It´s been a long time since my last post and a lot of stuff happened. I changed my study schedule, participated in an online art school and focused generally more on practicing my base skills.
I kind of divided the way I learn into a simple approach where you build upon the foundation of these basic themes:
Lineart – Values – Color
Without good lineart (by that, I mostly mean proportion, shape, perspective) a painting will fail, even if values and color is done right. This is the foundation and starting point for all paintings.
Values are the next important step, as a well done lineart with well done values can be a finished painting on its own.
Color is the cherry on top of every painting. It conveys mood and atmosphere and lets a painting really shine when well done
For most of the time this year, I practiced my basic drawing skill in lineart, although you should never separately study one subject on its own entirely. You can put your focus to one aspect to intensify studying.
I also found that I had troubles to follow any practice schedule with a set amount of time for any one subject. After trying out various schedules, I found what works best for me is basing my schedule on workload. With a set time to study a certain subject, I drifted off and started to draw against time rather than concentrate on studying. And a 1 hour study isn´t any good when you are not focused on what you do, but only on how much time has past.
By workload I mean, I set an amount of work I want finished by the end of the day and stick to these mini deadlines.
One page of gesture drawings from reference
One page of gesture drawings from imagination
One page of studies of various subjects (at the moment mostly anatomy and some design studies)
2-3 quick value studies
A double page in my sketchbook (A5 Moleskin) with studies and/or sketches from imagination (any subject I want, currently focusing on figures)
- Part of a more detailed Master study (old masters and painters still alive, I consider masters) in color (about ¼ to 1/3, meaning I finish one every 3-4 days)
The advantage of this study schedule is that I don´t need to constantly watch the time and I don´t have to stick to one subject only for a set amount of time. So I could start with gestures and go to some sketchbook sketches and back to gestures again followed by a master study and doing some more gestures after that spread out across the day until the workload is fullfilled.
Another advantage of this method : it trains one to stick to deadlines!
The funny thing is, I manage to practice more in hours per day at a higher level of motivation than I did with a timed schedule.
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