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    Making an Art Schedule? (Revised schedule post 16)

    Alright, so I'm fortunate enough at the moment to be in a position where I don't have to work and can devote most of my time to art. I'm a lucky fucker, I know.

    However, having not taken any form of art class since the second grade, I wanted to try and structure my time as if I were in an actual school, so I'm using time blocks like I had in college for my long Tuesday/Thursday courses.

    I know concept artists need to be able to draw everything, so I wanted to mix in foundational concepts like color theory and cast drawing with things like creature designs and vehicle concepting. I have books on almost all of these topics that I can study from in combination with just drawing my ass off. Weekends would be for working on anything else that comes to mind, or for snowboarding. Or drinking. Whatever happens to sound good.

    So I suppose my question is, am I forgetting anything? Are there any topics I'm not covering, or anything I'm devoting too much/too little time to? Any other ideas? I won't have a problem sticking to the schedule, I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

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    Just want to wish you good luck .

    I wouldn't have a chance of sticking to something like that even though im in a similar situation to you for the next few weeks. I find that i can do the hours but i cant stick to a schedule, as my mind is constantly on different tangents.

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    Hats off to you for being so focused as to put this sort of thing together. Personally I don't know if I'd want to change gears every hour and a half. I realize that that's comparable to a class schedule but classes are for Getting the information, Applying the information... the studio work... I don't know if I'd want to carve that up into small sessions as opposed to being able to sit down and grind through whatever project I'm on. If that works for you though, then again, Hats Off, and good luck to you!

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    Yeah, that was my problem too. I kept skipping back and forth between projects and never got anything done. I figure this way I will at least be learning in a structured manner, and then I can devote extra weekend time to doing longer projects that put all of these smaller pieces together.

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    I really need to do something like this.

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    you make it sound like such a chore..
    you know sometimes you're going to be more inspired to draw characters than other days, or maybe one day you really just wanna do some still life...
    I think you'd really be better off just to take it day by day, man...
    This seems like kinda of a waste of inspiration and opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GORILLAARTFARE View Post
    you make it sound like such a chore..
    you know sometimes you're going to be more inspired to draw characters than other days, or maybe one day you really just wanna do some still life...
    I think you'd really be better off just to take it day by day, man...
    This seems like kinda of a waste of inspiration and opportunity.
    Haha, I can definitely see what you mean. I probably do make it sound like I have to force my way through it. It's not that, I just get lost in all of the things I know I need to study, and get a bit overwhelmed. Maybe I should just block out more free time to draw whatever comes to mind, and have my "dedicated" time for things that I normally don't do much of, like weapon design and armor or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mock View Post

    So I suppose my question is, am I forgetting anything? Are there any topics I'm not covering, or anything I'm devoting too much/too little time to? Any other ideas? I won't have a problem sticking to the schedule, I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

    Well all you need is a slot for Form & Space and you'll have the equivalent of a foundation level schedule at most art schools.

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    I'm not sure about other schools, but at our university ALL art courses were 3 hours long 2x a week...partially because of clean-up time. XD

    Maybe instead of making your fundamental work blocked into a specific chunk of time, you choose a fundamental theme to focus on across the subjects for the day? I.E. One/two days a week you focus on perspective, and everything drawn that day from gestures to vehicles should have pushing your perspective skills as the goal. Other "themes" could include Value, Line, Medium, Texture, Lighting, etc. Otherwise I'd suggest perhaps doing the fundamental work/exercises first as a warm-up, unless you feel that would discourage you from starting.

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    I think being organised is a great skill to have, but here is my take - quality over quantity.

    I think you should focus on ONE thing a day, spend the time to do it properly and right. I can't stress the last thing enough, you will learn so much if you put in the time it requires to really understand how something works.

    With that in mind, noodling on something that is going no where is a bad pitfall too, but that comes with practice knowing when you need to move on or if you need to spend the time to fix it.

    Don't forget to plan the time for actual living and enjoying life - your art is the reflection of you as a person and what you have experienced in life.



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    i wish my uni time table looked like that. lol. x

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    No human anatomy or art history?

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    That's great you got free time for art. Good luck in your journey.

    So I suppose my question is, am I forgetting anything? Are there any topics I'm not covering, or anything I'm devoting too much/too little time to? Any other ideas? I won't have a problem sticking to the schedule, I just want to make sure I'm not missing anything.
    There is no such thing as one perfect schedule that would work for everybody. I believe you make improvement much faster when you focus on practicing YOUR weakest areas. When you manage to overcome them, you look for new ones. Apart from that once in a while there is trying new things so that you grow versatile. I think doing it gradually is good to keep it fun instead of turning whole drawing into chore.

    I'm mostly self-taught and I take it day by day. The only way of organization that worked for me was TO DO list where I point out things that need to be improved at the moment. For example doing ten pages of gesture drawings or digital value studies for few days. When I feel like I have enough of some excercise, I remove it from the list even if I end up half way. It's important beacause when I feel bored, it's much harder to concentrate and whole drawing becomes too automatic.
    After going through all points from my list I create new one according to my actual needs. Sometimes it changes before I go through all things if I feel later there are some ideas that became pointless.
    Very loose system but it's constructed especially to keep it fun .

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