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    what's the most important thing you ever learned about art?

    What's the most important thing you ever learned bout art?


    The most important thing I learned about Art is, that there are two ways to enhance the realism of your paintings/drawings (correct anatomy and lightning etc...):
    - Make a lot of studies of everything. I learned this by doing studies and recognizing the enormous learning effect
    - Constantly take "mental notes" of everything you see. I learned this by reading a quote of John Singer Sargent and after a few weeks of trying I recognized that it works.
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    The most important thing I ever learned about art is that it is not some magical miracle that is beyond all reason (as third grade techers would have you beleive). Art is a product of reason. There can be right and wrong art. An artist can make mistakes. Reason can be applied to correct these mistakes, and make an artist's work better. A critique is a wonderful wonderful wonderful thing, even when it is a no good very bad biting harsh one.
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    I've learned that once you can wrap your head around something, you can draw it. That's kind of related to the making studies - you make studies so that you can understand what you're drawing.

    I remember a couple months ago, I was going out to a stable and drawing every week, and I got really frustrated with my drawings... I was just going out there, looking at the horse, and then drawing a horse in my sketchbook. I wasn't looking at the horse and drawing what I saw... I was drawing what I thought I saw.

    So my most important lessons have been to understand what you're drawing and don't draw what you THINK you see.
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    Don't be scared to put lines on the paper and don't erase to much. I did that first and not much came of it but frustration.

    I'm interested in that Sargent quote, can you type it down please?
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    Try out different mediums and styles, don't restrict yourself to a particular style right away.

    Other things: always draw spine line. And if having trouble visualize things, break it down to basic elements. And always remember to cast shadow and use reflective lighting.
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    that is not easy..that is a lot of work and dedication..well if you want to do more than splattering paint ..and well the rewards..the ohhh and ahh of peoople..somehow..they give you some kind of respect..well thats what i get when im sketching/painting outside..sometimes i hate it hehe..i dont want people to interupt me!!..ah yes that is addictive..you wont stop doing it until you die. i love it everytime ...i guess..the the 7 years of not drawing help me realize how much i lost buahhhhhhhh
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    That Art should be a direct communication between the artist and the viewer.
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    that i love doing it and that an important motivation and factor in making progress is that you infact love making the art
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    Quote Originally Posted by luxun
    that i love doing it and that an important motivation and factor in making progress is that you infact love making the art
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    Also i've got to say, Bammer I'd be careful with that line of thought. Look at one of Miyazaki's movies and tell me there's no magic in it. I just won't believe you. And magic comes from the heart, not the brain.
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    You can achieve anything with time, effort, and a bit of luck.
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    The most important thing I've learned?

    Yeah I'm still trying to figure that out. They're all important to me.
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    That art is merely a language.
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    don't be afraid of the paper, if it's not working, toss it and do it again

    start fast and furious and work your way down to slow and steady

    shoot reference or look it up (GIS is amazing)

    study the artists you love and keep yourself saturated in other people's work

    you don't know it all and never will

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