So I sat there, with a blank sheet of paper, my pencils, the elected paintings, my laptop, my coffee and I was all set to go. I picked out Vincent Van Gogh’s A Starry Night for my first drawing. I was at once stuck. I didn’t know how to go about doing this at all. I looked at the painting, in all its glory. The colors, the shading, the swirls, the transitions, the way it was all made to look like one continuous movement. Beautiful continuous waves of color and shades.
All I had on me were a piece of paper and an HB 2 pencil. That’s it. But I went ahead and gave it a shot anyway. I started by drawing out the shapes, always an easy place to start, right?
Once I had a general outline of the painting, I was stuck yet again. At this point all I could think was, What the hell did I just get myself into? I was starting to feel overwhelmed, there was no way I could make this look even moderately good. I tried to stop focusing on the fact that it needed to look exactly the same. I began to reason with myself:
1. Suad, you’re no Van Gogh, no matter how this turns out, you can never compare it to the actual painting.
2. This is supposed to be an interpretation of the painting, so accuracy should not play a big factor in how the drawing turns out. Might as well give it your own touch.
3. You are literally using just the pencil, so there’s only so much you can do.
4. You can do it! Stop whinging and go for it!
With all of that being said, I took a deep breath, a long break, got a little feedback from my sisters, and broke out of that box, expanded my mind and let my imagination and creativity – if you want to call it that – do its thing.
The end result? See for yourself.
I can’t say I am entirely pleased with how it turned out, but considering the mental process I was going through, I say it came out better than I expected.
I realize picking a Van Gogh as my warm-up piece was not the brightest idea, but a good counter-argument to that is that I have chosen thirteen of the most brilliant paintings out there. They are all mostly on par, so I was bound to go through that regardless.
I would love to hear what everyone thinks of this first piece. Both positive and negative feedback is welcome. I can take it. However, please make any and all criticism constructive, otherwise, I will hunt you down and shoot you. Just sayin’. Not really. But seriously, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.