Currently, I try and work on my general model a bit everyday, do a little research, and do a few quick head drawings from photos to remind me what I'm aiming for. I also try to take at least one class per semester so that I'm drawing form life once a week. This has changed a lot over time though and will continue to change as my goals change. What are your goals?
If you're around Hollywood, Karl Gnass's Class's at the Animation Guild in Burbank have probably been the most helpful to me out of anything over the years.
The Orthographic Projection studies have been the most helpful exercise I've done at home as far as understanding form. It gets me to really look at every side of the thing. This is what I am using to get my general model consistent. It ignores perspective distortions though.
Thank you for the link to Chris Legaspi. He's got a great site. A lot of useful information. I found this thrust thing really helpful, also his use of the term "shape design" I've been enjoying watching the webinars. Saw your drawing up there. Very nice.
Thanks, I'm really interested in this problem of how the brain works in these things. For me it is not a worry, I think it's really neat and helpful. I think understanding what's going on makes drawing a lot easier and more fun. Before I was introduced to the ideas of constructive drawing I was painstakingly copying what I saw. I got great results but it was boring as hell and it was not helping me learn to draw from my imagination at all.
I agree that struggling with construction can impeded the ability to be expressive, but I also think that a lack of understanding of structure severely limits the amount that can be expressed.
I think "just drawing" in necessary but insufficient. Our perceptions do neat things that I think are worth exploring. So much of what we "see" is not what is actually there.
Hi Cortes, I want to say thank you for inspiring me to start posting on CA. I'd been hanging around, have gotten a lot of useful information, and had been thinking about starting a sketchbook for a while. Your post on the Loomis thread about wanting structure is what got me to finally do it. I am with you. I WANT structure and I think that's a reasonable thing to want. CA seems to be great place to find inspiration and collaboration on that idea =) Via p_sage I found this to be an incredibly helpful perspective The Basics: What they mean Thanks again.
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