Hi all, I'm from New Zealand, I'm eighteen, almost nineteen on the 25th.
I love drawing, and it simply depresses me that I (right now) can't draw all the things floating around my imagination as well as I'd like to.
I'm desperate to improve, so desperate I'm willing to face my fear of anatomy drawing. It's not the fact it's a skinless person, it's because the thought of drawing something so realistic (with the logical left side of my brain telling me it wont turn out) especially with all those details and shading and angles and ahhhh.... Nevertheless, I will proceed, I will draw everyday, I will get better, I will accept critisim, and I will oneday look at my work and see the improvement.
Okay enough of that.
Last edited by Mudo; October 21st, 2009 at 10:08 PM.
I would describe drawing as, the process of trying to solve visual problems... translating a 3D problem to a 2D surface.
It's really nothing more than that--the draughtmanship part anyway.
For me, the best path to learning drawing was studying volume... figuring out how to represent volume on a flat surface.
Currently, I'm drawing lots and lots of "block people" (Bridgman) because they're simpler than the real figure (Posemaniacs) and you should be able to learn to DOMINATE those few directions ...
Block people have an advantage over smooth figures because they only go in a few directions. Master those, and you begin to understand volume much better. Then, you begin sub-dividing those "blocks" more and more, and your understanding of the human figure (as well as other 3D volumes) is much deeper. Then is when your drawings start to take on a real "authentic" look, and stop looking flat.
I have a fear of drawing people too, I was absolutely horrid at them and refused to draw them... I only started my anatomical studies a few years back Learned the hard way that anatomy practice is absolutely essential though, so I'd say try to tackle it as best as you can.
My advice: try not to take in everything all at once. Simplify muscle groups, try to find the most efficient formula possible, and work from there. Be loose and bold with your strokes so you can present rhythm in figures better. I recommend looking up Riven Phoenix's videos on YouTube, he goes in-depth about excellent formulas you can use in drawing the human figure.
Thanks! yeah I think my problem starts, that when I draw observing from a reference picture or something (whatever comes out of my imagination is comparable to baby scribbles) I start getting all precise and start drawing too many details because I want everything to be perfect and a masterpeice even if it's simply practise, but afterwards I realise I went way overboard and it looks like crap because... well I dunno, I'm insecure about practise I guess.
Just a quick face, nothing special, practising shading and such, I need to work on drawing eyes more but there's plenty of time to do that!
Not sure if I'll draw anymore today though, my neck is aching terribly.