You know that graph of artist improvement? The line that goes sort of like stairs with long stasis and the sudden burst of improvement and then stasis again.
Yeah, I feel like I'm in stasis. Infact, I have felt like that for long time now. Constant repeating of exercises yet nothing seems to be sinking in.
Sometimes I feel like I'm just so close of getting what so many artists seemed to have grasped already, yet, when I make a move to grab it it vanishes in a puff of smoke.
So incredibly frustrating. I hope that improvement step is right around the corner becasue I seriously need it to up my moral.
Maybe you should try some exercises that you haven't done before? Get some of the exercises from related fields like design and try and find a way to apply it to your work.
I don't think you are in too much trouble though. Your skill is exceptional
wasted today trying to get something done with charcoal. Only thing I really achieved was royally pissing myself off. Seriously, How in the hell do people control this stuff!?!
Love the marks and matte black you can achieve with it but holy flying #¤"¤¤#"¤"# it lifts off easily. I seriously can't wrap my head around how people can work with it .
sigh....and the mess. Maybe I should just stick with graphite.
The painful thing is that I know I won't. As long as there's amazing charcoal art out there I will keep wanting to make something like that and I'll grab a set of charcoals and start bashing my head against the brickwall again...and again...and again.
Sweet looking pencils - confident strokes and great sense of planes on almost everything! I especially like the different marks and sense of light on this one. The charcoal sketch too looks fluid, your frustration with the medium sure doesn't show in that one.