Yes it was hard for me, I think every artist struggles with that. What helped me was having 2 sketchbooks, one for dirty and bad drawings where I don't care if it turns out good or bad. and the other for more finished drawings (not perfect). I think something that can help you is to use a pen, so you can't erase and slowly stop having that perfectionist urge. Be messy! (I will give you some images of my sketchbooks). These episodes of the Draftmen podcast helped me a lot (check the last link first if you want): 1.- Draftem S3E09: Sketchbooks. (7:19 Timestamp) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vQNb5vY1ao&t=551s, 2.- Draftmen clip: How to Approach Figure Drawing (A Guide for Taking Proko Courses) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFB7deiL-3s&list=PLgmIuDShVZ3iZ8O7PnSOF_kKauv_xfQK1&index=5, 3.- Draftmen clip: Long Study vs. Quicksketch (Which is Better?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb_pxmpG0xA&list=PLgmIuDShVZ3iZ8O7PnSOF_kKauv_xfQK1&index=6 4.- Draftsmen S1E1: Letter From a Frustrated Artist (for this one plaese watch the full episode) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXaVVGNfqU0&t=148, And answering your last question, you will never stop using references even if you draw from your imagination. One of the best comic artists in the world, Alex Ross, uses photographic references (Ask Alex Ross: Why Use Photo References? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0InB6axv024, How Alex Ross Creates Models for his Photorealistic Style https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBxPsVUge9s&t=158s,) So don't think that the day will come when you don't have to use references, nobody has a photographic memory. Now, if you want to stop relying on reference alone, that comes with a lot of practice and observation. References will help you expand your visual library, and the Drawing Basics will help you put your ideas on paper. By the way, it's not bad to copy, if you copy the right things. It is good to copy aspects and qualities of your favorite artists, that will help you improve your art. (Also watch this video from Draftmen podcas: Adopting Art Parents to Develop Your Style - Draftsmen S1E05 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxJOjvsj3j0&list=PLgmIuDShVZ3iZ8O7PnSOF_kKauv_xfQK1&index=3&t=1720s,) Sorry for the text.
Here's the assignment :] i feel like ive messed up the proportion of the spine quite a lot as well as the width/shape of the ribcage. I always struggle with drawing the pelvis (bucket) well, idk it just either seems flat cause i screwed up the perspective or smth :/ tips and critiques are appreciated! :D
first, the tarzan preparing the spear is really cool. The anatomy is well desinged, and it has good story teling. Second, i can relate to your problem. I feel i confident i can draw the image in my head, but as im finishing it im startig to dislike the final product. What has helped me wth that is to have images of some of my favourite artist (Alex Ross, Frank Frazetta, Criss Samie etc.) as inspration. Sometimes it helps with composition, lighting, anatomy, color etc. hope my comment helps you. you have helped me relly well before, so thank you for that. btw. sorry for my bad writing, im still learning my english.