I'm in this "back to basics" phase. As you've noticed, I only upload maybe a couple of deviations every few months. I'm still around and I am absolutely still working on my art, but for the past couple of years (yes, THAT busy)--I haven't been able to reconcile words with this until now--I've felt that I reached that endpoint in my art style and skill. In fact, I think I reached a point much further than I should have considering I never went to any formal art school or training, aside from the required art classes in public school. I realized I wouldn't be able to progress in a way that satisfies me until I practice the fundamentals of drawing and art. I knew that I needed to better grasp ideas like negative space and unity, and try out basic techniques like how to block together forms to create better compositions.
This is what I want to share with you. After my epiphany (which came into action barely a week ago, giving me very little time before the spring semester...), I scoured the almighty Internets for resources and tutorials other than "how to draw female faces" that were actually just sped-up videos of an artist drawing a face with no explanation. Actually, I just went on Reddit and found a nice compilation of resources in a drawing subreddit. Anyway, I've been using a couple of sites for mini-lessons and tutorials these past few days and here are the ones that I picked:
III. In which Lily got the general idea-
I started with videos by The Drawing Hands on YouTube
; these include two "Back to Basics" videos and a longer series using classical art as a foundation for proportions and all that. Of course, we all know about those, but these videos are excellent and quick review material as they nudge the viewer along his or her own drawing practice while watching them. They're very basic tips, yes, and I'm sure there are other artists who have provided different and more in-depth tips, but this person's videos are the ones that worked for me as an introduction to the next things I wanted.
IV. In which Lily settled down-
This next resource is what I'm currently working on. I simply love it. It's a website called Ctrl+Paint by Matt Kohr
. Maybe you heard about it a long time ago, but this is new to me and I wish I had found it before. The link will show you the full library of (free) lessons, but they're all broken down into sections depending on what you want to learn. None of his videos I've seen so far are more than ten minutes long, and most are shorter than five.
I actually started from the very first section because I used to be very, very stubborn in my art classes, thinking I was above the basics, always skipping to the end. I'd reached my short-term goals quickly, sure, but I retained very little that I could use in furthering my actual skills in the long term.
Kohr's lessons are mostly based on digital painting, but several of the series on the site are based on fundamentals (composition, lines, etc.) applicable to just about any medium. He also makes sure to accommodate traditional-media artists in all other tutorials by saying that whatever study he's doing can also be done in this way on a canvas, etc. This is great because it's exactly what I'm doing: trying my hand at digital painting while improving both digital and traditional drawing skills. He even gives little assignments at the end of some of the videos, which almost forces you to go out there (well, to stay there and grab some paper or open Photoshop) and actually apply the skills. It's the least patronizing one I've found so far. It's great.
If you're interested in seeing my progress in these tutorials, don't forget to "like" my Facebook page
Well, that's how I've been doing lately. Classes start tomorrow at my school, but I finally had the luck to have Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes and open Tuesdays/Thursdays. Of course, I only filled those days with work. It also doesn't help that I helped to reinstate a new club over the winter break...
How have you all been lately?