Hello from Australia



  • Hey guys,

    The name is Nathan, I'm 32, Aussie, and getting back into drawing. I discovered this forum through the podcast. One of the best! Really enjoying it. Can't wait for more.

    I use to draw heaps as a kid, but stopped for 10 years, studying computer science then pursuing a career and business in online marketing. Fast forward to about 1 year ago, I read The Artists Way on the recommendation of a friend. From there I've gotten obsessed with drawing again. Still very much a beginner, but started an Instagram a couple of months ago to share something that was once very private for me. (I think I surprised many people)

    Anyways great to be here. See you around the forum 🙂



  • @concept welcome to the forums! No matter how many years I do something I always feel like a beginner still. Even with my day job as a web designer, been doing that for almost 18 years I still feel like a beginner when I learn new things.



  • @concept Hi Nathan! welcome to the forums, I'm quite new myself and actually signed up from listening to the podcast too!

    your work is really great! looking forward to seeing more of your stuff as you progress



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  • greeting from Canada



  • Welcome Nathan! Looks like you're off to a great start. You proportions and values are looking pretty solid. Well done.



  • Thanks for all the kind words guys. I'm glad you have enjoyed my work so far (I need to post up more often haha). I'm drawing most days and make sure I improve at least one thing at the end of each session.

    I don't have a 'goal' per se, like "I want to become a Disney animator". I'm usually a goal orientated person, often at the expense of the journey. So taking a step back and enjoying the journey has been reenergizing.

    I'm at the point of just rediscovering, playing and pursuing specific aspects of art with a pent-up ferociousness (10 years not drawing has done that to me haha). I'm enjoying the human figure and expressions, which is what I've been practicing. My curiosity is taking me to bring in color, and thinking of a piece as a composition - so bringing composition ideas to my works is another step.

    Who knows. But I'm loving the journey



  • @concept Hi Nathan nice to meet you hope you will really enjoy SVS . You should post a link to your Instagram 😀



  • @dottyp Hello! Great to be here. You can find my Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/nathan_creates/



  • Hi Nathan and welcome. I looked at your Instagram and am envious of your drawing skills. (Frequent envy is one of the hazards of being part of this forum where there are so many great artists!) I look forward to seeing more of your work.

    Laurie



  • Hey Laurie, thank you 🙂 I totally understand the drawing envy. I get it all the time. I've learnt the only person to compare to is myself. So long as I'm better than I was last week, I'm happy 😃



  • @concept ok Nathan I found it and followed .You do really beautiful pencil work


  • Dreams or Fantasies

    Hello @Concept glad to make your acquaintance
    --keep on drawing my friend--



  • Hi Nathan. Great seascape sketch! I think you're going about it in the right way. Enjoy the journey. I think I might have to take that advice myself!



  • Thanks @ians Yeah, that seascape was fun. A step out of the comfort zone but I learned a lot and enjoyed it.



  • Hello! My story is similar to yours in the sense that I used to draw nonstop as a kid/teenager and then basically stopped for 10 years. But I've started up again in the past 2 years and I'm working hard at improving. It's never too late to pick up the pencil. Glad to hear I'm not alone in this (I see too many art-gods on instagram that are only like 18 and I feel like crying in a corner lol)

    Welcome! Looking forward to seeing your work!


  • Dreams or Fantasies

    Hey Nathan,
    Now get to work! 🙂



  • @w-coats haha will do. I'm working on a big charcoal portrait. I'll put up some progress pics this weekend 🙂


  • Dreams or Fantasies

    @concept good to hear it, cheers!