My name is Alexandre, I'm 25 years old and I'm serious about becoming a real professional artist. For a while I came to this forum just to see the amazing art of you guys, but from now on I'm intending to keep an updated sketchbook here. I'm just buying my first wacon bamboo tablet, so you are going to see my digital development from scratch (though I already have regular skill in drawing fundamentals)
Without further ado, the reason for this thread is to briefly discuss about the elements of drawing... I want to know your thoughts about it.
I did not came here without doing some research and thinking on my own.
Loomis stated in his "successful drawing" at least ten drawing principles that an artist should have in mind so his drawing be successful. Those are the five "P"s (perspective, planes, placement, proportion and pattern) and the five "C"c (character, contour, consistensy, conception and construction). Although his elements are useful to keep in mind, that was not what I was looking for.
I want to keep track of my progress, breaking the great task of "becoming a professional artist" in smaller goals, more specific ones. So, I'm trying to break the drawing in smaller elements that I can handle one by one.
So, I came up with some areas that an aspiring artist should struggle in order to achieve a "professional level". Those are:
Perspective - included the actual comprehension of the perspective rules and the ability to use then properly for each work purpose.
Light and shade
Uses of color
Cloths folds and types
Character design skills (being able to create the visual development of a variety of characters, from pretty girls to creatures)
Cars, motorcycles and vehicles in general
expression - which I mean not only facial expression, but the whole "impact" that the great artists are able to express through a simple rough.
These is what I have for now. Do you guys would add more for the list? And I would ask one more important thing. Which artist do you consider being at the very top on each of these "elements"? At least some of them, it would be nice to know your opinion on this!
Sorry for my english, I'm trying to improve in this aspect too!
Thanks for reading up to here!