Hello everyone. Another newbie to join the ranks and I would like to first off say a big thank you to all those who dedicate their time to assist others. I have never known such a friendly online community.
I have recently decided to nurture my creative side and return to the world of art.
I have always had a keep interest in art, i spend hours surfing the web drooling at artwork and really appreciate the effort and skill and time that goes into each piece.
Now I have what I would call a 'good eye' for art.
I can draw great from reference getting a lot of the fundamentals down, but what seems to happen is that I am just making shapes and value and colour trying to match my reference... But not really grasping why the shapes look the way they do... Why the light shines the way it does off that surface and why. This really hinders my ability to 'draw from my minds eye'
So I have decided to start from basics.
I have a Wacom tablet and access to Photoshop but have decided to put that down and return to Pencil and paper for the time being until I grasp the fundementals.
The problem I have is there is just SO much to learn. I understand the learning process never stops. But there is just so much to take in I am struggling to find a good starting point.
I do intend on starting a sketch book and just posting as much work on there as possible. Then hopefully through crits and advise I will know where I should be heading.
Can anyone help me steamline my learning process?
Should I be studying from reference? Life? People? Places? Light? Value? shapes, shadows anatomy etc...
Thanks for reading. I hope it all makes sense, Any advice is more than welcome.