Well, today during class we had an assignment to take a cool picture that an artist had made (strong poses mostly)...and...trace the silhouette then change what was inside it to something else.
The teacher said it was to help us understand strong silhouettes, but the entire time I wasn't even noticing the silhouette under my tracing paper... I was just focusing on not going out of the lines.
I kept thinking "wouldn't it be better to sit down and analyze why the silhouettes in the picture are strong"? I could see that actually helping me understand that aspect of design (breaking it down to exactly why something falls flat, or why it pops based on its silhouettes).... but just doodling (thats exactly what he said we should be doing) inside the lines was just ...crazy?
Apparently we were told to think of something else, not about what we were working on (WTF?! I am constantly told by concept artists that you need to think about EVERYTHING when designing the details of a concept... thinking about why this part is there, how it connects, what is it made of... everything).
And then there is the issue that this method of doodle detailing down the entire figure from top to bottom also goes against what I have been told about working "big to small". Working out the bigger forms, then working out the medium ones...and finally at the very very end start messing with the tiny details.
It seemed like the entire assignment was either A) completely not helping in the aspect it was meant to (silhouettes) or B) was actually going AGAINST everything I had been learning about how to draw up till that point.
Is it me? Is there some hidden something that I am missing? Or is it just a crazy method that I will mess around with for a couple days and then throw it away because...well.. it's not a very strong way to approach designing?
I really really don't want to be one of those artists that can only create by ridding the backs of other real artists (ripping off their composition and silhouette understanding). I want to learn how to do really do it... not how to fake it and hope no one notices how little I can really do on my own....