Ahh, libraries. One of my favorite childhood hideaways. I haven’t had the chance to go to one in forever it seems. But now I have an excuse. Art books.
Most of the time, I like doing things my own way. I like coming up with my own ideas and making finished pieces out of them. That, or ditching them within the first five minutes.
And that’s all good and well, but I need to practice the basics.
Technically, I could just go on making my own things and ignore practicing the basics. But the fact is, if I want to improve in the fastest way possible, there is no better way than to practice the basics- among all the other things I’m doing. And I want to improve as fast as possible. (And, let’s face it, there’s some things that I just need to work on)
But I don’t want to practice the basics. Basics are boring and, well. . . basic. Not to mention the vagueness of the word basic. What exactly are the basics? Where does one start? How does one go about practicing the basics? So many questions, not much will power to figure them out.
Thankfully, I don’t have to. I’m leaving it all up to the whim of various artist-authors. Problem solved.
Now all I have to do is put their knowledge to good use. Which I have.
These first two exercises I did from the book I’m currently working on were for exercising spatial awareness- trying to accurately reproduce lines and shapes using context clues like other lines and negative spaces.
After I was done, I traced on the original lines in red so you could have an idea of what I was trying to accomplish. I’m surprised with how well I did- especially in the first one.
The second exercise I did was a blind contour drawing of a crow. As the name suggests- and as you can probably tell- I didn’t look at my drawing as I did it. The results were pretty hilarious. It didn’t help that I sped through it so fast.
The fourth exercise was an exterior contour drawing (which is basically a bunch of fancy words for saying an outline) of the same crow as before. Thankfully this time I could actually look at my drawing. After that, I did a couple other exercises, but you get the point- I practiced.
And that leads me to my final step to get me to work on the basics. Making sure I actually go through with it. Guess how I’m doing that.
If you guesssed this blog, then you are very right.