jake-sketches said: I'm having real difficulty with colour and value but I really don't have the patience to do realism, I know it's the best way to learn but I feel drained as soon as I sit down to do it. I really need to start doing studies and I was wondering if you had any advice for either spicing them up or perhaps some examples of studies that don't require me to try and render everything photorealistically (which seems to be the direction other artists are pushing me in) thanks in advance
I just gotta ask— Which direction do YOU want to take? It’s not a matter of what other people want to push you into, it’s a matter of doing what YOU want with your work.
Practicing “Realism" isn’t really the only way to learn, it certainly is a way to learn for some people, specially those who have the skills, patience and passion to do it. Not everyone can do realism. I can’t do realism xD I tried for a while— it didn’t go well haha. But what I think, and I hope, they are trying to suggest you to do is practicing Anatomy, which to me is different. Realism is an aesthetic choice, artists that practice it try their best to represent their subject matter as accurate and truthful as possible (For example: The fantastic Euclase).
Anatomy in the other hand is the basic understanding of the human form which is a necessary skill to know to draw people accurately.
You seem to have a very graphic style, and that’s ok. 80% of my favorite (and very successful) artists are like that as well. If you like to render but not make things photo-realistically then go for it, that’s totally okay too.
Whatever way you want to work you just have to own it. Let it become you. If that’s how you wanna work, push your self, push your shapes more, improve as much as you can and repeat. Listen to what YOU want to do as opposed to what other people want you to do.
Regarding studies, I suggest you do life-drawing/Figure drawing. Try to find life-drawing sessions near you so you can draw from a model and compare your work with a group. If it’s an instructed session is even better. Gesture drawings are also a very good way to learn, it also teaches you about balance, movement and quick thinking. If you can’t do any of this, every time you are on the train or outside, draw the people you see, it’s a fantastic exercise.
If you are going to do a study, don’t do a study for the sake of doing a study. If that made any sense. If you have a weakness or something to improve— or even something you’ve never tried before!, do a study for that. Research how different people approached it and learn from them, there are many ways to do one thing.
I hope my ramble of words helps you in any way! xD
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