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    Should I be sticking strictly to the basics or can I wander

    I have been drawing shoulder muscles and noses for the past few days and was wondering if it's good to have all my focus in the fundamentals.
    Should I be drawing characters or scenes and other things or should I focus only on anatomy and whatnot?


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    In my personal oppinion I think art practice should be about one part fun and one part technical.

    As long as you do your studies you can draw what the heck you want. Besides, it helps you figure out what you like to draw and what kind of style you're aiming for. Just doing studies won't actually teach you how to apply what you learn. You have to do that yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tobbA View Post
    Just doing studies won't actually teach you how to apply what you learn. You have to do that yourself.
    Pretty much that.

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    Focusing on the basics is a good thing because these underpin everything else. However, knowledge of the technical side isn't all you need to create an artwork. To do that you need knowledge of how to build and create subject, narrative and composition. So yes, you really need to practice creating full works of art alongside your other studies. And, very important, make sure you finish every single piece. If you leave a piece unfinished you've wasted your time.

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    If you leave a piece unfinished you've wasted your time.
    naaaaaaaah.

    op: "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy". apply what you learned.
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    Have fun mostly and keep it light. Read above for better responses and probably below. Matter of fact, just skip this.

    But seriously, studies provide the basic understanding of what your want to do and your imagination completes the form of your piece. You'll have to take bits and pieces of everything you're going to learn and apply it to varying situations in order to create something unique.

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    I've started to loosen up a bit. I've started drawing some fan arts and I might even make an original piece.
    I guess making imperfection is the best way I'll learn

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobbA View Post
    In my personal oppinion I think art practice should be about one part fun and one part technical.
    I couldn't agree more. Having a short attentionspan, even studies have to be interesting and fun for me. Not that i dont do the dry stuff, but i feel like i learn more when i like what i'm doing.
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    Why not mix business with pleasure? Draw naked chics/guys and call it "studies" like the rest of us.

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    While applying all learned knowledge you can actually see if you understood or remembered your studies. It's important to check it often so that you don't waste energy on learning method that doesn't work for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Sloth View Post
    I've started to loosen up a bit. I've started drawing some fan arts and I might even make an original piece.
    What are you doing? You haven't mastered shoulders and noses yet!

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    you've been drawing shoulder muscles and noses for days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zwarrior View Post
    you've been drawing shoulder muscles and noses for days?
    I usually spend 3-4 days on two subjects. This time was shoulders and noses. Then there was skulls and knees, feet and arms, etc.
    I have pages of my past anatomy work laid out on walls and when I finish a subject I've drawn before I place it under my past drawing to see the improvements I've made and what still needs to be fixed. As I keep doing them I throw out the top drawing and it's a constant flow.
    I like to do things in a particular organized manner. I'll admit it is a little strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnifex View Post
    naaaaaaaah.

    op: "all work and no play makes jack a dull boy". apply what you learned.
    Yeah, but what I mean is don't give up on a piece. If you intend to do a sketch, do it. If you indend to do a full piece, finish it. If you want to practice your detailing skills it's not going to help you if you start on 5 paintings and give up on them at the sketch stage. There's nothing wrong with doodling or sketching or whatever, obviously, but if you consistently fail to meet your objective then IMO you'll never improve.

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