The challenge is challenging, but in a good way. The whole world looks a bit differently when you have art on the mind. I wonder about the most efficient way to study, but currently I'm enjoying the steady improvement and how peaceful an activity drawing is.
Strato Looks really useful- I will check it out, thanks!
Hem Ah! I know what you mean These past few weeks have been amazing, I've finally found something I really *really* enjoy for the first time in my life Keep working hard!
elwghee Yeah, I need to work on that Thanks!
Kerynean Thanks, but I have a loong long way to go if I want to become even somewhat decent!
matthewactual The 10,000 hour idea? It's from a book called "Outliers", it suggests that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master any skill
Had a bit of an epiphany when I was practicing anatomy - Almost everything in life is made up of the 4 basic 3D shapes in perspective, so if I learnt to draw these 3D shapes in any direction in correct perspective with correct foreshortening = I could draw anything from imagination? o_0 Maybe?
"Had a bit of an epiphany when I was practicing anatomy - Almost everything in life is made up of the 4 basic 3D shapes in perspective, so if I learnt to draw these 3D shapes in any direction in correct perspective with correct foreshortening = I could draw anything from imagination? o_0 Maybe?"
In a sense, there's nothing different between a mountain range, a tree, a spaceship, or a human body. Everything, EVERYTHING can be broken down into your fundamental 3-d forms. Boxes, spheres, cylinders, cones, (To make Jeff happy) torus... Bear in mind that these are abstractions that we use almost like pegs to give us a foothold on foreshortening and realistic drawing. They give your mind something to grab on to, before refining things down into what they actually are. They will not allow you to draw from imagination by themselves, but they can give you quite a leg up. The missing info will come from other sources. For instance, a cylinder may represent a leg, as it's pushing away from you into space. But is it relaxed, as if laying on the ground or an object, or is it tensed as if the figure was jumping off a wall? Which muscles will be in action, or inaction? This will be filled in with either references or a very intimate knowledge of anatomy (supplemented by lots of previously used references.)
Well, I've rambled. Your epiphany was a good one, but don't get too far ahead of yourself.
Last edited by Strato; September 6th, 2011 at 08:49 PM.
I think I underestimated the importance of the first few exercises...Especially the 'spherical forms' one...it's so hard to figure out what forms are coming forward/going back in space. From reference: Attachment 1318239