Sunday, April 14, 2013

Don't let the tools you use control your work

Basically the title says whats on my mind by itself. Reading Vilppu's drawing manual brought that concept into my mind. Up until I had read that, I really was using reference, and copying everything the way I saw it. In a somewhat Loomis analogy I was attempting to be the camera instead of an artist.

I can pretty much sum up my thoughts when I hear those words as such. Everything you do when your drawing or painting, must be conscious. When you sketch from a model capture the emotion that model portrays and use the picture for a guide. The more I analyze and come up with a way to express what I see instead of copying what I see it always seems to turn out more accurate.

Here is the best 1 hour digital sketch I have done (a couple days ago) after reading Vilppu's manual

There are plenty of areas of the figure I took the liberty to use my artistic license to 'draw it how I wanted'

Friday, April 12, 2013

Studies are now fun :D

At least for me! I was going through my refrences and library of art books frustrated that I felt like I have been getting nowhere in months. I found a file on my computer that was Vilppu's drawing manual. I have never understood an author more then Vilppu. His advice was perfect for how I felt. I read the entire book and picked up a few things here and there.

I love to study now because I used to be a slave to the model. I only copied the subject in front of me, I now analyze whats in front of me. With that idea in my head (thanks to vilppu) I have learned what studies can really do for you :)