Is Proko a good fit for me?
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Dana
Hi! I'm an older stay at home homeschooling mom wanting to learn how to draw well for the joy of drawing. The more I listen to The Draftsmen podcast the more I wonder if Proko is the right place for me. It is geared so much toward the professional artist and all the many things needed to become a master artist. I am planning to take the drawing fundamentals course but maybe that's over the head of someone just doing this for fun? Thoughts? Thanks!
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Dana, I just can't believe that! I have a home-schooled teenage daughter... But let’s talk about drawing. I also think many of the courses from the Proko site are rather advanced, and this can be overwhelming. We are just not the target (yet...). The Draftsmen podcast - this is completely not my world. But look at that playlist "Drawing Basics" from Proko YT: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtG4P3lq8RHFRfdirLJKk822fwOxR6Zn6 I've always wished there were more lesson for beginners - and I think the new course will be at this level. But it’s a good idea to use other resources. I began with Drawabox and a book „The Art of Basic Drawing” by William F. Powell, Michael Butkus, Walter Foster (it was published in many languages). I can also recommend: https://www.youtube.com/user/thevirtualinstructor https://www.youtube.com/c/TheDrawingDatabaseMarcLeoneNKUsota https://www.youtube.com/user/LighterNoteProd But… don't get caught up in the trap of "watching more than practising". Just buy a fineliner and start step-by-step exercises from Drawabox. Drawing quickly becomes a habit and sooner or later you’ll see the progress.
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Dana
3mo
Thank you! This has been helpful!
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Dan B
It depends what you want to get out of that fun. Do you still want to become a 'good' artist and produce high quality artwork, even if just for yourself? If so, yes Proko is a good fit, but generally geared towards humans as the subject matter. Still, the fundamentals course is great and you want to learn as much technique and theory as you can as it will start to integrate itself into your process and eventually allow you more flexibility and confidence. What do you want to draw? This is a far more serious question than I think people give credit. What you want to draw, or enjoy drawing, can heavily guide your learning path! I.e. portraits, cartoons, still life, architecture, fantasy, product design, nature, etc. There are different styles and different skills you need depending on which way you want to go... If you know what you want to create, it's much easier to guide your process. I struggled for a long time not knowing what I wanted to draw but yet enjoyed drawing and wanted to do it! It has been very frustrating at times, where I needed to remember to just draw, without putting on the pressure of becoming 'a good artist' until I figured it out. I hope that helps in some way :)
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Dana
3mo
This is helpful! I'll give this some good thought!
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Dwight
Hey Dana, my 2 cents: at least a portion of people here aren't planning to become professional artist, myself included. I've always like drawing, but only recently have actually tried to improve in some measurable way and so here I am. And as to talking the fundamentals drawing course, I'd argue that's what Stan wants beginners to start with, so I'd definitely do that. But at the end of the day, all want-to-be professional artist start the same as you or me; just creating for the craft itself. So even if Proko is geared towards becoming a pro, there's still a lot to be gained from casuals like us. And the bottom line is that you don't have to commit to anything. Most courses are free, so if you don't feel any are the right fit, you didn't lose anything. I hope to see around, - Dwight
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