Want to be better - faster?(original articled sumbitted to #HARPG-Mentors )Want to be better - faster? by ~DaneStables
It's time we sit down and have a little chat about art ^^
People often talk to me about becoming better at anatomy, coloring etc etc etc. How they wish they where as good as me and so on.
My response is always basicly the same and not really a big surprice: "Practice!"
But the learning curve is different for all artists.
Sometimes we feal like we're stuck, right?
We see all this pretty art from the people we watch, see how they do perfect anatomy how they mix amazing colors and do textures that are so perfect it's photo realistic. And then we open our own program with this great will to be the best(!), stares at a blank canvas and just think "POOP".
Am I right?
As much as other artists might inspire us - they also make us think "I will never be that good".
Sad, but true. I think it at least once a week. Sometimes I feal like that for entire weeks.
So now I can talk for hours about believing in your skillz, we'll get there yada yada y
Cultivating Your Drawing SkillsI believe drawing skills are never innate: when someone is a natural, what they really have are remarkable observational skills and the ability to apply them in their case, through drawing (it could just as well have been espionage ). Drawing skills can be cultivated by anyone able to use their minds and hands. There are basically only two approaches to do this: theory (+practice) and observation (+studies).Cultivating Your Drawing Skills by `majnouna
Theory is a structured, organised approach, learning from someone more experienced who's laid it all out for us in a course, book or tutorial.
Observation is an organic, unpredictable approach, learning directly from the real world around us and gradually deriving principles from it.
Alone, they are both incomplete; trying to work with only one of them would be like trying to walk with one foot. Studying lays down a solid foundation, which remains abstract and limited until observation brings it to life with details and real-life application