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    How to learn art alone

    Hello everyone,
    I would like to start learning art but currently don't have time to go to university.
    I would like to start learning alone and would like some guidance.
    In what order should I learn the subjects? Should I learn history and periods first? After this to learn techniques? What techniques to learn?

    Thank you very much,
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    just draw draw draw and then draw some more. Go nuts and paint something too. Just stay curious and try to understand how the artists you admire work. Copy, study life, draw from your imagination and repeat.

    It'll take some years but the results will be pleasing.

    Watching dvd's and educational videos really helps you getting a better workflow - I suggest you get those videos from Massive black as soon as possible

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    I'm not saying it's impossible to learn alone but there's such a monstrously huge upside to learning in a classroom situation.

    At the time I really didn't understand why my school had a mandatory attendance policy because I was an adult paying good money for the class. I was thinking why should they care when I show up as long as I'm there producing and attending the critiques. But with a bit of wisdom later down the road I realized that if I were IN class, I could actually learn from observation of my peers (the good and the bad) as well as getting it from the instructor.

    And now that I teach I'm a huge advocate for learning through observation, not just in my classroom but by watching others in other departments as well.

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    If you are interested in painting things that look like what they look like ("contemporary realism" or whatever anyone wants to call it) then I would suggest you have a look at

    http://www.thecardermethod.com/

    Mark Carder's method needs a lot of patience but his students are doing superb work right from the start, so much so that many people simply don't believe that a beginner can do what they are doing. But they do!

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    Thank you for your responds.
    Do you have links for sites that teach you art?
    I'm looking to learn theory and techniques as well.
    Thanks.

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    ya the only way is to practice , but i think in a final stage you still got to finish an art school or get someone to teach you , cuz you cant find out everything on your own

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    I have learnt to draw by myself. I just draw whenever I get the chanse - and I think I can say my stuff looks decent, but I am nothing compared to many guys here on this site.

    I thought I should not go to an art-school, this because what if something happened to me, like if I lost my drawing arm? Then I might not have so much to fall back at. What I decided was that I studied in regular school and did art on my spare time. Right now I am studying my second year trying to become an evolutionary biologist at the university.

    So it's not impossible to learn art even if you don't go to an art-school or such.

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    If you loose your drawing arm you start drawing with the other arm and so on ... it could take a while but if art is within you nothing can stand in the way of it getting out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamable View Post
    If you loose your drawing arm you start drawing with the other arm and so on ... it could take a while but if art is within you nothing can stand in the way of it getting out.
    Yeah, but just in case. And if I get a job as an artist I can do it on my spare time. Then I can still have my other job and get more money.

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    Hi all,

    I'm from Taiwan, which is a place lack of advacned movie related industry neither game industry. I've made up my mind to become a concept artist approximately half years ago when I first saw a Gnomxn tutorial DVD. Within this half year, I've worked so hard to figure out how to get closer to my dream. Here is it, study abroad or learn by myself here to make a decent portfolio to get in the film/game industry.

    How to learn art alone

    Is it really worthy to study abroad? Student loan could put a huge pressure on me once I graduate. As a matter of fact, portfolio sings the loudest in this industry. It is not a sure thing that entering an art school would have an excellent portfolio once you graduate, isn't it? ahh.. this really drives me crazy...

    ConceptArt.Org Atelier seems like a affordable choice for me, but unfortunately, they don't open for international student.

    Maxthemutt seems like focusing more on animation and illustration than Trans/Industrial Design.

    I wanna have the ability to do concept art/matt painting/3D. I can definetly learn a lot from the DVD that Gnomxn offers. And the cost is way low than study abroad. But, there will be something I cannot gain from learning with classmates together in the classroom.

    ahh...
    Has anyone really gotten success in this industry but not entering any art school? Really appreciate your precious advice.


    (sorry abt my poor English )
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    Quote Originally Posted by LORD M View Post
    I thought I should not go to an art-school, this because what if something happened to me, like if I lost my drawing arm? Then I might not have so much to fall back at.
    Goofiest reasoning ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
    Goofiest reasoning ever.
    Yeah I know. Oh well, the real reason is that there's no art-schools where I live.

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    A major mistake a lot of artists do is that they copy other peoples artwork and NOT actual object/creatures etc. While this may help you in some ways, it will also hinder you, as you will simply be imitating a style, limiting your own voice. I spent many years drawing from How To Draw books, and the result was that I could draw well, but I had zero individuality. Now, I still do studies. I love to draw masters drawings and I often do studies of Beatrix Potter works, because it compliments my style. But the primary study is drawing from life and photographs.

    If art school is cost prohibitive, I suggest you still go to college, at least earn an AA degree at a super cheap community college, to get an education and also benefit from some structure.

    Good luck with whatever you choose.

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    to UrsusArctos,
    Thank you, man. I will spend more time preparing a decent protfolio and figure out my next step. Good luck for both of us!

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    frank frazetta lost his drawing arm from a stroke. now he draws with his left hand and his works done with the left hand actually values a lot more than the ones he did with his right.


    im glad i went to art school, although there is a horrible spot in the back of my mind thinking about the money i owe. however, if i didn't go to art school, i wouldn't have know where to start.


    i suggest for those of you who are doing this on your own, look up fine art practices!! practice with traditional mediums such as charcoal and acrylic/oil paints! master your values first then move on to color theory.

    learning fine art theories will help you immensely with your works.

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