So 2020 has been an interesting year for me so far.
First my Wacom Cintiq Companion became unusable. Which meant I had to invest in a new computer, which is always a big step for me.
I learned so much about current graphics-cards, processors, laptop screens etc. as I hadn't in years.
But I finally decided and I am now waiting for it to arrive at my place. Until then this means going back to my old (2008!) desktop computer for me.
Second I am currently trying to pick up a new habit. Drawing or painting sketches every day in the morning of different subjects with traditional media. In the past I feel like I have been studying only very sporadically. Now I am back to focusing on those fundamentals again. I am posting my progress mainly on instagram and facebook, so feel free to follow me there. The idea is to establish the big shapes and value - groups (tonal arrangement) rather simply and quickly and to not mess with details.
I got the inspiration from following Vaughan Ling's morning guts stream on Youtube.
Here is the result of the first week or so.
In the past, I was always looking for some new tutorial or book to learn stuff. This is good and all, but I feel like just by doing these small studies, I am improving more rapidly then ever.
Instead of putting a lot of focus on data-collecting, this approach focusses on learning through failure and repetition. Also it is just a lot of fun.
Give it a try and tell me how you liked it.
P.s. if you don't know where to start. I would suggest rocks and trees, since it doesn't matter if proportions are off. Just go to pinterest and look for "rock formations" and "trees".
Setting a timer is also a good idea, since it forces me to stay focused on the big shapes.
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