Nggh, it’s so hard to do anything without a tablet. My Intuos 5 has been in repair for near a month now, back in Singapore. I believe I can’t get it until I return in two and half months…. meanwhile I have to go borrow a tablet from the library every time I want to use it.
Working on school work right now… I reckon I need to fix that shadow on her face. Something’s a little off too, I can’t seem to get it right ugh.
POKEMON 30 DAY DRAWING CHALLENGE
So this is a thing I did. For once. I see Pokemon drawing challenges here and there but they either are for a particular month, or they just have a crappy list to choose from. I wanted more variety so I made my own. Also I wanted one that made you draw people as well as Pokemon. (Push yourself, people. D:<) The element list is common, but what the hell. Feel free to reblog. I’m going to do them all- although probably not in a row. I don’t have that kind of time.
I think I will totes do this.
On my art blogggg I just recently maaade.
It’s yurimon.tumblr.com C:
Hmm… Looks like fun. I might give this a try but don’t think it will be daily thing. Just some drawing ideas when I am out and need something simple to do.
The mysterious word that everyone says. It’s all practice. Practice and you’ll become good.
I agree, I need more practice. That’s what this blog is for.
However, one thing has bothered me. Another teacher recounted the story of an artist who sat outside his university and drew live drawings everyday for 12 years. He was good, but the problem is that artist’s art is still the same after 12 years… It never improved.
I’m quite apprehensive about that. It must mean that there’s more than just practice to become good isn’t there?
The missing ingredients are being observant, studying reference and learning from others, that was roughly what the teacher said after telling us that story.
Okay. So… being observant and studying reference is something that everyone knows (if you don’t, you can read Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, that book helps for observation)…
…but one big problem…learning from others. That’s the tougher one. Who to learn from? How do you know they’re good?
The same teacher also said learn from the great masters. Y’know, Da Vinci, Michelangelo… the ones even critics hail as one of the greatest of all time. The ones we learn in art history.
However, I do feel like we need to keep up with times. Da Vinci never did polished concept art. There’re things happening now that the great masters never did. They can’t teach me techniques in digital painting for example, and I’m a digital artist. So I must look further in the recent pool of artists, right? I’m still at a loss however, to who to follow, but I’ll learn of one artist at a time.
For now I’ll start with one. algenpfleger is one of the artists that I like. He has an excellent grasp of realistic lighting (almost hyperrealism, check out that first one). As you can see, he does quite a lot of lighting studies.
Since I like his understanding of lighting… I think the first stop I’m going to make is to learn lighting and colours. It’s going to be slow going, and I’m going to suck at it, but I’ll keep trying. ^^;; Hopefully frustration doesn’t overwhelm me.
Some Advent Calendar things that I drew for Hatoful Boyfriend for December 2012.
These really killed my grades, I won’t deny it. They took up far too much of my time, and perhaps I shouldn’t have done it… but I don’t really regret painting them. I learnt quite a bit.