Happy fourth of July. Since we are celebrating our freedom, I want to ask this question:
How do YOU define "drawing free hand"?
I'm always perplexed by the way people, especially non-artists, look at my work and ask me "did you draw this free hand?" Cause I'm never really sure what they mean by it. You mean, as opposed to slave hand? High-priced-hand?
I used to think drawing "free hand" meant, "not tracing." But if that is the case, isn't it kind of a stupid question?
Me: "Look at this picture of the Sandbenders I designed!"
Some person: "Wow, is that free-hand?"
Me: "Actually, I traced it off a pre-existing picture of a Sandbender, which means I didn't really design it. Oh well, you caught me!"
The other theory is that drawing free hand means "not looking at something (to copy from)". This is always a questionable measure of artistic prowess to me, though. Because part of what makes you learn and grow as an artist is observing real life. Like doing life drawing, or drawing from a photo of something, or even checking out another artist's work to get technique ideas.
I can draw Katara "without looking at a picture of her" but sometimes when I want to do a really nice one I'll look at the design sheet (what animators use to draw cartoon characters consistently) just to make sure I get it right. Is that then, "NOT drawing free hand?"
I've found in my 30 some years that the polite response to "Did you draw this free hand?" is probably smiling and saying "Yes". But I can't help but rank that question up with my other favorite question-
"So...you're a director....does that mean you like, draw?"
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