A little pep talk on drawing from imagination. I'll be sharing my thoughts on when it's appropriate to start, and how to overcome the emotional cramp that often comes with it. Failure is a natural part of the learning process, so don't beat yourself up. Level one students, no pressure to start yet, but for level two students, it's time to start dabbling! I'll cover why it's important to start drawing from imagination early and balancing Drawing from imagination and observation.
Yo also forgot to say, am really enjoying the course btw - soz I haven't posted much but looking forward to the next lesson!
Potenshh NSFW but here's a lil noodle I did recently from imagination!
Absolutely great ‘Stan the Man’, I haven’t drawn from imagination since I was in my teens, so this is a great way for me to pickup my imagination drawing.
I, too, suck at drawing from imagination. But the way I completed this project was just to draw my octopus a number of times until I could replicate it without copying.I guess it’s the same for everything. Like Stan says, you get better at drawing by, well, drawing!
Thank you Stan. That’s very encouraging i get where you’re coming from now
First of all, thanks a lot for helping me clear my mind and fix my mindset. This is a precious lesson to me even more than teaching skills. (Those words below heavily relying on Google translation and broken manual correction. may have caused your dyslexia.) For many years, I wanted to draw scenes from my dreams or from some inspiration, but I gave up at the draft stage. Perhaps it was too difficult for me because of my lack of relevant professional knowledge and experience. It always kills me, especially when I see some similar scenes in movies or somebody’s sketchbooks. As I worked on the basics of art, I dreamed that one day I would be able to start working on those ideas easily. But after all these years, it looks like a delay. Share a funny story of mine. When I was a child, I drew from imagination more often than observation. After I indulged in comics, I also drew my own cartoons very poorly. No expectation, no pressure and any knowledge of drawing, but I just enjoyed and satisfied by every sketch of mine. All the way through college, I taught myself to draw, drawing a few short comic stories, even I struggled in drawing trains and cars and buildings and strange perspectives of people. But I always start with a blank sheet of paper to describe my ideas. It was not until later that I joined an art course on internet and began to learn a lot about drawing from observation. And then for many years, I only practiced in drawing from observation. Gradually I copied well, but I found that I could not spontaneously draw the things from imagination like I used to do. I forgot how to do that. Even though my job is character design, I can design again when I have a job assignment. Nothing could be weirder! Drawing become less interesting for me. It’s more like a job. After this lesson, I’m aware of what kind of practice I most need, even the next step. Thank you Stan!
I relate to this as well. I feel like I used to be able to draw from imagination effortlessly. I too used to make very short comics. Now, after learning observation drawing techniques and practicing that, it feels like I can't just start drawing whatever; my mind feels blank now when I try. Reading books on the brain, that way of thinking can come back if the mind believes it is possible. I'm convinced that if I start doing it regularly my brain will relearn it. The brain is adaptable and will be shaped by what thoughts it is fed. I feel like my comment serves no purpose but I related hard to yours and I had a need to post it. I wish you luck. Believe that you can do it and the mind's ability of "placebo" will let you do it.
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Hi Proko, thank you so much for the course. I have a question about studying, though. Is it good practice to also copy and trying to understand some drawings from a book (I'm thinking about Loomis, Bridgmann or Hampton) ? Is it a recommended approach ? Thank you!
Hi @Stan Prokopenko, graphic design teacher from Costa Rica here. I just wanted to let you know that I agree with @Marshall Vandruff and think that a basic drawing course by you is one the most important art resources for students around the world. You are in a position to make a course as trascendental as Loomis or Bridgman for this time and for today’s learners and your are doing great! I enrolled not only to learn how to draw but also to be a part of what you’re putting together. I understand and appreciate that you’re not just rehashing the traditional training, but also being creative about it, feeding your course with what you’ve read about learning and habit creation and your experience with so many great schools and teachers. This is what I wanted to see from you and it’s honestly great. Keep it up and thank you!
Thank you Pedro! I always shoot for the highest quality I am capable of and to make something new, otherwise I get bored way too fast :)
I feel as if I'm more of a 1.5 student not exactly 2 but not exactly 1 either some stuff does really challenge me, specifically when it comes to realism-type exercises as it's not what I'm familiar with so I feel more akin to a level 1. Mainly because with more imaginative and cartoony/anime stuff I feel more like level 2. With that being said I do know that I will be doing the course at least 2 times going through it doing level one stuff and then again doing level 2 stuff for my second go around along with other courses.
Thanks a lot, it's exactly what i needed to hear, I'm at this exact level of what you describe lvl 2 student I think, and I'm always feeling that I need to study more from observation, maybe also because it's easier to choose something and draw it than starting with a white piece of paper. Honestly I was going to skip this exercice, but even if the deadline for corrections is passes, I will try it seriously.
I'm definitely a level 1 student here, but I decided on this last assignment to try the level 2 exercise anyway. I have done some drawing from imagination before I started this course and figure it's worth a try, even if I crash and burn :-D
Thanks a lot course so far was interesting but after this talk it sure is becoming more exciting.
Thanks a lot for this! It clarifies a lot for me as well. I think I might need to try and swing the level 2 projects going forward, maybe even this one if I have the time. I've dabbled and been learning things for awhile, but I don't find myself terribly great at a lot of it. I'm really happy to hear about character design things though. It's something I'm very excited about and what I'd love to do~
Well I do look forward to trying to draw characters. The whole reason I got into drawing a couple years ago was to learn how to draw characters, so I think learning a bit of that here will be nice
Thanks for this @Stan Prokopenko. What would be your recommendation about drawings to attempt to those who are eager to start drawing from imagination without knowing all the concepts that folks from level 2 have? E.g basic faces, cartoon bodies, etc
Whatever you do, don't start with a kangaroo. I think everything else is fair game.
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I haven't started on this section just yet, been putting my attention towards my Story Graphics Course and had to make some changes to my process. Soon very soon
Thank you for this encouragement!
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