What is it like to draw what is essentially a blank canvas on which to draw? Will this help me, say, at night to relax and go to sleep after an intense training session? Will it make me a better artist?
In response to what you see as my naive and ignorant assumption about “learning to draw”, you seem much more informed and perhaps more qualified to address my questions.
To begin, how do you go about drawing a 3D object? Is it a series of “pancakes”, or the result of carefully and skillfully applying a few guidelines that make an object look, feel and play as it’s supposed to?
Do you see yourself as more of a sculptor with a “tool bag” of tools to use, rather than an artist using a variety of tools for the best results, taking the occasional break here and there to practice a technique that works better? How do you go about applying a technique in a way that works well with your style?
Is learning to draw hard? What is it like to draw what is essentially a blank canvas on which to draw? Will this help me, say, at night to relax and go to sleep after an intense training session? Will it make me a better artist?
Many artists I’ve come across over the years seem to have developed a kind of “learn to draw” mentality to drawing that seems very alien to me. The concept of “teaching to draw” seems to be so alien to my way of understanding art and that’s because it’s fundamentally un-artistic.
And I must say that I find very little art in this regard. For me, art is something that’s created with a combination of imagination and creativity, a technique that comes from many different parts of your life, not just one of many.
And to be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve been taught any of this stuff very much. It’s like I haven’t been taught how to write, how to play a musical instrument or how to paint a portrait by the way they teach the basics at art school. Or that I have a very hard time imagining doing art. I think that I’m just not interested in these things any more than I would like to try.
So for the last few years I’ve been doing this “learning to draw” thing with my art in the form of free digital models and hand drawn pencil work. A couple of months ago I took my first brush and started painting my
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