Octavio Magno
Octavio Magno
Xalapa, Veracruz
Octavio Magno
Hello again! About your process, how do you use multiple references, from different animals in order to "build up" a fantastical creature like a dragon?
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Hi Antonio, it's a pleasure to greet you! I want to ask you which concepts should artists, aspiring artists, arts students, all of us who love drawing and art in general, be constantly practicing and reviewing in order to keep their skills tuned up? Maybe something really basic but key that you USE no matter if you're drawing, painting, sculpting, etc. Thank you!
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Hi Natali! Nice to greet you. You know? For what I can see, you understand the gesture of each pose very well. I think the balance and flow that you're looking for is there. In particular, I really like the two bottom drawings of the first picture, they express not only the pose but the ATTITUDE of the pose. I think they look rad! The left drawing keeps up with the proportions as well and that little line of the bottom of the breasts, as inconsequential as it may appear, points out the volume and "turning" of the torso. The right drawing next to it is obviously more exaggerated and dynamic, which I think is one of the goals of these practices as well, that's what truly means "capturing the energy of a subject". I also think you know well where to place angles if needed, without losing the energy of your other lines. As for the bean, I haven't really studied that concept but, as with the rest of your gesture-alone drawings, I think they look very good. I think you are grasping these concepts nicely and are on the right track. You should keep going on in this direction. I hope my comments are helpful to you. Cheers!
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Hello Marco, it's a pleasure to greet you. I'm an arts student and, curiously, I'm at a stage in my career where I find many obstacles to practice and develop my drawing skills due to schedules, homework, etc., which causes me a lot of frustration . I feel like I'm falling behind or even just plain stuck. I compare myself with many of my classmates, I see how they have progressed from the first semester until now and for me they have improved much more than me. Then I have many doubts about the path I should follow to dedicate the necessary attention and effort to practicing my technical skills on my own.   That's why I have some questions for you, which I hope are understandable and you can answer: *Have you ever had to leave the technical practice for a certain time, for whatever reason (school, research, paperwork, etc.) Or relearn a concept that you were taught and you could not review it at the time, which you had to return to later? If so, how was that process of going back to "step number 1" and starting from where you left off? What mentality did you take or you recommend one should have in these types of situations? *Do you think it's a bad idea to want to study different concepts such as color, human figure and perspective for example, or drawing AND painting, at the same time? Let's say, make a plan: "I'm going to practice my shading technique Monday through Friday morning and, on the weekend, I'm going to paint with acrylic or digital, for five hours…" Would I be wanting to cover too much? And in that case, what would you recommend me to prioritize? Thank you!
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