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May 18th, 2008 #1Registered User
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Do you have to be creative?
I like to draw, and I want to develop my ability but the problem is that I really suck at drawing anything from my mind. Even simple things like animals. I can see them, although they are not massively detailed, but there seems to be a broken link between my head and putting them on paper. Is this really needed to become a great artist? Or am I wasting my time?
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Creativity is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets. Everyone has to start somewhere.
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May 18th, 2008 #4
No one sees a complete Image, and no you are not wasting your time, draw from observation The more you draw from life you start making a mental library of images after a while drawing gets easier because you can acess all these things in your head
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May 18th, 2008 #6
I've been brain-dead for 53 years, and I can still fart out a decent idea once in a while. That must prove something...
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May 18th, 2008 #7
There's a big market for scientific illustration, at least in Europe. No one wants to paint animals, organs and stuff like that. The downside is that you have to be really, really accurate in what your draw and how you draw something. If that isn't a problem, do some research on the topic. It's not all 3d-modeling, there still is need for someone painting the images for encyclopedias.
May 18th, 2008 #8
I think you're confusing creativity with the ability to accurately draw from memory. Creativity is creating concepts and ideas. Drawing from memory is making realistic representations of things based on stored information (as well as creating fantastic creatures and environments based on the same stored information). Either one can be developed from frequent use and exercise. The trick to drawing from stored information is that you first have to store it. This takes years of consistent study and practice working from life and observation.
May 18th, 2008 #9
I have the same problem as you hiiam, I can draw great from reference but ask me to draw even a simple thing from my mind and I'm lost...
My sketchbook: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=205399
May 18th, 2008 #10
My experience has been like this: When you get better, you stop having images in your head and you just follow the lines your hand makes on the paper. At this point, you've given up on a preconception of what it is you're going to draw and started giving in to making the decisions as they become necessary.
You'll still have ideas, but when you're drawing *enough* they just don't rule your life. It's like you're drawing so much it just kinda comes out.
That still doesn't mean I or most people can still draw whatever they want, it's just funny how I think utterly different to how I used to.
Slash is right - draw every day and look at different stuff a lot and it'll come. Having said that, I still know some people who are amazing artists who just don't have amazing ideas. So I guess there's apples and oranges huh?
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May 19th, 2008 #12
I agree with slash, everyone is creative to a certain extent, the more you practice the more creative you get?
I found this quote on Dice tsutsumi's website (he's awesome)
“Don’t worry about your originality. You could not get rid of it even if you wanted to. It will stick to you and show you up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do”
– Robert Henri
May 19th, 2008 #13