|You first need to separate drawing skill, artistic knowledge, and creative design. They are three totally separate things. Drawing skill is the actual technical and mechanical skill of wielding a drawing/painting tool--how you control pen pressure, pen tilt, how you customize your brushes to fit your needs, how to use the right brush tip for shading, for clean edges, for textures, for expressive line weights...etc. Artistic knowledge is your understanding of the foundational theories like composition, values/lighting, color theory, anatomy/figure...etc. Creative design is your ability to come up with interesting visual design--be it a cool looking futuristic MP3 player, a spaceship, a restaurant, a military compound, battle armor, weapons...etc, and not only do they look great, they are also functional (at least visually they make sense). There's also a fourth factor, and that is visual storytelling--the narrative. But that's a whole different topic and not all artists are interesting in telling visual stories, expressing their emotions, or making socio-political statements.|
Above I've quoted one of Robert's (Lunatique) many helpful posts in the forums. I have a question about this statement and I would really appreciate if someone could help me. How do I practice to improve not my drawing skill, but Artistic knowledge and creative design? What exercises and actions will help me become a better artist and designer. I see so many artists just come up with great character, enviroment, vehicle, arhitecture designs on the fly. It looks so easy when they do it but sometimes I can't come up with an idea for days. I wish to become a better designer and also a better artist, but I'm not sure what to do, since it's not as simple as practicing drawing figures all day. I read through the stickies but haven't fun anything concrete on creative design and creating ideas that actually work and tell a story etc. I am ready to do whatever it takes to become better but I need some guidance..