Every artist asks the same sort of questions when they're starting out.
How do I use reference? What is good reference? Do I need to pencil everything out before diving in with ink or paint? How do I put my own spin on the source material? Do I need to know how something is constructed before I can draw it well? What sort of palette should I use?
The list goes on and on!
All of these are valid questions, and all of them are questions I used to ask myself when I was just getting serious about making art.
They're all questions I aimed to answer within this nearly TWO HOUR LONG demo.
Inside you'll learn...
- How to interpret reference to make a more exciting image
- How you can 'think' with a pencil on paper to help get a grip on more complex imagery
- How to collage different pieces of photography together to form better source material
- How to think in terms of 'big shapes' instead of minor details
- How creating an 'interesting' drawing is often more fun than making a 'correct' drawing
- How working with ink forces you to become a more decisive draftsman
- How 'rolling with the punches' in making art is often more engaging than having a 1000 point plan
- How you can 'get away' with proverbial murder in a picture so long as you've gotten these key elements under lock
- How to best prep your ink drawing once it's scanned so that it takes digital color best
- How to simplify your palette choices and use color to enhance your drawings in Photoshop
...along with many more golden nuggets of art making magic.
Listen, I won't beat around the bush.
There's zero substitute for experience.
However, watching someone who knows a thing or two about practicing a craft 'do their thing' can be immeasurably valuable.
It can shave months or years off your learning curve, introduce you to ways of thinking and working you may never have been exposed to before and it can help spark the confidence that given enough practice, you too can make amazing work.
I know how INCREDIBLY formative such experiences have been during the course of my own artistic development and I know that I'm not alone.
With that said...
I invite you to scope out KNOCK, KNOCK.
I know you're going to dig it.