Hey all, just an assorted bunch of questions, I've been meaning to ask:
1. I don't quite understand the difference between this forum (Art Discussion) and Fine Arts. I assumed Fine Arts would cover any questions on the technical side to art, but I notice many questions (one of mine included) got moved to here, although the forum description says "Conversations about art" which seems to be more general and vague in comparison with "The technical side to art. Get help with honing your skills." which is the description for Fine Arts. Not a problem, I just want to know what topics are acceptable where
2. I'd really like to hear how most of you capture your non-digital art. Right now I'm using my camera phone and as much light in the room as possible. I also tweak the levels a bit in software. The results (see my sketchbook) are often blurry and murky, so I could do with some tips to improve that. I'm borrowing a DSLR camera that I want to use, but not sure if there are any guides to setting up a good environment to take pictures? Perhaps a tripod would help.
3. What do you guys use for figure poses? I have a bunch of bookmarks for reference photographs (like The Drawing Script), but I was looking into getting a manikin, and wondered if you had any reccomendations. The basic ones I see on Amazon don't seem to have accurate proportions and people talk about inflexibility or loose joints.
4. Can you reccomend any resources, books or tips to improving line work? At the moment (see my sketchbook for examples) my lines are a nervous, scribbly rash and I'd like to improve on that. Is it a muscle thing? Or does learning to see better improve one's confidence with using and placing lines correctly?
5. Book wise, I'm currently working through Loomis - Fun With A Pencil and Norling - Perspective Made Easy. Once I've done those I plan to buy Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain and follow up with Dodson's "Keys To Drawing". Does this sound like a decent book progression? Are there any other invaluable beginner books I could check out?
Thanks. Please do drop by my sketchbook and give me any tips and hints in general, I'm always reading this forum and trying to soak up knowledge about fundamentals of drawing. I must say it's quite hard at first because I don't really have much structure to my learning as I have no idea what's important and what isn't, but hopefully slogging through the books will help me to improve that.