i posted the same words at sijun.com already, but because i am very lazy and many conceptart.org-surfers don't check out sijun too often, i post the same thread here again, looking forward to get an answer or two...
2 weeks ago i started to study design with focus on illustration at the "fachhochschule münster" (www.fh-muenster.de/fb7). i don't know if this is the right institution for me to follow my more or less diffuse aims, but i got some kind of hope when i got to know that one of their ex-students named "stian dahlslett" who made his diploma little time ago is working on star wars episode III right now, designing the costumes... ( www.starwars.com/episode-ii/feature/ 20030204/indexp4.html)
but i am sure stian had a hard time with his "main professor" (my prof, too!), because he told us that he always tried to move stian in a different direction, criticising his style etc.
i think stian put on blinkers, trying not to get demotivated by this on-the-whole-conservative-style which you can find everywhere in the fachhochschule. but i try to keep open-minded and open-hearded for new influences i could perhaps learn to like.
but so far about my scepticism, let's get to my main reason and why i opened the thread...
last wednesday i started my first class on figure drawing. there was no real instructor, just a student who said things like "at first let's do some 3min-poses for warming up" or "now some 1-min-short poses; keep your focus on the whole and don't draw fingernails, kno' mean?"
i already gained some knowledge about lifedrawing, figure-drawing and all that, but i would like to ask you about some hints or any kind of mental preparation when it comes to life-drawing...?
i am asking this, because i have the problem that my constructed figures (the loomis-way) always look very similar to each other; when i start to do figures from head, my pencil nearly automaticly does all the things i learned from loomis or from my anatomy-book, but my lifedrawing-experiences seem to get not included. of course, these 3 hours figure drawing last wednesday weren't the first ones i draw from nature; i already spent time drawing people when i sit in the train, bus or in the cafe etc. but for some reason these experiences don't effect my from-head-pictures
maybe i just have to forget about loomis-stuff and draw thousands of hours from life to see progress... or maybe i must prepare myself mentally when it comes to life-drawing- but how? any ideas? if this is discussed somewhere else already it would be enough if someone could post the thread...
and of course i would like to get general criticism, to increase my draw-what-i-see-ability.
so here are my first drawing-class outputs in un-chronological order; it was like "me against the fast running clock"
ps.: next time i will post my life drawings in the lifedrawing-thread which already exists, but this time i had so much to say and to ask, so i wanted to open a seperate thread. excuse this, please...
3min (and a very few 7-minute-ones)
7min; i tried to couple a loomis-esque skeleton with the drawing on the left.