jay hugo wrote:I see improvement in everything!
Enydimon wrote:Hey bud, sorry for the absence.
Your proportions on your figures are getting so much better. Keep working at it!
Schoolism piece looks a lot better than what you started with. Regarding the grass, try avoiding making the grass in really uniform clumps, make it a little more random in the future. Wish I had something more helpful to say, but looking forward to your next pieces. You're starting to accelerate lately and it's exciting.
Imbalantus wrote:Figures look a lot better than on page 1, that's for sure!
At this point, maybe you could try to also mix in longer figure studies from reference where you base them more on precise observation and not so much construction. The reason is that with figures visual library is also important. In construction the focus is a bit more on what figures should rationally look like, and thus limited to what one knows (or believes to know) about the figure. In observation the focus shifts on what the figure actually! looks like, which expands the visual library, and later on helps out with the construction. Things like gesture, observation, construction - they all are important, if one lags behind, then the danger is that the whole process lags behind, that why it's helpful to always pay attention to all three and identify which aspect lags behind, so that then overall the skill can jump to the next quality phase.
Enydimon wrote:Hey man, don't be so hard on yourself. It's okay to analyze and self critique your work so you can move forward, but you also want to cultivate a mental health and way of thinking that is conducive to that and not detrimental. You have been improving, it's just that sometimes it's harder to see when we are so close to our own work. Everything that we currently draw now seems like every other drawing we've done in the past, but I promise you that you will have a moment where you realize that thing you thought was the exact same quality will suddenly look like garbage compared to what you do now. You just have to create enough space to see it.
Also, as a fitness example, I have seen so many people who think that if they just lose enough weight or get enough muscle that they'll no longer hate their body. And when that is true for people, that's great, but it's also because not only did their work evolve but so did their way of thinking. Those who continue to berate themselves through the process are never satisfied or happy even if they do end up getting to their result because they never appreciate their progress or where they're at. It's not that those who appreciated the progress every step of the way and got to where they wanted stopped wanting more than what they have, but they're better equipped and more excited about what they have to do next.
The same is true in art. Tone down the self-flagellation and get excited instead. Give yourself credit not so you can sit on your laurels, but so you can tackle the things you wouldn't have done if you didn't have the confidence to put yourself out there.
And that's my motivational speech of the day.
And listen to Imbalantus' suggestion about drawing people from photos/reference. It'll help a lot! Even just mindlessly copying can help you learn, it just becomes a detriment when you are just drawing to draw and aren't seeming to level up from accurate copying.
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