Originally Posted by 652
2 Months was serious about learning it. (general hypothesis)
What reason is there for someone who draws for 1 year to be worse then someone who has drawn for 2 months?
What sorts of practices/exercises should a beginning artist be performing to achieve progress?
Value scales, basic shapes, drawing from life to get an idea of how shadows form. You can try some anatomy too when you feel comfortable.
Would it be smarter for someone learning to draw a certain style to start with that certain style? or is it smarter for an artist to always start with realism?
If you start with realism, I personally like to think knowing what's there and how it looks is what helps you get the basis for stylization. So advise starting with realism, because then you just look at other styles, and you can easily see what they did to make their work look different.
Contour Drawing is JUST the outline. Helps develop hand-eye coordination, pencil control and it helps you train your eye to start seeing things as shapes rather than as, for example, a bottle, a baseball bat, or a football. Or, for better example, draw the outside of a car key - do NOT draw the hole for the keychain, or any of the grooves that come with the key. JUST the outline.
What exactly is contour drawing and why is it the most recommended beginner's exercise?
My best guess is that Anime artists that are just learning think anime is a simple task, and it couldn't be easier to draw. To draw it well, and dare I say professionally - requires all the same knowledge that a realist uses - knowledge of light, form, function, shading, technique, abstraction, and the ability to draw with confidence. The pro's that draw anime know exactly where the eyes go on the face, they know that a pointier nose, rounder chin, and longer eyelashes imply "woman". So much more goes into it than what people realize.
I should state that this is all in regards of drawing "anime"-style art, since this seems to be the most common art style I've seen attempted and failed.
Great questions btw!
Doctors heal you, Artists immortalize you.
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach" - bullshit.
The usual staples for anatomy: