On David Litchfield and ugly drawing

I spent pretty much all of yesterday feeling sick and watching YouTube videos. This talk by David Litchfield (how a drawing a day changed my life) really resonated with me. I’ve been drawing every day for a while now, and I’m finding that my biggest problem is adhering to a style.

David Litchfield:
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As soon as I see something different, I want to try it! So the next couple of updates are likely to be random drawings in various styles that I’d usually keep to myself, but I want get them out there in order to narrow down a style for myself that I want to move forward with.

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A la David Litchfield (sort of) vs my current style.

I think the thing I love most about the style on the left is the completely raw message you can get across without getting bogged down in overly correct perspective, background and specifics. I HATE spending time on the physics of a drawing – I’m far more interested in a funny pose or a facial expression, or weird little details that make me laugh or think ‘hey that’s clever’. The rest is just slog. I love how nothing has to be overly ‘cute’ – if a character ends up ugly, it looks right and stays in style. It reminds me of when my friends and I used to play ‘scribbles’* in class and we’d create these absurdly funny, ugly characters because we didn’t have the physical freedom to put bits in the exact correct place.

So yeah, here’s to ugly drawings and enjoying the process as well as the outcome!

*Scribbles: where you scribble a simple-ish shape and your partner has to make a vaguely ok drawing out of it.

On David Litchfield and ugly drawing