So i thought id create a thread that lists topics of study for aspiring illustrators.
These could be used as a guideline for rating potential study courses for those of us who are intending on formal study or used as a guide for informal study. (as I intend to do) They might also be used as a guide to help identify specific areas of interest and potential specialisation.
I've created a basic list below to get started, but would love any feedback, ideas, comments, crits, commendations etc ... especially from full time professional and student illustrators.
- Human Anatomy - All aspects of muscle form and human structure
- Face Focus - In Depth study of faces, female, male, old, young, creatures etc
- Amour and accessories - Studies of common forms of armour, cloth, leather and clothing
- Human Posing - commonly used pose studies
- Colour and lighting - colour and lighting studies across a broad range of subjects
- Flora and Fauna - real world studies
- Fantasy Architecture - Studies of common fantasy architecture
- Clouds, smoke, special effects - studies of how to create commonly used special effects
- Image Composition - Tension, focal points, colour and tonal balancing, story etc
- Painting Techniques - speed painting, sketching, colouring techniques, matte painting etc
- Animal and Creature Anatomy - common animal and creature studies, creature generation through referencing