Art Practice and Schedules
I would have thought that finding examples on my own through google would have been fairly simple...ah well. I am curious as to your "Art Schedule." Really, I am going to setup my own and am trying to get ideas of what is a good setup. I am terrible at setting up my own schedules and work much better by example. Here is what I am thinking of doing.
Start with warm up (5-10 mins?)
--Basic lines, squares, circles
Gesture Drawing using that poser device thingie (10-30 mins?)
Perspective practice (maybe an hour?)
Anatomy study (maybe 1 hour)
Loomis/bridgeman/vilpuu studies (maybe 1 hour)
Still life (that always varies)
Personal Piece (that always varies)
Not really sure how long to spend on anything. This is more for days that I have open to do nothing but draw. I really can`t find any information about this, so what do you do? How do you break down your practice? What do you find most effective?
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Well there's the Crimson daggers/Mr. Delicious's old schedule which is pretty well known:
Although you should just use that as a good example, try experimenting to develop a schedule that would work for you.
And be realistic.
No really, don't try to do more than you're capable of. If you're having a hard time doing as much as you'd like, slowly work up to that level of productivity, once you get comfortable getting a certain number of things done, push yourself a little more (e.g. an extra study or an extra half an hour of drawing).
Couple crucial things missing in your schedule:
Master copies are to help you apply those anatomy studies and build your skills for life drawing. Rubens, Durer, Leonardo, Michelangelo already did some of the hard stuff for you-- translating colored 3D things into B&W 2D things that are easier to draw than real humans. And, you can compare their work with your anatomy texts to see how they "interpreted" anatomy.
If you can find practical studio sessions with nudes, do as many as you can. Otherwise, stakeout libraries and coffee shops-- daily if you can!
Also, I tend to do gesture practice with real people or objects-- one of the freaky things about Posemaniacs is their unworldly, unnatural gestures!
Little bit of memory drawing makes for good warm up material as well.
Oh, and draw some cartoons or subjects that you like outside of art interests-- try to have some fun!
Roboko-- Thanks for the example! I haven`t heard of that one before ^_^;
Kamberpark--thank you for reminding me. I only did a small slice of what I was thinking of, but I think the biggest thing is organizing my time. I live in the middle of nowhere so it is hard to get to places with people--so I take what I can get (I agree with the posemaniacs being really weird) I do have life drawing classes twice a month, at least.
Maybe try some poses in front of a mirror now and then? Also self portraits and hand-and-foot studies. (You can never draw too many hands.) I used to live in the middle of nowhere, too, so mirrors were mighty handy...
Originally Posted by anjyil
The life drawing class twice a month is definitely a plus - if you have that, you're doing pretty good. (Where I lived, life drawing groups were sporadic. Though there was a beach nearby that was useful in summer.)
QueenGwenevere-- Thanks ^_^ I do lots of hand studies right now. Especially my thumb...not sure why. I am very fascinated with my thumb Thinking of doing my foot and leg, and maybe sometimes my arm. Sometimes I drag the standing mirror over for practice, but it is heavy so I don`t do it often (moving from this room right now is certain death as the other room that has the mirror doesn`t have air conditioning lol)
Isn't it funny how when we get deeper into this drawing thing, weird obsessions arise? I've been fascinated with shoulders for a while now, and back when I was into photography I was all about fire escapes.
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haha. Very true. Thumbs are safe obsessions for me--my husband got really freaked out when I started obsessing over skulls. Still am, but playing it down for his sake ^_^
I need something new to obsess over. I don't think it's ever really happened to me. It'll definitely help me fill up my sketchbooks faster and with something worthwhile.
Psychotime, it definately makes things more interesting ^_^
definitely include the life drawing and master copies as kamber says otherwise, just really make sure youre in practice with things.. keep up with your anatomy, its really easy to get off track a little while, then forget everything you learned last week..
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