Hey and thanks for stopping by!
I'm currently putting together a full-scale art curriculum for myself since, frankly, I cannot find any artschools in Norway that are either not too traditional or too mumbojumbo.
But I need your help. What kind of death traps should I avoid? What's the hardest parts? And what are the easy parts?
Advice from anyone with experience within teaching art would be greatly appreciated.
At the moment I'm on a 3-month martial arts/language trip to China, but I'm hoping to have a concrete plan to work on when I get back home (2nd of June).
Right now I'm trying to enjoy as much of the Chinese culture as I can, but I churn out the eventual sketch which I will upload to a sketchbook here so you can see what level I am currently on (though the lack of a scanner means photos of any traditional stuff).
At my disposition I have a Wacom Intuos 3 A5 tablet and of course pens, pencils and paper. I'd love any suggestions on different kind of paper, pencils (mechanical vs "normal ones"?) to get for basic sketching and life drawing.
I figure most of my anatomy studies and life drawings will be done on paper while more complex stuff like colour and enviroments will be done digitally.
I've set aside 8 hours a day and ALL my progress will be uploaded to CA.org.
I have split the day into four two-hour batches and with the help of ryanoir and Andrew Sonea I've split the "basics" into different "classes".
- Figure Drawing for All It's Worth by Andrew Loomis
- Drawing Heads and Hands by Andrew Loomis
- Guide to Life Drawing Bridgman by George Bridgman
- Constructive Anatomy by George Bridgman
- Der Nackte Mensche by Bammes
- Atlas of the Human Anatomy for the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck
First off I'll start with studying Loomis' books and life drawing. Loomis I will study from the safety of my working space (which I have yet to set up) and as for life drawing I will attend all the sessions of all the nearby galleries I can find, as well as coffeshop creeping. Geastures will be done (probably using lovecastle and pixelovely). Memory studies.
I'll follow up with Bridgman after Loomis and then go on with Bammes, I'll add in some photostudies to the mix and in the end masterstudies.
I've also been reccommended studying Hogarth. Thoughts, people? Anything I should swap out?
I've been told to study values before color and light. What kind of studies are preferable? So far studies from life (including casts, selfportraits), screen caps, photos (both greyscale and colour) and masters is the current order in which I'll do it.
Any thoughts? Kinda stumped on what to add. Suggestions pretty please?
Silhouette studies, negative/positive shapes, thumbnail drawings.
Stumped here as well. Merge value and shapes into one subject, maybe? Thoughts?
Colour and Light:
- Color and Light - A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney
- The Dimensions of Colour by David Briggs
Studies from life, to photos, to masters.
Suggestions on approches to this?
- Basic Perspective Drawing by John Montague
- Perspective Drawing Handbook by Joseph D'Amelio
Lifestudies, photostudies, masterstudies.
- Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting by John F. Carlson
Life, thumbnails, photostudies, masterstudies.
- Wikipedia's pages on the History of Western Art
- Simon Schama's series on art
Not too serious about this, just an addition.
Imagination and Challenges:
These hours I will spend doing drawings from imagination, utilizing what I'm currently studying, to make sure my brain does not rot and to get some more fun into it all.
I will also do the ConceptArt.Org challenges here, my goal will be to finish at least one of the challenges every week.
- The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed
- Imaginative Realism by James Gurney
- Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers by Koos Eisse
- Thinking With Type by Ellen Lupton
- The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expressions by Gary Faign
Extra stuff I want to learn/go through.
- Animal/Creature anatomy
- Vehicles/industrial design
All help is greatly appreciated! Everything from book suggestions to study methods to tips about classes to shearing of sheep! Everything you tell me takes me one step closer!
Also, feel free to share your experiences with similar attempts.