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This is the revisiting of a news article I wrote a few years back.

Allow me to begin this article by mentioning that this was written with aspiring professionals in mind. For those of you who wish to pursue art as a hobby with no intention to make it a career choice, I have no doubts in your abilities as an artist, but art for you is a pleasure seeking thing. I would never wish to turn it into something even remotely reminiscent of 'stressful work'--as a hobby should never come to that. So for you hobbyists, feel free to take this article in, but by no means feel obliged to apply the information if you do not find enjoyment in doing so.

As for you aspiring pros, this is an inevitable and unavoidable step you must take in pursuit of your career. This is your job--and if you don't like it, you're probably pursuing the wrong career!
But I digress.


I, like many of you--strive to be a professional in the field of art. In particular, I am an illustrator. I've been fortunate enough to make a living doing art, and have worked with some amazingly skilled and talented members of the industry. The most common piece of advice I've heard repeated by peers and admirable mentors alike has been the unfaltering phrase, "Study from life."

There have been many a young aspiring artist who've heard this and cringed, "why would I waste my time studying the 'realistic form' when I could be investing that time and energy towards perfecting my style!? I don't want to have a realistic style!"

I admit, there is a fundamental mistake in telling an artist engrossed in developing a style to 'study from life': most people who toss this phrase around don't take the time to explain why.
It's hard to get anything out of a piece of advice when the recipient doesn't understand why they are being given that piece of advice, how to apply it, or how it will benefit the kind of work they want to create.

So, to those of us with an infatuation for stylization: What is with Studying from Life?

Perhaps Betty Edwards put it best when she explained that we all grow up with a repertoire of iconic 'symbols' for everything we see. For us artists, those 'symbols' are what make up our style. We can symbolize an eye without knowing what an eye really looks like, and those of us who watch a lot of anime may draw it similarly to this:
Anime eye - doodle 2 by Lady-Saber-123 or this :thumb138228233:
Because we see our favorite depictions of eyes represented like this, so this becomes our favorite symbol for what an eye looks like. Naturally, if we like it, we try to emulate it into our own style.

However, what we often don't know--is that the artists responsible our favorite cartoons, comics and illustrations--all have a very strong understanding of what the realistic eye looks like, and this is why their stylization is so successful and often quite unique! When we don't share that same understanding, we often fall flat when we try to emulate the style because we do not understand why our favorite artists drew it that way.
And how can we expect to when our understanding of what an eye, or a face, or a torso looks like is defined entirely by other highly stylistic depictions of it?

This is where studying from life becomes so important to understanding and developing our 'style'.

Think of it this way: In math, if we don't know addition and subtraction, we can't successfully solve long division. We may be able to copy other people's answers, but if we don't know how to add and subtract on our own, we can't be expected to understand long division! We could take guesses at the answer and write a bunch of numbers--but save for a lucky fluke, it's likely the end result will always be incorrect.

If stylization is akin to long division, then realistic form and studying from life is the addition and subtraction we must first understand. Sure, we can copy other people's styles, but we can't discover and develop our own style successfully until we understand the realistic form first. Sure we can try, but just like doing long division without knowing how to add or subtract, our end product will always look 'off'.

Stylization, whether anime, western, or what have you--is a derivative of real life forms. If you don't fully understand what those real life forms actually look like, how can you be expected to break them down, exaggerate, and stylize them successfully?
It's simple: you can't.

We can always glance at a face and say "I know what a face looks like now!" but until we properly study and draw the realistic form of the face (by drawing what we see, not what we assume we're seeing), we are able to analyze and recognize forms that we never would have otherwise. The more we do this, the more versed we become at understanding the realistic form. The more versed we become at understanding the realistic form, the more successfully we can break it down, simplify, and stylize it. Without that understanding, we are guessing, and flailing about in the dark.


Alright then. So how do we go about studying the realistic form successfully?
If you're obnoxiously studious, and a star student in the world of art, you can always pick up a couple of anatomy textbooks which detail the skeletal and muscular structure of the human body, and memorize the crap out of it until you have an understanding of human anatomy that could make a surgical doctor clutch his PHD in medical science and weep.

Arguably, this is a little bit of an overkill.

Drawing studies from life models is perhaps the best way to go about it. Start off by drawing friends, family members, teachers, or classmates who are willing to stand still for a while. Focus on mapping out and understanding their basic proportions rather than getting caught up in details. How many heads long is their torso--how long are their arms in comparison? How many heads wide are their shoulders? Measure and draw it as you see it. These sketches should not be very detailed, nor should they be time intensive. Here are some examples to go by:
Figure Drawing I by moth-eatn

People watching - airport by wynahiros
Observe varying proportions, apply them, and understand them. Become comfortable with nailing down idle/static poses first before moving on to more dynamic poses.
At first your gesture drawing may appear weak, but don't fall prey to discouragement! Keep drawing lots, and lots, and lots of them, and you will see improvement as you pick up on and apply observations you had never noticed before. As you become comfortable with observing and applying correct proportions, you can start focusing on weight distribution (as in how the feet are planted on the ground plane) and movement.
Again, these gesture drawings can normally take anywhere from ten seconds, ten minutes. They should not be time intensive exercises.

After a few months of consistent gestural drawings, indulging in more detailed, time intensive figure drawings may become a beneficial practice. But don't leave quick gesture drawings to the wayside! Before doing a detailed figure drawing, you should always warm up with a few quick one minute gesture drawings.

Detailed figure drawings are a study of the placement and intricacies of all the details you leave out of the quick gestural drawings. This includes facial features, muscle definition, lighting to define form, what have you. However, like gestural drawing, a successful figure drawing demands you to overcome your preconceived notions and iconic symbolism, and to draw what you see, as you see it. The best way to do this is instead of looking at a face and thinking "this is a face, that is a nose, those are eyes, that's a mouth", try to think of it more as a series of abstract shapes and try not to think of them as recognizable forms, but rather as something foreign that you are seeing for the very first time. Granted, it's an easier to say than do, but with practice, it is very possible. You can then draw what you see rather than what you think you see.
Here are some top-notch examples of figure drawings to go by:
Male Figure Study by valentinmelik
figure drawing 9.11.08 by Cissell

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1787 - Silence - Female Figure by D0RIAN0

Long Figure Drawing - Female by apathie

Of course, the advice 'draw from life' doesn't start and end with the human figure. It's important also for understanding any other form which exists: animals, environments, automobiles, you name it. The same methods of observing, drawing, and understanding apply.

So, what about the stylized/cartoony work we like to do?
What about it? Certainly, we can't expect to drop the cartoons entirely to focus purely on life drawing! We'll be expected to continue studying from life until the day we give up art, but if your love is in stylization (as it probably should be!), never stop drawing in your 'style'. Do life drawings as exercises, always, but make sure to set aside time to do artwork 'for yourself' as well! As said before, the stronger your grasp is on the realistic form, the stronger your grasp will be on stylizing it. So as you learn more about the realistic form, it's important to continue going back and applying it to your style, and watch it develop! You can become as stylized or realistic as you want to be, and best of all, you'll know exactly what you are doing and why. Your stylistic choices will feel much more informed.

I am of the opinion that being able to draw realistically should not be the end style we strive to excel in, but rather a necessary step in attaining the end style we strive to excel in.

Observe the power studying realistic form has on developing a style. Here are some of voluntary examples of my peers and their work before they started taking up life study exercises--and where they are now after years of studying from life(and continuing to do so!). Brace yourself, it can get rather shocking:
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Before:  allenp.epilogue.net/cgi/databa… allenp.epilogue.net/cgi/databa…
After: Zombies RAR by seandunkley Julian Aristocrat 001 by seandunkley

:iconheysawbones:
Before: fav.me/d1jkep fav.me/d2ql4l
After: COMMISSION - WARREN AND EUNICE by heysawbones DEVIANTDEAD - BOB by heysawbones

:icondapper-owl:
Before: i110.photobucket.com/albums/n8… i110.photobucket.com/albums/n8…
After: Twelve Brothers by dapper-owl The Mistborn by dapper-owl

and of course--
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Before: img.photobucket.com/albums/v10… img.photobucket.com/albums/v10…
After: Legard by painted-bees Fabel's End by painted-bees


And that, my fellow artists, is what's with 'studying from life'!

And on that note, I would like to end this article with a couple of book recommendations very relevant to the topic:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Atlas of Human Anatomy for Artists by Steven Robert Peck

I hope this article was of some help to someone :]

Happy drawing, chums!
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FinaMusica Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2016  Student General Artist
so true!I've been studying stuff from real things too although i post stylized ones...
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VanguardAngel Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Student General Artist
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Just reading this was so satisfying. It was wonderful! Best wishes and good luck to you my friend~!
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Chronophontes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!

In short, you have to know the rules in order to break them well.
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artiste-reveur Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the best, most convincing arguments for life drawing that I have heard yet.  Thanks for sharing!
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Bergholtz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. I have been trying to explain to beginning artist who does stylization in a poor way why drawing from life is so important, but havn't been able to come up with a good way to explain it. English is not my first language so that is probably part of the problem. But you really put your finger on it here and expressed yourself eloquently. Would you mind if I linked back to your journal post some time?
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
go nuts! :D I'm glad you find it handy!
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TheDarkestRaven1608 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank. You. So. MUCH!!
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! I'm glad you find it useful! :D
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ArtNine Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
I've noticed this last year. When I make a cartoon drawing and base it from life there is a substantial improvement. It's so fun to do and amazing how my perspective about the human figure has changed.
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TibuSoleil Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow, I feel so stupid... I thought that if I knew how to draw manga anatomy, that would be enough. Of course manga anatomy wasn't pulled out of someone's ass... it was stylized from realistic anatomy. Thanks for the article! It really opened my eyes.
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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arjuu-na Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student General Artist
I knew someone's gonna relate to Betty Edwards sooner or later. Ever since I read a 1980s' Readers' Deigest article about her lessons, I've been forever looking for her books so that I can try my hand at drawing from life. So far I've only tried still life, but I've never actually tried drawing people. Well, I did try drawing a friend's portrait once. But I failed horribly, and the way I saw it, it reminded me more of my former teacher than my friend. ^^;

I don't think I can afford buying the book in Canadian dollars, but I've already found a copy in my local bookstores.

Thanks again for this article. My mission now is to learn what I've never tried learning. And hopefully, gain something from that experience and improve on what I've done so far. I'm still far from being the next Akira Toriyama or the comic industry's hottest selling name, but at least I still have time to work on that, eh?
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HarleyGreen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic and useful article :) !
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Omio9999 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
Dude. DUDE. Why the FSCK did I not even see this coming?
:+favlove: to the max.

I've studied lots of inanimate objects already, but not for this reason in particular. Now I have more 'procrastinating' excuses. xD

Okay, really, it's advice to glue yourself to. Even for ameteurs like myself.

...Why the hell did I completely miss this? Just... ...AAAGH! I feel kinda stupid, now...
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
haha! I am very glad you like the article <3!
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Omio9999 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
I'm going to be linking that somewhere vital soon enough. Just need to tackle a few things down.
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WolfDoom Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
As a Freshmen Illustration major, I have to agree up and down.
Actually just recently in my class, I drew my first live, nude model. Just wow, the human body is a beautiful thing.
I wonder why people have such a aversion from drawing from life. People seem to treat it like pulling teeth or something. Draw things you like. Think apples are boring? Me too. Therefore I'll draw something more interesting, such as a pineapple or a cut lemon or something.
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xToushirou-Kurosakix Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student Writer
I've never thought of taking up drawing as a way of life but I agree with what you're saying. I remember I was drawing a picture and I was trying to do a hand from memory but I couldn't do it, so in the end I drew my own hand. I couldn't believe how... how... real it looked. I can't explain it - it looked so much better than, like, copying from anime. I was surprised. And in my art class we just draw things that are real; in front of us, and I can't believe the detail and work that you need to make it look right. Hmm... I'm not explaining this very well. Oh well, you know what I'm going on about.
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TheCatSaysMeow Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
I totally agree with this.

Truthfully I did start drawing from anime/manga but it was just a hobby and i didn't want to go anywhere and now in the past half year or so I've realized that this is what i really want to do as a professional career. I never started with the basics of drawing, all i did was draw what i saw and now i'm rebooting and actually learning how to draw to be able to pursue a career with this.

So basically this article really reinforces what i've come to think over the past year and hopefully i'll make some real progress since i'm putting my all into drawing now. And actually this year i'm taking anatomy for drawing purposes though my friends think i'm totally insane.

Anyway, awesome article and i really hope people, may art be a hobby or a profession for them, take this seriously cause i sure will
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Xadrea Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely article =D though a better choice of words would be "natural or naturalistic" not "realism or realistic" "realism" is actually something else ;)
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zelos22 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
this is the advice i give to a lot of people who want to improve xD i used to be terrible with anatomy and style... until i finally decided to go ahead and try studying form a bit. then realism got easier but so did my style xD im by no means aspiring to be a professional ((im just a hobby artist)) but i think the effort is still really worth it because when youre capable of more things, even if youre just a hobby artist, it makes the whole process more enjoyable since youre far less limited in what you can do. ive found to really love anatomy :heart: its helped me so much xD
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Kyros-XIII Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Wow, nice work. I'm sure this will be very helpful ^^

I don't support copying another artist's style, I think people should develop their own style. Sure, sometimes you can borrow a feature, a distinctive way of drawing something, but I don't think that people should copy exactly the artist's style. Like, for example, I can't draw noses. At all. So, I need to work on that, maybe using this article will help. But, until I have mastered the art of the nose, I use a cartoony nose that looks similar to Jamie Hewlett's style...however, I don't think that someone should try to make their art style look identical to someone else's...it's a waste of time honing someone's else's skills.
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Mintyeggnog Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Woah! Great Article mate D:! Tis a tad late here atm so I'll read the rest tomorrow but seriously great advice and I can see why a majority of people say to study realism to get a better grasp on the concept of how anime is done. Via the simple manipulation, distortion or simplifying of body parts you can get a the desired effect you want :] Hopefully by doing so I can make my anime style better :iconmion-plz:
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Good article.
This is also good advice for people who want to model anything.
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JudySparrow Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student General Artist
I saw this on :iconlumaris:'s journal. Well I couldn't say it better. When I was small and began to draw after Sailor Moon (LoL),
I was sad sometimes, cause I don't had any idea for anatomy. But in my scraps I have some study. Not the bests, but I like them. :XD:
In the past few months I began to hate to draw real life study in school, cause we're too many in class. To find a good position
where I can draw a proper nude or portrait. But at home... I love to draw hands... :la:

So, I think I'll post this on my journal as well. :D:D:D
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sentient-zombie Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Very helpful. :thumbsup:

And really shows how can studying life help.
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MangaManiacNatNeko Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Wow this is a fantastic article and well I never really thought about it, like you said I had been told to but never told the benefits of it. Thank you so much for explaining it to me. I am going to employ this into my art and see how it helps me. As of resent I have had art block though so we shall see if it gets me out of that :XD: I am unsure as to whether I want art as a career, its something I love and I do have mangas and comics with basic plots to make oneday so thanks for this, really big help.

I really hope this helps me and your advice is wonderful. Shall tell the people I know about it =D Also just wondering, would studying from photos be the same? Because not many people I know are in the same city as me, have enough time to stand around or have an intrest in art =/ So will family photos and photos I find on the internet be good enough? Also I have got a book buried away that I was going to use oneday its about realism so from what you say its time to break it out =D

I personally have tried starting doing anim/manga art to begin with as I saw it as the "easiest" style to do. So hopefully your advice will work really well and help me become a better artist =) Again thank you so much and take it easy mate.
God Bless.
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers, sir!

Photo references are certainly better than nothing! However, they are not as ideal as a live model due to lens distortion, etc. Photographs do have the ability to misrepresent the real life object. But--as I said, certainly better than nothing at all :] <3!
I am very glad you found the article to be of use!
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MangaManiacNatNeko Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
No problem at all mate.

Ok thanks I shall do my best on all this and use photos but try and use real life reference when I can, even if its just watching my mum do house work or one of my siblings or father read/watch TV/play a game. Because I don't need a huge ammount of time correct just quick sketch of the pose, anatomy and gestures? Although most things take me longer than they do for most people :XD: I know what you mean, photos can mess things up at times but since its the best I can do for certain things then I will use them =D

Mate I found it to be of great use to me and I hope oneday I can come back to you and show you the difference it has made in my art =) By the way thanks for answering back, I know most of the amazing artists don't have time to answer back but thanks for doing so, means alot =)
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers! <3
Happy drawing!
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MangaManiacNatNeko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Thanks mate.
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Talandir Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
This applies equally to all forms of art. Just as a musician needs to practice the scales or a dancer needs to learn the basic steps. It also applies to so-called Fine Art. Even the most expressionistic or abstract artist needs to learn the traditional rules of composition and perspective and color theory. I used to think of it as "having to learn the rules before you break them." Instead I think it's more a matter of learning the rules so you can understand the principles behind those rules. And those principles can apply to any style.
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Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I have done drawing from life groups many times. it does help ALOT. I need to do more though, im still not where I want to be artistically. this has made me want to do more. There are groups around here $10 for 4 hours of drawing. not so bad. If your old enough people should look into going to the nude drawing groups.. Good to learn the human body before you put clothes on it..then you know why the clothes lay the way they do.
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Selladorra Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've only ever thought of art as a hobby, and I want to keep it that way (I'm pretty sure). I fear the stress of having an art-related career would lessen my enjoyment of it, but maybe I'm just not a "true" artist.
Despite that, I do love drawing from life. I like drawing people in general. Just last week I spent an hour at a beach drawing people. I'm not as skilled as any of the examples you've shown, but it's certainly inspiring :)
Wonderful article! :heart:
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Heyriel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I can only say: Thank you! :D
It's really time that someone makes an article about this, I've seen too many people going on about 'how they don't seem to improve, no matter how hard they try' and 'how they don't find their own style' but, when told to start with the basics (realistic style), get all defensive and claim that it's boring and EVERYONE has their own style, how they'd never get anyhere with stupid real life.
I really hope they will take this seriously! :nod:
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FreckleOnMyPalm Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very nice article. Having gone to an art college and taking life drawing classes pretty much straight for four years I'm always a big pusher of drawing from life to get better at stylization. A lot of people see artists who have these amazing styles and don't realize the amount of work that goes into getting to that point. It's great to see someone sort of explain it to them in such a concise way and with examples to boot!
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QueenGwenevere Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
What's this? A USEFUL news article? In this day and age? How can this be!? =D

You've basically said everything I'm always trying to tell people in a clear, concise format. People seem to be so afraid of learning to draw from life, I see so many people making all kinds of excuses and going through all kinds of convoluted exercises trying to avoid drawing from life... (I've seen people slavishly copying every picture in an anatomy book in the belief that this will magically give them all the skills they need...)

Always, the most effective way to learn to draw is to simply draw stuff from life! The more stuff, the better! People, animals, plants, buildings, landscapes, it's all good - and the more you draw from life, the better you get. I know that when I started really trying to draw from life, there was a huge amount of improvement right away, and even now I notice that if I slack on drawing from life, my art suffers a bit, but when I'm getting life practice, my art noticeably improves - even the cartoony stuff.

It's been said a gazillion times before, but it's always worth repeating - you need to know the rules in order to break them. Knowing how to draw things as they really are gives you total freedom to draw in any style you want, because you actually CAN. The worst thing is to become a slave to one style because you never learned to draw any other way...

I'm glad you put that last paragraph in there, too - another mistake students often make is that they focus TOO much on rigorous exercises and forget to draw for fun, and then they get frustrated and want to quit art. You need to keep the fun in it, otherwise what's the point? :)

(Heh, I love the before-and-after examples... seeing other people's improvement is always fun. Good lord, some of those before pix... eek! :noes: )
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Ashie20 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Great article!
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emeraldthechao174 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Great article. I hate the way people try to take other styles and make it their own with minimal effort; and then ice it with digital art. I'm trying to do realistic art with a hint of cartoonish looks in it but I keep failing in both fields; practice I guess :P

Some friend of mine posted, on Facebook, a picture of himself in nothing but this opened shirt and a hat covering his doodads (he was drunk), his body is the type that's perfect as model, he's even fine with me using it xD

I've even got a few screenshots off the Internet of things like: Pregnant women, male models, and ones of certain actions like hugging and sitting.
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emeraldthechao174 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Great article. I hate the way people try to take other styles and make it their own with minimal effort; and then ice it with digital art. I'm trying to do realistic art with a hint of cartoonish looks in it but I keep failing in both fields; practice I guess :P

Some friend of mine posted, on Facebook, a picture of himself in nothing but this opened shirt and a hat covering his doodads (he was drunk), his body is the type that's perfect as model, he's even fine with me using it xD

I've even got a few screenshots off the Internet of things like: Pregnant women, male models, and ones of certain actions like hugging and sitting.
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Anante Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Terrific article! Picasso is a great example who took what he learned from realistic figure drawings to the more complex/simplified & symbolic styles he is popular for.

Once, for my architecture studio, they made us watch students going up and down a flight of stairs and draw them in order to understand the space and purpose of the stairs. Fell in love with my major after that! haha
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Lumaris Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Totally plan on linking to this on my blog and journal. :la:
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
ah! ; u; <3 thank you!
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AugustAnna Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
I love this article with whole my heart [since that's what they taught us in art school] and I hope other people will find it usefull :]
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Euxiom Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
Nice article. O: I've read and heard of concepts like these before, but its nice to see a different take on it, too.

I just need to stop being lazy and fussy and try it sometime. XD;
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Eli-ArsNexus Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
It's a very effective and clear article, and I totally agree with it. Faved.
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Yokoboo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great article!

One problem I had with studying realism though was I found that I lost myself artistically. Just recently I was going throught the DA forums to try and pick up on some work and realized that most of the people there are looking for anime or american styled abilities. And the style that I draw in doesn't really fall in either, nor is it really counted as realism. And as someone who wants to get into the entertainment industry, I realized I needed to get back to my stylized roots quickly XD
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! This is why it's important to continue drawing the kind of artwork that's typical to yourself outside of life studies, etc. That way, your 'style' is allowed to develop alongside attaining the new knowledge and higher understanding offered by the life studies :]
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andersam Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing this! I too wish to someday pursue some sort of Art career, and I'm glad I clicked this. You managed to sell me the idea of drawing realisticly in 5 minutes when I've been resisting it for years. The math metaphor really helped me grasp it. Thank you for explaining it in such a neat and orginized way.
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painted-bees Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
that's exactly what this article set out to do! I'm very, very glad to hear it helped explain the point effectively! :]<3
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