OK, so many people come an ask the same question over an over..where to start if im a beginer, or im getting back to art, or i want to master the fundamentals. Concept art is already doing this ,by way of dvd's videos..I have three of them and they are great..and people here help each other out, but some people seem lost at what to do...exactly where do i start from zero.
what should i do everyday..some exercises for expecific purposes.
As you see, im no master (im working towards it hehe, hell the other day i started sculpting with clay,and i suck!).Anyways ,lets get to the points you need to master to become a strong artist.
PLEASE I INVITE OTHER ARTISTS TO POST INTO THIS THREAD, SHOW WHAT YOU DO,WHAT THIS EXERCISE WILL BRING? so i can also do it
5.the fifth element is YOU,getting to know yourself hehe.
First get yourself a SKETCHBOOK, swear to yourself you will draw in it everyday no matter what, (hey you eat,sleep everyday,so make Draw a natural routine in your life)
For a representative artist (be it a painter,sculptor,illustrator,concept artist,or whatever), is better if your time is well spent mastering the nude figure first. that doesnot mean you cannot draw other subjects as well,but you will try to concentrate your efforts into mastering the human skeleton,its proportions,then the muscle forms, origins and insertions,and finally the expression and movement of it. This wont happen overnight,it takes many years.
Here most of us agree in acquiring the Loomis books.http://www.fineart.sk/index.php?cat=1
Succesful drawing and drawing the figure are the ones you need to study (study means read and draw!)..take it step by step..
the other book i recomend is the American Drawing book, so you can do some of the exercises in it as well.
ALSO, apart from Anatomy (for mastering the human form),Perspective (to help with space)must be study as hard as anatomy, and the third subject is geometry (in the chapman book there is a chapter that explains this) which will help you on being orderly and having lots of patience,plus will make you sensitive to duh..geometry which is the root of all the concepts that lie in it.
Anyways lets get to our first exercise..since i assume you know nothing or at least something..
Most past artists started copying engravings..why because it helps you in mastering line, and start thinking of line going over form..regardless of wether you know the form or not. You can look for any engraving,but i rather select the best when it comes to being precise.. you have two masters Durer and Goltzius, again here we are not concerned with looseness, for it i would pick Rembrandt or even Frazetta,but those will teach you other tipe of lessons.
So pick up a piece of paper and a ball point pen (try to get a black one)
draw as you naturally draw..or with the techniques you have learnT
this is done free hand, have the image in front of you,or if you prefer ,print it out.
get a pencil, do a prestudy,this means draw it small,why?so we learn to see the whole before the parts,also to get a "feel for what we draw" before we do the big job, to sort of experience the subject. a sort of warm up...after that,get your piece of white paper, use a pencil to do a quick lay in, then start your drawing as you normally do. Use of course Pen, this will force you to SLOW DOWN AND THINK BEFORE YOU PUT, NO ERASER HEHE, try to be as accurate as you can, try to copy him exactly, it does not matter how it turns out, it will probably suck,but hey is the first time you are "doing it" hehe..this as any skill takes practice..Have fun!!
Oh by the way this is the Fall of Icarus, do research to find out who he was>>
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THIS IS NOT FOR POSTING YOUR DRAWINGS OR ANY OF THE EXERCISES YOU DO FROM THIS THREAD, FOR THAT YOU POST IN YOUR OWN THREAD TO GET FEEDBACK..THANKS