Seven Months of Drawing Progress

And developing my style

Andrew Hutchinson
Oct 21, 2020 · 3 min read

After writing about 50 articles, I started publishing drawings on Medium in April. After the pandemic hit, I was looking for ways to stay creative, and to work on things I’ve always wanted to get better at.

Improving my drawing is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’ve been at it for 7 months now and have made some real progress.

April 2020

A therapy session I had inspired my first humor piece. In therapy, I was reflecting on the ways I’ve changed over the last decade. My first drawings reflected the level of drawing skill I’ve had for pretty much my entire life.

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May 2020

I work on making my lines cleaner, adding in more details, and playing more with shading.

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June 2020

I start to develop my own drawing style. To practice drawing different things, I grab items from my medicine cabinet and practice drawing them with more detail than I normally do.

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July — August 2020

I continue to work on drawing every day items I have around the house and drawing things from old photos. I also work on adding more details to each drawing. It takes longer, but I enjoy having the extra little details as it makes the drawings come to life.

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September 2020

By this point, I’ve really developed my own style and have begun trying out some new techniques. I experiment with stippling — a technique that involves drawing lots and lots of dots. It takes time and patience, but the effect is cool and makes things pop a lot more.

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Now

I’ve started experimenting with doing some drawing on the computer. It’s been fun to add color to drawings and try out a new format, but drawing on the computer doesn’t allow me to get into a flow the same way hand drawing does. I’ll probably mix up hand drawing and drawing on the computer as I continue to explore new techniques and create new humor pieces.

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So that’s 7 months of my drawing progress. It’s been a good reminder that with time, effort, and perseverence, you can make steady improvements. Even an elder Millennial like me :)

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Dad. Husband. Army vet. Work @Airbnb. Enjoy running, cycling, cooking, & guitar. Sign up for my monthly humor newsletter: https://eepurl.com/hoZRwH

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Dad. Husband. Army vet. Work @Airbnb. Enjoy running, cycling, cooking, & guitar. Sign up for my monthly humor newsletter: https://eepurl.com/hoZRwH

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Laugh often, love deeply, and take nothing for granted

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