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To most of you this might be a silly question but here it goes anyway:
I would like to start drawing people from life, but with my current level I feel that this is not going to help me improve as much as if I keep doing still life to really learn how to see, etc.
So, is it bad practice to start to draw people from life when you can't even do it in front of a mirror or from a photo?
I know it won't hurt me, but I also know that its not all about pencil miles, but about being smart in your practices..
Thanks, and sorry if it is too obvious of a question.
Drawing people from life will help you improve a ton at any level. If you go to life classes, it is still very much the same as still life. If you want to draw people you should not put it off at all. Just do it! To start off with life drawing, grab a mirror and do your self portrait....if you feel somewhat self conscious. They are hard, but they will get better....the more you do them. The same goes for anything else!
Study gestures, as a shorthand for the human figure. Follow Loomis or Vilppu, or whatever works best for you. Don't wait for things to happen, start now.
it's cool to know that guys. I thing I might need to believe in you in this one, because it's not sinking in my mind yet, because, if I have trouble with proportions and light etc with a still life, will it be good to jump right into drawing a, possibly, moving living thing? Shouldn't I be learning to measure angles and distances with a sighting stick first (wouldn't this push me farther, and be a more smarter practice according to my level)?
I hope I'm completely wrong, because it seems much more fun to draw people and animals and other cool stuff from life, than doing stills with sighting sticks.
People are a kind of 3D object. You will learn the same observation skills drawing them as drawing an apple. If you're bored with apples, by all means try drawing people.
When people say this, what they mean is "don't neglect the basics and don't practice the exact same thing in exactly the same way all the time". What they DON'T mean is "never try anything different or out of order because you're afraid of learning inefficiently."I know it won't hurt me, but I also know that its not all about pencil miles, but about being smart in your practices..
You can (and probably should) measure and check angles when drawing people, too. Though you're probably only going to be able to do that with self portraits and long poses in a life drawing session rather than, say, coffee shop sketches...
Treat people like any other subject, look at the shapes and forms and so forth the same way you would look at a box or an apple and it should make things a bit easier. It only gets daunting if you start thinking "OMG it's a person!!"
But anyway, it doesn't hurt to try. The worst that can happen is you make some crappy drawings, right? And if you try it and decide you're better off doing more still life drawings instead, well hey, you tried, and now you know.
Now I'm really trying to make proportions correct by using just line to define the object in a constructive way. I'm thinking of the form of the object and relationships between shapes etc. Is this doing the same thing over, and over? because I thought about doing this during some months and after being able to draw accurate proportions of everything I see, I'll switch to another fundamental study, for example, light and shadow. But maybe it's not the best approach.
Guys, I'm really sorry if this are stupid worries. (someone will eventually tell me they are)
I think your doing great.
Drawing is drawing. Subject is a very distant second. The big shift most people need to make is to learn to see shape, value and form...not "ear", eye", "foot", jacket, etc. Hard thing for the human mind, which is so caught up in names and "knowing", to shift to just seeing.