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The more i learn The less i know :)
Hello, I have been doodling ever since i can remember. I never did a formal course thinking it would take the joy out of my amateur scribblings. I used to love drawing but would be sent out of art class in school for asking too many questions. This was ages ago and i had decided that I would not do classes if possible. Cut to discovering the draftsmen and oh, the joy! Two people who don’t take themselves too seriously while they hold themselves to impeccable standards when it comes to their art. I am glad i have joined this course and am taking it very seriously while also exercising and eating well as Stan wisely explained in one of his YT shorts :) As the title of my topic suggests I do think that in taking up a subject as visual arts, the more one learns the less one knows (thank you UB40 for that song) and that it’s up to me to make the most of it. Here, I am hoping to create a community space where we apply our learning’s and help each other outlining our journeys better. Pic: The Mario Mushroom. Looks simple, it so wasn’t :)
6 hours ago
Hello, I really want to learn how to draw, but it's so difficult for me because I have never learned how to draw before worse I've never got the chance as a child to just take a paper and some colors and draw. At my school we were always encouraged to ignore drawing and focus on Maths and Science. But I have always loved art. I've always looked at other people drawings and wished that I was that good. I joined courses, but I have never finished them. Never even went further than a lesson or two because I am really bad at drawing and my results are always worse than a three year old with a pencil. But, today is my 28th birthday and I have decided to give myself a present. I won't buy myself anything fancy. I will just give myself time. from today till my next birthday, I will practice drawing for 2.5 hours per day. If on my next birthday I am still so bad at drawing, I will just give up once and for all. The only thing that matters during that year is to practice everyday and not to get good results. So, if you're interested in having someone to hold each other accountable to practice everyday, please consider being my study partner. Just take into account that I am a complete beginner so, I won't be able to provide you with anything other than holding you accountable to practice every day. Have a good day.
15 hours ago
Rebooting my art learing journey - feedback appreciated
So i've been practicing drawing (almost) daily for the last 2 years or so. But I lack focus and structure. After listening to the draftmen podcast (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od1xbX2ESP8). I've decided to bring in more structure. The podcast mentions this Redit post (https://www.reddit.com/r/learnart/comments/dapk62/from_the_guy_who_made_the_most_comprehensive_list/) with a full curriculum. My challenge will be to follow this curriculum as close as possible. I've created this topic mostly to keep myself accountable. But i will post created work regulary, and any feedback/ critique from you guys is greatly appreciated! Some personal info: -39 years old -fulltime job outside art -On average i have 1 hour each day to practise (a bit more in the weekends) -Not a native English speaker, so please forgive me the grammar and spelling mistakes :) The first unit is figure drawing. I've already followed Stan's figure drawing course before, so im revisiting the course. Here are some 2 minute and 30 second gesture drawings (drawn in Procreate). Please let me know what you think of them.
17 hours ago
Drawing Fundamentals course
I'm taking the drawing fundamentals course and was curious if I got close to what Proko meant with the face portrait? Would love some critique so I can learn where to go from here. :) I've only been doing this art thing for about a year and a half now but really off and on so I know I'm not as advanced as a lot of you on here. So, please be kind. :)
2 days ago
I need to learn to relax an not take it so seriously 😠
Brand new to drawing. I’m having trouble just letting go of my drawing inhibitions. Get nervous about drawing to next exercise and go back to fundamental shapes for a few days.
2 days ago
I just wanted to thank you all for the help you've given me... And to tell a bit of a story... I've had schizophrenia from birth... Ever since I could remember I seen things, heard things, and even felt things... Felt paranoid always like someone was out to hurt me or something along those lines... It was rough I talked to multiple therapists about it they just thought I was after attention... Then finally at 29 I got a good therapist... She medicated me I'm still 29 but about to turn 30 next month... And for the first time in my life I can focus on things that's why I've been learning art I've always wanted to be like one of the masters of art since I was a young boy... I can't afford many of the courses on here... Not going to lie I've got some with unconventional means because I'm on disability and would never be able to afford them... But Proko has been the only teacher I understand and can grasp art through... So I just wanted to say thank you for being an inspiration to this person that lost most of their life due to terrible therapists that wouldn't listen. P.S I promise once I can afford the courses I will of course pay for them... Just for now I hope you don't mind my continuation of using the ones I've found else where... I'll even be glad to point out where I found them so you can have them removed... But please just let me continue watching them. And again from the bottom of my heart @Proko I thank you with all my heart and soul. <3
3 days ago
Back to drawing after 9 years!
I'm so excited to get back into art and learn the fundamentals I never mastered. I've always been very critical/self conscious of my art, so to combat this I'm forcing myself to post my progress and get used to critique. Here are my first pear drawings, comments welcome :)
3 days ago
CRITICISE LIKE YOU WERE SOCRATES V2!
Thank you Steve, Bernard and Draft for all your feedback. It's been helpful! Now there's actually a reference for you to look at. What can be improved? Thank you!
3 days ago
Ellipse construction in perspective
Hi, lately I had some doubts about the construction of ellipses in cylinders. In the art books dealing with perspective (e.g. Scott Robertson - How to draw, p.72) it is said that the minor axes of the ellipses will vanish to the same vanishing point as the middle axis of the cylinder and its sides. I was not fully convinced and therefore did some research on the topic. I found a math forum where people were discussing just that topic. The mathematicians seem to be of the opinion that the minor axes do have a different vanishing point than the sides of the cylinder without actually giving a proof. Check the thread here: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3823048/is-the-line-created-by-the-minor-axis-of-an-ellipse-concurrent-to-the-lines-runn Does anybody have an actual formal proof for the theory of the minor axes sharing the vanishing point with the sides of the cylinder? I did some drawings and tried to be accurate with the construction. In my drawings the vanishing points of the minor axes and the sides of the cylinder aligned. My drawing process was first constructing a cube in perspective, then transferring the cube and the vanishing points to another sheet of paper and constructing the ellipses inside of the squares in perspective. After inserting the minor axes I checked whether they were in the correct spot or not with a small mirror.
4 days ago
I just started the Figure Drawing Fundamentals These are my first drawings from the last 2 days. For some reason when I first started trying Gestures it was easier for me to do, After practicing the bean my gestures that i learned became harder to do i think i need to keep doing gestures.
4 days ago
Starting to stylise my drawing
I've been drawing realistic stuff for a long time now . Rather than likeness I gave more emphasis on making my drawings perfect , but I was not good at it and guess what it made my life miserable. So I've decided to draw stylised characters for a while. I'd Love to hear your thoughts about this sketch Have a nice day
4 days ago
Is buying Drawing Basics worth it?
I got a little money and I was thinking about buying it to start. I'm a complete beginner but part of me thinks spending about $140 for a basics course when I could get something like that for free seems iffy to me. I want to see the best in people like Stan, and maybe he knows how to really cut things down and make beginners like me go from absolute shit to pretty good. At the same time, 140 is a lot of money especially since I don't have a job. btw also struggle with artblock, untreatable ADHD, and other issues. Even getting the motivation to pick up the pencil and draw is hard enough, let alone believing I would get anywhere soon.
4 days ago
I made this free tool that lets you check the vanishing points of a cube and change its focal length. I had some useful realizations about perspective thanks to it, and I hope it helps you as well! I last worked on it a few months ago, and it's not as finished as I would make a complete product, but I figured this may help someone! :) - Hold left mouse click to orbit around the cube - Use mouse wheel to change focal length (it will change the camera's distance as well to keep the cube's apparent size). - Use on-screen controls to change the cube https://code-flame.itch.io/cube-buddy
5 days ago
Daily Sketches (Critiques are welcome)
I create this topic to share my daily sketches (apart from assignments drawings). This will be a motivation for me to have a daily practice and to fill my sketchbooks. Critiques are welcome. Thank you very much!
1 week ago
Feedback and help finding my weak points.
I am trying to get some feedback about my art and an outsiders perspective on what is wrong and what areas need improvement the most, i did two posts a while ago asking the same thing and the advice i had was focusing on negative space and better lines. To try and get better at negative space i filled a page with random shapes and tried to imagine a character from it in image 1,3 and 4, and to get better at linework i tried drawing some more geometrical stuff in image 2,6 and 7, what should i focus on now?
1 week ago
Pear for drawing fundamentals
I hope you're doing well. I recently completed the pear assignments in the Proko Beginners Course and wanted to request a critique for my pear drawing. While watching the demo, I realized a significant mistake in my approach. I would greatly appreciate your feedback on accurately other areas I may have missed. I have attached my drawing for your convenience. Thank you for your time and guidance.
2 weeks ago
The Mindset That Will Help You Get Better At Line Control.
I wrote this for people struggling to draw nice lines. People that have poor line control. I feel your pain. I used to have bad line control, and had to drawing things in little connecting lines that should have been one line. I wondered if I was just lacking a trait that would allow me to draw nice lines. Watching others that could draw nice long smooth lines that went where they wanted them to go seemed like magic to me. Even when I got good enough to capture a likeness, it was still a long and frustrating journey of crawling along the page with small lines that I had to spend a lot of time erasing and adjusting. It made it difficult to start a drawing because I knew it would be a frustrating struggle, that would take a long time. But I have learned to draw nice long lines that, mostly, go were I want them too. I still do have to take time to warm up, and practice regularly. It’s a great feeling, and you can get there. What I did to help myself improve my line control, is to simple work on making lines that I imagined making. Mostly straights and curves. I concentrated more on straights at first. I would try to draw long straight lines finding the way my arm naturally found it easiest, at first. I tried to draw lines that matched the one that I had just drawn but a little under it. Then tried to draw over the straight line to see if I could match it. I tried other directions to my lines. I added in curves. When I could make nice curve lines I started to work on making them start from one point and hit the other point while staying a nice smooth line. I tried drawing at different speeds to see what worked best. Some speeds work best for different things, such as what is easiest to make a smooth line, and what is easiest to make an exact line that goes where you want it. I had tried doing this some years ago, but my lines were still bad, and I found it frustrating, and got discouraged. This time I let go of my connection with my want to get it right. The lines would be what they would be, my goal was only to improve from the last stroke, or, if it was better than normal, to match it. I made a game out of it in my mind. I allowed myself to be interested in the possess of it without the added weight applied by needing to have a good end result. When I would make a nice line that did what I wanted, I would try to take note of what I did. When the following line would be worse, I would do the same, but would not allow myself to think of it as a frustrating struggle, that would lead to feelings of disappointment. There was nothing to be disappointed in, I was not looking at the bigger destination of drawing well, in those moments, instead a mistake would give me just as much helpful info as doing a line well. I replaced frustration and disappointment, in my mind, with curiosity and interest. Like in a video game where you keep trying to beat a level and making mistakes, and then falling for them again, while you remind yourself not to make that mistake next time, and try again. Every time you make a nice smooth line that goes where you want it to go, it’s like you beat a level, and that feels good. But that doesn’t mean that you are done with that level. That means you play that level again, and again, and again. Sometimes winning, sometimes not. But the fact that you don’t get it right every time is part of what makes it so interesting. When you are working on this skill, you are not trying to make a pretty picture. The end result of each attempt doesn’t matter. Each attempt is only there to help you with your next attempt. The more you play this “game,” the more often your attempts product nice lines. Then at some point you start drawing something and you see it coming together with nice lines and being more fun than struggle, and it will feel magical. In between sessions, of playing this line making game, watch videos of artist, that draw lines well, drawing where you can see their arm. Study how they move. Watch the line that they just made, study the line, then rewind and watch it again just watching what they do with their arm this time. Then try it yourself. Keep trying different things, such as speeds of drawing the line, and different ways of holding your pencil. Then watch other artist, with good line control, make lines again, and repeat. Keep curious and thinking about it. Imagine yourself doing it in your head. If you can make this fun, you will do it more. I now find it fun and stress free to work on line control. It’s more like mediation for me now. I do page after page after page of this in one session. I do it on copy paper, and my iPad. I wish I had done this years ago. But back when I first tired I hadn’t yet found the positive attitude that makes this successful. Just one year ago I was really bad at line control. I’m happy to be able to do it as well as I can now, and I look forward to getting much better in the future. In the meantime, I’m going to keep playing my line control game. I hope this helped to inspire someone to think about this process differently. It doesn’t have to feel like boring and frustrating work. It can feel more like play if you let it.
2 weeks ago
Would love some help - drawing from observation
Hi I did the exercise to the drawing from observation lesson and would love a critique of it. I really found it hard to draw the penguin and not making him look weird. I'm still quite unsure where to post such stuff so it gets seen, so if I'm wrong here please let me know. Have a great day!
2 weeks ago
Question about social media
This may be off-topic, but I'm in the drawing basics course and was wondering about something. What social media for sharing your art do people recommend? I know Instagram is popular, but I was looking for something that didn't require you to manage it through a phone. I had heard Artstation was popular, but when I looked at it, it looked like it was more professional people than everyday folk like myself. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? Thank you!
3 weeks ago
Need Help With Skull Front View Proportions
Hi guys, I’m wanting to draw a front view of a human skull and looking for good visual references or tutorials for proper proportions. I understand I can use Loomis as a guide, but having trouble figuring out where to place the features and what size the features are. It’s a little different than the human Loomis head because we’re placing eye sockets nasal cavity, jaw bones and teeth etc. So far on YouTube, I’m either seeing overly simplified explanations with no real reference points for placement of features, or else overly technical explanations where you draw a million guide lines that you’d never remember to replicate. Looking for tutorials with that sweet spot where it’s simple enough to follow but also detailed enough to show proper proportions and where to place features and roughly what size they should be. Any help appreciated!
3 weeks ago