Monday, 15 September 2014

How to get better at drawing?

In general this is a great drawing channel and i would recommend looking through the videos to see how the artist Sycra tackles certain subjects.

In this video though he got me thinking about how i actually practice drawing. I used to just hop from one thing to another, a drawing here, painting there and i would always work from a reference to the point that now i am very limited to what i can draw accurately without one.

In this video Sycra discusses speed and how you build up a sort of muscle memory for drawing certain things - coincidentally i draw eyes on stuff all the time and i've done it so much that i don't need to think about it... but i have difficulty with a number of other things. Ears for example.

There's no way around it. If you want to get good you have to put in the practice and draw the SAME THINGS over and over again until you don't even need to think about it.

Par example -

Better late than never

I came across my life drawings from last year. These are just a few selections of the ones i did in pencil.

Life Drawings (2013) by conceptaur on deviantART

Friday, 5 September 2014

When you’re not in a creative environment or surrounded by those who share you passion its hard to stay motivated. I haven’t been motivated in a long time because of this. I’m still trapped behind a till but now i realise if i want things to change i’m going to have to be the one to change them.

Its now or never basically.

In concerns of my art skills i’m a little rusty and looking back on the work that i’ve done in college and such i realise that i used short cuts. I never truly mastered anatomy or poses. Its only within the last couple of years that i’ve studied more on the subject… but its not enough.

To truly master something you have to work at it every day. Practice, practice, practice until it is engrained.

So that is what i’m going to do.

Here is my plan

In a way i’m unpicking what i have already learned and identifying bad habits… you sort of do that when you have projects to get completed. A reference used here and there is fine but wouldn’t it be quicker if you could draw that pose without it?

So in the words of that dude from Mulan: “Lets get down to business…!”