That's a point of truth that I don't see mentioned as often as I think it should. That's why art instruction books will focus on simple things so often, painting an apple, drawing a cube, et cetera. If you can do that, you really can do anything.
Exactly Anid! Well said - and if you can't draw a cube, apple, etc. well, why on earth would you expect you could draw a dragon, robot, cthuloid, "X" well?! In any media, traditional or digital?
What would Caravaggio do?
Great thread, some really helpful tips. In an earlier post you mentioned how impractical it is to draw from life in the digital medium, but some people are lucky enough to have an iphone or an ipad, such as a David Hockney, who, whilst this sort of thing has probably been done by lots of people, has managed to make some interesting work,
I started life drawing class a few week ago. The good thing is with the vertical easels it gives lot of freedom, but it still hard when you only have 5 minutes to draw the person. Hell, even if I had twelve hours it would still be hard. It's still enjoyable. One thing I've learned is to detach yourself when working, to look everything objectively, and when needed starting the piece over again.
Hi Jeff thank you for this great insights. Just a few question..
What If I'm limited to life drawing? (I may draw from life but not most of the time) Won't drawing from google images of people help? I know some of you might think that this is just a reason and that no one is limited from life drawing. But if I wasn't, I wouldn't have ask these questions otherwise. It would help me a lot, even if you think this is a childish question or doesn't seem make sense.
copying photos is not anywhere near the same as working to translate 3 dimensional life to 2 dimensional images. Pictures distort reality and compress it all kinds of ways that are obvious to every pro but are oblivious to amateurs. Drawing only from photos is so limited in its skill set; like learning to walk like a toddler when you want to be a gymnast.
Ugh, is this another thread debating whether its better to work digitally or traditionally? Can't we just accept that for all intents and purposes it helps to know both? For the sake of learning there are certain things that you won't learn with the same clarity unless you pull out the old fashioned paint and canvas (or, if on a budget, canvas board or illustration board) However, once you are actually working there are lots of jobs where you don't have time to wait for paint to dry, and you probably won't get the job if all you have in your portfolio are oil paintings. Could go into detail about how either aspect is necessary, but really, do we need a huge argument?
If you think that you can get by with only one or only the other, well, I'd like to tell you that you are wrong but I've known people (even in our modern world) who only do one or the other and do alright for themselves. So even though I can't say you are wrong, I will say that in either case you are limiting yourself.