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    About learning order of fundamentals

    I'm trying to learn to draw from scratch. Someone on DeviantArt told me the following advices.

    • Learn gesture and value or value and gesture after perspective but before anything else.
    • Without values, I wouldn't be able to draw anatomy with depth. Drawing anatomy with depth is important.
    • Learn to draw complex forms like human figures in accurate perspective with something like Scott Robertson's How to Draw.
    • If I didn't stick to a proper learning order, it would become orders of magnitude harder to learn to draw figures, etc, ... in comics.

    If I assimilated his advices on the learning order of fundamentals of drawing, I would get something like

    • Basic Drawing Techniques(Straight Line, Ellipses, ...)
    • Proportion
    • Perspective
    • Complex forms in Perspective with something like Scott Robertson's How to Draw <-- This can come after Values
    • Values
    • Gesture -> Anatomy, or Gesture & Anatomy
    • (Texture &) Color (& Values again)

    I checked his gallery on DeviantArt. I found some rudimentary drawings of skulls, apples, and spaceships with some amounts of values. He didn't seem a lot more advanced than I am.

    I agree that if I knew values, I could draw anatomy with depth. What do you think of his opinions?

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    Looks okay. You don't need value to show depth: use line weight.
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    Hah, I know exactly who you're talking about on DA.
    Try the Draw a Box exercises, they guide you through a similar order.
    (click on the Learn tab at the top for more lessons)

    Yeah, values can be substituted with line weight for line drawings, which is all you need for basic anatomy studies and perspective.
    Also using cross-contour surface lines.
    You would use values for depth for more complicated compositions like when you're using color.

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    Video for that line weight:

    Look/study old master and contemporary artist how they used line for example, also draw from life, simple objects, room you are in, people, you name it. Always apply what you have studied for imagination work and have fun with it.

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    Thanks for useful information.

    I'll look into line weight, cross-contour surface lines, and drawabox.
    I heard a lot about drawabox before.

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