At 11/9/12 09:09 PM, Absinthe wrote:
At 11/9/12 02:10 PM, sweet21 wrote:
Did more pose practice, mainly with the lazy guy pose.... Is it okay if I get this stuck in your head?You're not getting any better, please try out posemaniacs and do the full minute pose to pose exercise.
You have to work on poses and anatomy, then move to shading, coloring, and detail.
If you can't get the right shape and proportions, then you probably shouldn't be doing anything else.
As for your ADD type habit of jumping from thing to thing:
You can't do this for art, you have to commit to getting better or you never will. I imagine that nearly month long period you were gone you didn't accomplish much in the way of practice, and thus, you didn't get any better. Plan on spending time on practicing and studying the things you need to improve on, otherwise you just won't improve, this applies to piano, programming, art, japanese, anything that takes a reasonable amount of time.
However, I'm not an artist, I just browse this forum a lot.
On the topic of Japanese though, I am more experienced in that field. Here's a few things if you plan to continue studies in the language or the culture:
- if you can't read that, you're already behind in your study, as hiragana and katakana should be learned immediately, as reading in the basic alphabets is more than required.
- don't learn the language expecting to move to japan, or to watch anime, or get in on "otaku" culture. In japan, otakus AREN'T cool. they're the opposite. That said, watching anime and playing games a bit isn't a bad thing, just don't be an otaku. don't expect moving there, because you need a job there to stay, and you have to stay for usually over 10 years to get citizenship.
- Take formal lessons, or find some constant way to make you study. This is really important, as with art, if you don't practice you won't ever get any better, trust me on this one. I've been in classes for 3 years and i still have a rough time with the basics of the language, and that's only in the formal style you'd be expected to use on the job in japan, let's not get started with the informal style of japanese.
- Don't take Japanese from anime. A lot of shounen anime and shoujo anime use either kid phrases, harsh terms, uncommon sentence structures, or much too informal japanese. Basically, it's a shithole, only good for people who already know a bit of japanese to learn a few key words like âEUä¸-ç*OEâEU or some other common word that just might not come up in a class or independent study.
- Learn kanji. As many and as quickly as you can. Learn 5-10 per day if you can. Kanji are the gateway to the japanese written language, by reading as few as 10 kanji in a 20 kanji sentence you could get the context. Basically, it enables you to skim read what you might otherwise have to guess at or not know how to read at all.
This post was going to be longer but I accidently clicked off the page. Sorry if I rambled, but Japanese and art are both hard and require dedication, and it seems like you need a kick in the right direction, basically you need to work harder to get better or learn how to do either properly, and in a lot of ways they share similarities in difficulty, especially if you learn wrong the first time.