Someone requested a hand tutorial, so I rambled. I didn’t even get to everything I would like to, so here is a part!
JOINTS IN MOTION
As said by IFL science
Cameron Drake of San Francisco has created a collection of magnificent images showing joints in motion. He was aided by orthopedic physician Dr. Noah Weiss and the finished product is completely amazing. If you’d like to know more about the project, please check out Drake’s blog.
BIRD BEAAAKS. This one doesn’t teach how to draw but it0s the introduction to that. Quite a lot of people I give classes to have this idea that the beak is an apendix of the bird’s skull and not a part of the skull that doesn’t have feathers covering it. And because of that wrong notion beaks are drawn poorly and with no sense of weight or even being part of the bird’s head.
So this art tip of the week is just the very introduction to the concept of drawing beaks. Just explaining what the beak actually is.
Hope you like it, even though its a simpler one.
CHEERS and tons of love
Art school was always at the top of the big list of “Things I really ought to do” that I’d accumulated at the age of approximately fifteen. They sat us all down to fill in our applications for further education, and with the encouragement of my frankly clueless careers advisor, I slapped the most prestigious art school in the country at the top of my list.
Weeks passed and eventually I received an invitation to the entrance exams of several schools, one of which was indeed my first choice – the famous academy that was notoriously difficult to get into. The exams went wonderfully, I’d rarely been as pleased with my work as I was on the three days that I spent with all the other hopeful entrants, putting in every single drop of artistic skill and creative energy that we had in us to impress the judges.
Soon after I attended the entrance exams of another school, in a dingy little town not far from the capital, which I’d sort of accidentally listed as a choice in my application. It went horribly. During the first task I spilled water all over my watercolour painting, after which I promptly decided “That’s that”, and made very little effort in the remaining stages of the exams. I often recount the story of the interview with the judges, where I made no secret of having very little interest at all in being accepted at the school.
I tell you this, because I did not get accepted to the first, top-of-the-league school, the one which every young artist in this country aspires to attend. I got into the second, with top marks from the exams and high praise from the judges for speaking my mind in the interview.
A promising start to my life as an art student, no?
Anyway, during my time at this art school I wasn’t particularly excited about, I learned many things which may be of use to you aspiring young artists of today, and shall recount them here, in list form.
- Being stuck in a room full of artists makes you see your own work in a completely different light. During high school, nay, my entire childhood, I was always the one who was good at drawing. Nobody questioned it, art teachers sang my praises and my peers begged me to draw for them. That all came to an abrupt halt upon setting foot in a room full of brand new art students, every one of which had grown up thinking they were the best at what they did, much like myself. There were meticulous traditional oil-painters, photography visionaries with endless imaginations, comic artists itching to get all their uniquely witty ideas down on paper… and then there was me. Suddenly my portraits of singers and film stars didn’t seem half as impressive as they had back at home. My mechanical pencil looked pathetic compared to the artisan paintbrushes and high-end pens everybody else seemed to have endless supplies of. Even my digital art looked lacklustre when faced with their sketchbooks brimming with gorgeous studies and fantastic concepts that I simply couldn’t bring myself to compete with.But that’s just it; you’re not competing. You’re all there to learn, and where some of the class may know a bit more about certain methods, it doesn’t mean you’re not as good an artist as the rest of them.
- You’ll have to learn the “rules” of everything, essentially. We all know how tedious it is to paint a colour wheel, draw those ridiculous grids for portraits, having to do every god-forsaken form of perspective task you’re given… the list goes on. That doesn’t stop after high school art class, oh no. You’ll be doing all that and plenty more right from the get-go at art school. It’s dull and cries of “It’s useless” will be heard from the mouths of many students. However, sitting through all of that is the best boring thing you could possibly do. You know the saying “learn the rules in order to break them”, and that applies to this particular subject hugely. You may well scoff, thinking you’re comic art or photography doesn’t need you to know any of the theoretical stuff, but boy will you regret it. All those times you think something doesn’t look right but you can’t for the life of you think what, I can guarantee you it’s something you’ll learn to fix by doing all that mandatory practice.
- Everything has been done before. That’s a fact, right? Now, we all are aware of this on some level, and this will be especially clear at the beginning of your art studies when suddenly all the ideas you had seem a bit shameful when you sit in art history class seeing it all there, done by somebody a hundred years ago and miles better than you ever could. Even looking at the work of your classmates, you’ll see the same themes, motifs, and colour schemes you’d been so proud of in that one drawing you did a while ago, and it’ll feel like a nasty smack in the face. Fast-forward a few years and you’ll look back in quite some amusement, because it really doesn’t matter. A good idea will endure the test of time, and the same is true for art. I draw funny little dogs. Cecil Aldin did the same thing at the turn of the century, but that doesn’t mean I should stop doing what I’m doing. If anything, drawing inspiration and joy from the work done before yours is a real privilege, one which can give you strength and motivation to carry on creating things you, and probably others, will love.
- Letting go of perfectionism is hard, I know. Sometimes you just can’t bring yourself to put down that paintbrush, especially when you’ve got a brilliant idea that just HAS to look exactly right… But then you accidentally smudge that ink or realise your proportions are completely off if you look at it from a different angle. The biggest change in my attitude towards my work throughout the years happened in art school while trying, and inevitably failing at various techniques. A sort of art-themed motto I tell myself every so often really is the key; “Improvisation is the most important skill of any good artist.” When you muck up a piece, don’t bin it. So you’ve got a great big blot of ink in the wrong place, it doesn’t matter. Do another blot on the other side, make it look like you meant it to be there. That’s what an artists does, mucks up and pretends it’s supposed to look like that. Nobody will question it.
- Art school doesn’t magically make you a “proper” artist. There are lots of people I know who have graduated from art school but classify themselves as hobbyists, and many professional artists who never studied art. What it will do is give you a chance to try things you’d never get to, nor think about trying at home. You’ll meet other artists who do all sorts of different things, and make useful connections. You’ll learn about the technicalities of setting up your own exhibition and what it takes to do various art-related jobs. But it’s completely up to you whether you will be a professional artist or a hobbyist when you leave. And that’s a fact.
REBLGBSLE FOR ANON Oh i added a bit more bc i was half asleep last night UM I DON”T THINK I’m the best at drawing ahds at all so yeah listen only if u think it helps !!
UMM FOR HANDS I FOUND THIS ARTIST VERY USEFUL!
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better than school tbh