May 7, 2019 at 6:24 pm #21201
I wonder if it’s a great idea (for me) to work on a personnal portfolio while I’m taking classes. Since I started this, my motivation to draw in an academic way has decreased a lot. I do not like this because now I have to push myself to watch the videos and practice the proposed figures that I find boring unlike all my portraits projects. There is still so much to learn from DTO. I do not know if other members have the same difficulty? For me, I think it’s more important to stay focused on my classes but it’s hard for now.
What do the other members think and especially you, Matt?
LiseMay 9, 2019 at 12:26 am #21203Arjun KhodeParticipant
Hi Lise. In my almost 5 months at DTO, I remember doing only one drawing that was a homework type assignment and that was a skull taken from the photo reference gallery. I always choose subjects that directly align with my passion. For me, academic style and realism mean everything, but I try to apply the techniques I learn to the things I really really love. What is your endgame? For me it is drawing the most beautiful women with a perfect likeness. I have been following your art and I really admire your sincerity with the homework assignments. I would love to know what you love to draw the most?
I also get to learn how to select reference images better when I pick external subjects, which is quite important. For example, today I failed a portrait drawing and learned that I find drawing slightly tilted heads very hard because I have a tendency to straighten things a lot. Sometimes, I feel as though I am forgetting things to think of while drawing, or feel as though I am inadequate in some aspect that really troubles me. Then I definitely commit to studies very seriously.
I remember I tried to do a lot of sculpture paintings in a series because I used to think that is what academic artists do. But it completely burned me out and I could not draw anything for 2 weeks after that. From then, I made it a point to remember that if I am going to draw something, I have to really connect with it emotionally first. I know that might be considered a ‘fine-art’ type mindset, but even now sometimes it happens with me that I don’t ‘feel’ a connection with the subject after I have begun to draw it, I have two choices, either stop that drawing, or go learn the technical skills required to capture that subject and come back to it. Sometimes I come back to the subject, and sometimes I just move on to another subject, but keep it in my mind that I need to learn that skill. That’s how I try to balance it.
ArjunMay 9, 2019 at 4:47 pm #21209
My goal is the same as yours: to make very realistic portraits. At the same time, I want to improve my drawings generally. I think my problem is that I am a very methodical person. I like doing things from start to finish and I want to practice everything Matt teaches us, but I’m a bit tired of drawing the same person.
In addition, it seems to me that it is difficult to find another model that fits a particular course. I think the best thing is to take my pain patiently until I go to the portrait class.
In any case, I thank you for your response that made me feel good and made me realize that ultimately, the choice belongs to me.May 10, 2019 at 9:43 am #21210Magnus BurénParticipant
My advice would be – practice the classes you feel you “must” do when you have time/need for those, but also make sure to study the classes you’re passionate about – at least as much.
Art should imho opinion be about joy, passion and self expression. Focus on that and study the “tools” as a necessary mean to express yourself the way you want to.
10 years ago, starting to draw daily I hated value scales and drawing basic shapes over and over. I wanted to draw big castles, epic battles including hundreds of figures etc 😀
The more I draw the more I find the need to (in a passionate, joyful way) really dive in to the subtleties of values, transitions, how to render shade on a sphere etc.
To put it simple: Don’t force yourself to do things that make the passion that is making art burn less bright. After all: If it is not fun (or a beneficial and therefore important step towards a goal) – why do it?
Best of luck, keep drawing/doing what you love and the pieces will surely fall into its proper places 🙂May 10, 2019 at 3:50 pm #21211
You are right, Magnus. That’s what I realized when I changed the module in DTO. I started the one of the peanut shape form from imagination or from de life and that fascinates me more. I decided to listen to each video and concentrate on what I like most. Thanks for your comments.May 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm #21223MatthewKeymaster
I would love to hear more replies on this question. But no doubt, I will talk to this in Monday’s podcast.
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