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    "I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process."

  • #2
    Exactly! I love how it's all laid out in plain sight! Thanks Gar!
    Sketching not only helps you work out good ideas, it helps you get past the bad ones.

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    • #3
      Nice! Anyone can learn to draw. But not everyone has the patience to practice.
      It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" – Winnie the Pooh

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      • #4
        Perhaps now is good time to take a really long and hard look at the work of Jean Michel Basquiat ...and get to me on that.

        More often than not repetition a.k.a. practice, will kill any and all individuality you've ever had...

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        • #5
          That's true! I know how to draw too, not so well like that and I know that if I waste some hours practicing I can draw well, but since I started do work with graphic design, traditional art has isn't interesting anymore... I feel that I'm really wasting time...

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          • #6
            The Translucent Veil is always the milestone on which artists (and sculptors) seem to be judged. It's a real skill to be able to pull off.
            I don't believe just anyone can learn to draw to that skill level, even with practice. One can certainly improve one's drawing ability but if there is a point where the would-be artist can no longer "see" the nuances necessary to progress, they can't progress.
            Just like I'm certain there are people out there with the ability to see in a wider color gamut than I can.

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            • #7
              He is brilliant....Thanks to GDF for taking him....

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              • #8
                Just a couple of things...

                When it comes to artistic abilities, like learning to draw, I don't agree that everyone can get truly good at it through enough practice. Most everyone can improve, but only a few will ever excel. It's the same for learning the piano, football, singing, mathematics, gymnastics or drawing -- most everyone can get better through practice, but practice alone isn't enough to master any of these things. Instead, it requires endless hours of practice that are built upon a natural predisposition, aka talent.

                Second, I think the article is written from an artistically naive point of view, and most of the examples it shows reflect that bias. Proficiency at drawing shouldn't be measured by how well an artist can imitate a photograph or draw medieval dragons. Personally, I'd rather see something with a little more creative depth.

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                • #9
                  I agree that if we practice time enough, we can achieve much better results,
                  i myself practice everyday my observational skills at the park near my work,
                  and i notice a couple things, first timeĀ“s i try to draw, i just draw horrible, then i get better, then you get bad again, and so on
                  till get steady.

                  But i had one thing in mind, if its bad repeat again, it may not be the exact image, but you are developing your way of drawing,
                  your trace, and the way you see and translate all the information around through your own visual language.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by p.cabral View Post
                    But i had one thing in mind, if its bad repeat again, it may not be the exact image, but you are developing your way of drawing, your trace, and the way you see and translate all the information around through your own visual language.
                    I remember back in my university drawing classes, we had one professor who assigned us to meticulously draw 1 square inch of a dollar bill. The objective was to copy as precisely as possible every detail in that square inch, so I spent several days doing so with a very sharp 6H pencil. The professor in another drawing class the following semester complained about the assignment. He said that an artist's goal should never be to simply copy but to interpret what was seen in new and creative ways.

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                    • #11
                      The thing is B, they were both right.
                      In my design classes years ago, it was always a struggle for some students to interpret beyond what they could actually see. Some of the exercises in 2D class caused them a lot of trauma. The real angst appeared when it came to 3D class, where interpretation can have 6 sides instead of 2.

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                      • #12
                        Very cool, thanks for sharing, Gar!

                        I agree that some talent is required to reach a certain level, but you'll never know without a lot of practice, work and effort. Then, after you understand HOW to draw, you can find your own style. Besides, it's just fun to see how some very skilled artists got their start.
                        The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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                        • garricks
                          garricks commented
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                          Exactly! I loved watching the progression, and the style develop.

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