First couple weeks of November have been a wash, call it a mini-break I guess. Got a PS5, gamed all weekend, flashbacks to 0 work ethic days at the same time something something all work and no play something something. Back at it forreal this week.
hope this blog survives the ps5 launch. been mixing up some timed studies here and there. spending an hour on a single hand sometimes is worse than an hour spent drawing 5 hands. You end up just massaging the lines instead of nailing and memorizing the forms.
sort of near the finishing stretch of the last 20-25 hours of the olson course that I feel is pertinent to what I wanna do. I’ve been returning to the anatomy studies(and i needed to because wow the knee was foreign) as of late as I’ve been doing way too many perspective diagrams and wanted to do something a bit more satisfies me a bit more at the end of the night.
I’ve also been listening and watching a few of the Watts Atelier demos and streams on YouTube. The idea of putting as much thought in the construction layout as you do when defining and refining forms and shapes is something I’m probably gonna explore. My construction is pretty shitty. The idea of working things out and not having to constantly readjust angles and proportion as I usually do when drawing is enticing af.
I’m not sure if I need to or should mention, but all doodles are done without reference/from imagination, like these below:
By the end of September my goal is to have a basic understanding of perspective in theory, which i think was the biggest gap in my knowledge base. Then in October, start a more structured regimen of object/still life/landscapes/portrait/figure drawing.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it before but me being ‘ready’ isn’t some vague goal, the goal of all this studying is to be able to create a commercial illustration(and possible concept/visdev) portfolio that is a tier above industry standard work in hopes of becoming a freelance artist. I think I’m a pretty good judge of where I am and what the industry standard level of work is. I’m far from it.
I don’t go to school, I have a 40 hour/week dayjob that has nothing to do with art, I’m not super disciplined(but much more than I was), I don’t have a mentor or art friends, I’m broke, the more I’ve studied this year, the more holes I’ve discovered in my ability, the farther away the goal gets, this has been the most productive year in my life and I’ve still wasted a frustratingly large amount of time but at the same time, a life where I’m able to draw to make a living instead of a shitty dayjob seems more and more achievable so I’ll stick with it 🙂