update & some thoughts

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 🙂

Weiiird Week

Studied everyday but it was a struggle. I’ve mentioned wanting to tackle perspective after anatomy. Well, I figure if I’m so afraid of it, fuck it, started on Friday. Tackled Scott Robertson’s How To Draw. The same book and topic that pretty much made me stop drawing for three months lol. I can report that I fared much better this time. Made it 4 chapters into his book by Saturday, either I’m dumb(probably) or this book really glosses over perspective basics and is structured very strangely. He’ll instruct you to construct something on page 31, that he doesn’t explain how to contruct until 50 pages later.

Anyways, wasn’t fucking with the book at all, so I went to a often recommended perspective book, Perspective Made Easy. Faaaaaaar more digestible, Robertson comes off as a robot in comparison. I don’t know if I’ll do perspective studies for weekends or mix them in throughout the week. We’ll see by next week I guess.

Anatomy Studies, turns out like all other anatomy, legs and necks are tough as fuck:

Scott Robertson stuff

Perspective Made Easy stuff:

4 months in

Haven’t given up yet. Not much else to say. Torso’s still tough, started on the neck. Speaking of the torso, it’s really the 3d form of it that kills me. Like someone bending over might be the most intimidating pose ever lol. Anyways, 141 hours of study in April. Lets see if I can top that in May.

I like this face.

April’s Coming to an end.

The grind continues, I wanna say I’m almost there when it comes to understanding the torso(the densely packed muscles in the back are giving me the most trouble), but eh, time will tell. Also, unless I breeze through the head, hair, lower body, hands, feet, perspective, rendering and clothing I’m probably not going to “make it” this year. I’m actually fine with that, I’m just hoping to keep the consistency up. The only way to really speed things up would be to study 6 hours after work, I don’t know how feasible that is :/

I don’t believe i’ve ever detailed my study plain/guide. Basically I want to grind anatomy to the point where I can replicate all the bone and muscle groups from memory. After that, I’m moving on to perspective. When I’m at the perspective stage, I’m planning on having half of every study session be perspective studies, then the other half be figure/life drawing. As Richard Williams says, Life drawing is the antidote. It will expose my weakness(and with anatomy knowledge, I’ll know what to fix precisely) and I’ll also be able to explore stuff like gesture. After all, I wanna do mostly character stuff if I ever go pro.

After gaining a basic knowledge of perspective, I’m hoping that will help me with simplifying figures in 3d space. Rendering/lighting/painting after that, the final frontier. Also grouping composition in that as well.

We’re almost 4 months into 2020. So far so good as far as my art journey. Anyways, here’s this past week’s studies:

This Weeks Studies + UNPLUG

The Little Grey Notebook — Why animators should unplug when ...
I’ve seen this image floating around before but didn’t give it much thought. But seeing it after looking up William’s work and more importantly reading that opening chapter in The Animator’s Survival Kit detailing his training and experiences with other godlike draftsmen(Like Milt Kahl, pictured above), it hit different. Tried it Monday through Thursday last week, and I don’t want to hype it up too much but the difference in focus and amount of work I did after going back to listening to music/twitch streams was very noticeable, so I think I’ll stick with it . Studying to music has made me hate every song in my library so that probably helps too lol.

More torso stuff, god this stuff never ends.

Bonus Sasuke

Torsos are hard, yo

Shout out to AvoidingThePuddle’s for helping to fill the time while studying because I’m starting to hate every song in my library T_T

I’m better at torsos, abs and obliques still fuck me up, will probably study the shoulder girdle this week, but still need to work on torsos. Frustrating.