Thanks for the reply! That's excellent! I was asking because I am teaching myself and have been drawing for about 7 months. I spent about 3 months just practicing basic techniques like connecting lines, swirls, circles, ellipses, shading (different forms), developing a feel for form, basic perspective. This was all in pencil and pen. I also dedicated time to learning facial measurements and location, and also the human skeleton. At this point, I can pull up a picture and produce a satisfying replica and can create things from imagination to some extent, although I do need to focus more time on human anatomy and the human form to gain a better grasp of it as a 3D model in my mind.
All that said, (sorry a little long) I feel like I have a good handle on the basics of drawing and wonder what my self-taught curriculum should focus on now. Should I focus on anatomy and the human form at this point? I would like to know what you focused on after learning how to draw and shade and use correct technique, if it's not too much of a hassle . Just looking for a little direction at this point because it seems like there is so much I could focus on lol Thanks!
It sounds like you are on the right track for sure, but there is very little I can say to how you should develop. It is important for you to have goals for yourself. Learning "how to paint" or "how to draw" are much too loose concepts. You have to find what you want to do, your driving force, the reason you want to create art. If you want to create characters, then focus on that. Environments, that, storytelling, that. And breaking those focus groups into smaller tasks. I think that you start to feel what you need to focus on when creating your pieces. If something is very hard for you, then you need to focus on that, learn it, then implement it. Take it step by step, dont rush it, and dont let people like me tell you what to do haha.
I feel that I am still on a journey, all aspects of my own art can and should be improved. I still need to study just like you feel like you do. So my one advice would be to find your focus, and simply focus on that. Dont try and learn everything at once, it will just become overwhelming, at least that is my experience.
The way I started off was to lock myself in my flat for about 2 years, just letting everything go because I really wanted to focus on my artwork. I realized that I sucked and needed to put in some serious time and effort into getting better. After those 2 years I grew a lot, but I still needed to and still need to work hard to improve and push the art to new levels.
Sorry for being so vague, and realize that this is just my opinion. If you want more concrete advice there are tons of tutorials and free lectures online from artist far superior to me that can give you a lot I am sure.
No problem, thanks for remembering! I think that was exactly what I needed to hear. I constantly felt overwhelmed when sitting down and trying to decide what I should work on. There is just too much. Perspective, value, faces, form, gesture, nature, anatomy, color, etc. I just had no idea how to start, but yeah, thanks, I will now focus on what I want to do in art and build around that like you said. Makes much more sense than trying to tackle "art" all at once. Wow, 2 years of focused art sounds great, although I'm sure it was difficult at times. Thanks for all your time and advice Johan, it really is a huge help!