Lovely grace in your lines man! As with anything, repeated practice of knowledge is better than repeated practice of not knowing. It will come to you in time. Try and implement some daily gesture drawing into your routine (which I believe you already do ) A website called pose maniacs is a very handy site for practicing figures from a variety of angles and poses. Dont let the 3D models put you off.
Thanks, bro; you flatter me. I do think I need to do another set of studies with this focus as I struggled too much with it the first time around, which means something has yet to sink in.
I used Pose Maniacs a while ago and see it suggested a lot, but the poses there are kinda... stiff. Hope you understand what I mean--not sure how to articulate it. Photo refs (like in the two links on my journal) seem to work better for me, for want of access to a live model. (Hey, I can dream, right? )
haha yeah they can be rather stiff! but because the idea was repetition and I get to see them from many angles of perspective as opposed to seeing just one vantage point I think it's...okay to some extent lol. doesn't beat seeing flesh though I know of Pixel lovely it's a great place for my studies on form when I don't go to a life drawing class and wow!! it got a complete overhaul! sick! I've been meaning to go back to it for the animal gesture tool but glad you to see you use it also. by the way this post on the site I believe cements what I mention earlier about my believe of drawing with the intent of learning to do it from memory. [link] isolation of problems(face) and then further isolations (lips eyes nose) and then focused practice! ahh soo happy! lool banging out landscapes at the moment! "let's push for a better tomorrow" should be our cheesy motto!
Thanks for the great link. I agree very much with your approach; that's sort of what I try to do with the list on my journal, except that instead of goals, I list things to study or actions to take. Otherwise, I'd get too easily distracted. Also, the 10000-hour rule is to be taken with a grain of salt. As stated in the post, focus and deliberation are what make practice effective, not mere mileage. Your mind must be fully engaged for most of those 10000 hours. If it means you have to take 3 minutes instead of 30 seconds to do a gesture because you need to observe the figure and work out which lines are essential, then so be it. This type of thoughtful practice will be more effective than dozens of brainlessly crapped out 30-sec scribbles. Speed will be a natural consequence of your becoming more competent at the task.
The enthusiasm in your motto is admirable, although I'm far too cynical to suit it.
YES!!!! definitely! right on the ball! don't fully disregard the 30 secs drawing though, there are serious benefits to be had. this is from my own experience though so it may not hold true to you, but it will help you achieve confidence in your lines as the pressure to complete a gesture in under 30 secs will make you more conscious of repeatedly going over the same line; teaches you to commit a singular line; and to simply all that information of perspective and anatomy before time is up. as you simplify you notice things you never thought about before whilst doing a slow study.
in essence what I am probably saying is, you can learn alot doing quick rapid drawings as much as doing slow careful studies. ah by the way I forgot to add an example of a rough abstract study in my other reply [link] [link] squint and it will still read