At 4/6/13 04:22 PM, thisismyboat wrote:
On another note, in case no one has ever taken the time to say this to you: It is okay to not have a style. It is okay to make bad art. Every time you start heading in the right direction with realism, you add a comment like "BUT I'M STILL GOING TO STYLIZE OKAY". Genuinely, it is okay to not stylize. Styles are very easy to pick up and are ultimately worthless, skill is not. When you try to stylize your practices, you aren't actually looking at what you're drawing and you're actually making your training less effective. Take some time to make some really terrible stuff from life. No one will disrespect you for it, and if they do they're assholes that you don't have to listen to. Don't be afraid of making bad art. It's the only way you can end up making good art.
I think you misunderstood me. What I said was, "I am going to do realism as practice, and THEN stylize after I have become more skilled." Of course, my next stylized piece will be about a month away, because I want to make an improvement in my artwork before I go back to it. Even then, I will still practice figures and realism, etc. One thing I am beginning to realize is that artists never stop learning; improving, or getting skills. With practice comes acquired skill, with stylization comes expression, but only after the fundamentals have been learned. I plan on mastering (or at least trying anyway) the human figure before trying to stylize again.
Oh, and as for that book by Andrew Loomis, I have it, thanks to Rumsworth (give him a round of applause, everyone). And my GOD! I didn't know drawing heads, bodies and such could be broken to such easily crude shapes! And the diagrams of the ball at different angles opened my eyes a bit as well. It seems that drawing people is a lot easier than I first thought.