(written february 2013) I am turning 18 in June and my current goal is to become a illustrator/concept artist (mostly illustration), but that may change as time goes by and my art makes more progress. But my main goal is to reach my fullest potentional in drawing, which is a lifelong challenge. Another part of that goal is do to it as most efficient as possible. I want to do evrything in the right order, to get the most out of the excersises I do. I also want to stop drawing stuff that does not increase my artistic abillities.
The sooner I reach a professional level the better so I can get to establish as an artist to get financial stabillity.
Thats why I need help to find out how to learn all the core fundamentals.
I dont lack any motivation, my main obstacle is to figure out how to structure my future learning process and what resources to use.
This is why I need need some guidance. I pointed out some important factors below.
-Where to start
- What I should focus on
- Your reviews on the books
- How much time i should spend on each study
- Experience on becoming better
- Mistakes you made
- Things to avoid
- Articles to read, books to study
- Evrything you would think is helpful Attachment 1810837Attachment 1810841Attachment 1810838Attachment 1810842Attachment 1810839Attachment 1810840Attachment 1810834
I dont feel i have the proper skills to finish these sketches like this.
The idea that i have is to use these sketches to practice figures, anatomy perspetive and composition and to improve my creative thinking.
And i want to do exercises with basic shapes to practice vaule, form and lighting.
Thats why i plan the separate thesedrawings from value and lighting exercises with basic shapes. This is to practice the basic shapes but still maintain my creativity.
I collect favourites and try to find artists i like to get a better idea of where I want go with my art.
Before I get down to the drawing I want to collect as many resoursces as possible, and make some kind of structured plan so i dont get completely lost in somwhere in the path of the learning process.
Older work: http://v3gar.deviantart.com/gallery/
Most of it is very diffrent from those i posted here, but I recommend taking a look at it.
One thing i want to mention is that i hardly use references when working, but i will use much more from now on.
Useful youtube channels:
- Do you have anyone else i could add?
Books and videos i plan to study:
Guide to drawing from life
Drawing on the right side of the brain
Figure drawing for all it´s worth
Drawing the head and hands
Fun with a pencil
Perspective made easy
The Vilppu drawing manual
Vilppu studio video series
Riven Phoenix from http://www.alienthink.com/:
The structure of man series
I have read some bad reviews about this course, and i wonder if its worth spending time on?
Other Books for later studies:
Eye of the painter
Drawing dynamic hands
Drawing the human head
Dynamic wrikles and Drapery
Are there any other books i should add to my list?
Drawing from life
Doing portraits from pictures
Excercise from books
- anything to add here?
In what order do I study these things to get the most out of it, and are there many other things to keep in mind which I left out? And most importantly for now, where do I start? I would really appreicate any advices or comments given to this post and I will post updates regularly to keep this thread alive
Last edited by v3gar; February 21st, 2014 at 01:58 PM.
For start i think you should finish some of theese sketches, and than in couple of efforts there will be a skill growth, just keep it going and always remember, that skill will rise in years, and years and just more years, so keep on trying!
I Began on " Drawing on the right side of the brain" yesterday, and the first assignment was to make 4 drawings, which you can look at after you finish the course in the book to see if you improved.
- The male character was drawn with no reference, and it took around 1 hour to finish.
- The hand is my own which took about 1 hour aswell.
-The chair took 2 hours to finish.
- The face was drawn with a mirror in front of me and tok 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Great masterplan and some very promising sketches! Keep up the great work, continuity is the key!
Some books I could recommend, are the both books of James Gurney, especially the one about Color&Light (Imaginative Realism is the other one), he also has a fantastic and versatile blog (http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.de/), I'm not completely sure but I think you can find everything from the books on the blog too, so you might check it out, as for me I think the books are a good investment though, because you have everything sorted and collected together and might read it everywhere.
I love that you created a plan right away, this will help you immensely in terms of maintaining direction. I need to take a page out of your book there. Also really like how fun and imaginative your stuff already is - this is a very important part in making engaging artwork and seems to get glossed over a lot in the scramble to improve, but not for you, apparently. Awesome.
A great book in terms of building up those basic drawing skills is Kimon Nicolaides' The Natural Way To Draw. It's great because it lays out a timed exercise plan using foundational exercises that every artist has to go through to strengthen their observational abilities - and it explains the exercises as well as ways to approach them in great detail, so you are never muddling around wondering if you're doing it right. Great place to start, IMHO - I've been working with it and I love it, as it solves the issue of not knowing how much time to put into your foundations beautifully.