A Gallery of Failure


Hello, Loyal Readers!

You know, we have a lot of fun on this site looking at each other’s drawings—well, ok; you look at MY drawings and I HOPE it’s fun for you—but sometimes we creative types fail to take into account how daunting it is for others who are just getting their start in art. Sometimes I make this drawing shit look easy—It’s not.
This post by the Busy Mockingbird opened my eyes a little bit about that.
I screw up so often while drawing (ok, full disclosure: while doing EVERYthing) but naturally, I only publish the finished product, the A-game, the piece de resistance. And so often people tell me how talented I am, but it’s not really talent—It’s work.

Anyway, I do screw up often (I may have mentioned that before) but I’ve taken to completing and drawing attention to the mistakes I can’t fix as a coping device.
And in the interest of helping others aspiring, I’ve decided to showcase some of my “Greatest Shits,” that is a collection of work upon which I screwed up.

WARNING–there are some tasteful nudes in here. #freethenipple

 

Enjoy!

 

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Centerpiece of the collection, I call it “Pig Nose.” This is an aborted copy of the cover of Saga by Vaugn and Staples. Crayon and ink.

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My studies of form sometimes yield… unpalpable results. The subject clearly has a crick in her neck as well. This one is entitled “Deflate-tit”

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After her eye and mouth began to look strange, I just decided to take inspiration from the greats. This one is called simply, “Durr, I’m Picasso!”

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This is a lovely piece I call “Shark Perspective” Originally intended to be a semi-realistic drawing of a shark from perspective, I stopped before doing further damage but not before the drawing began to look… interesting.

 

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Here I’ve started copying faces from Gundam: Origin. Yasuhiko, the artist has such a conservative, elegant style and I wanted to try my hand at emulating it. As you may have noticed my drawings of humans–particularly their faces–leave a little to be desired. This was with a reference.

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Here, I tried to draw Gundam’s protagonist Amuro. But again, I screwed up the perspective on his eye and decided to make him a victim of radiation burns.

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Humans are fucking hard to draw. Just ask this sprightly young lady with the little baby arm.

 

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Not sure why I wanted to draw a man urinating, but the urge struck and so I did, but again I screwed the proportion. Anyway, I added the speech bubble of this classy, mustachioed man explaining his umbilical urea. This classy drawing has been titled “No Big.” Pay no attention to the slightly-less-fucked-up-edly drawn face to the right.

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed my “Gallery of Failure” and I hope its given you some renewed hope, or at least schadenfreude. Do read The Busy Mockingbird’s article–it’s filled with great insights for creative types and has a very hopeful message.

Now I leave you with this quote:

“A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.”
Paul Gardner

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