Originally posted by Ian Coetzee: Hi, my drawing skills are that of a 10 year old…I’ve been drawing latly but…I just somtimes cant see the character anymore or the pose. What would be the best way to improve the fastest?
Hi there, welcome to the Anatomy Forum! I would first refer you to the following thread, where I encourage beginners to do short format Gesture Exercises that are posted to the beginning of the thread:
I’ve read/heard that doing thirty 1 minute sketches is better than doing one 30 minute sketch, for practise, true?
It’s good to do both, but I recommend that beginners actually start out with shorter format, timed sketches which may seem counterintuitive, but is actually best for the beginner. I recommend in the Beginners’ Lounge taking a Master Drawing, and copying it in short timed sessions of 2-5-10 minutes each, where you start a fresh drawing for each timed sequence, so that you do a 2 minute drawing, a new 5 minute drawing, and a new 10 minute drawing from the same reference. This helps you to see and capture the essence without overrendering or getting caught up in detail. Frequently it is detail which kills a figurative pose, when really the essence / gesture is really what’s important.
You might enjoy the short format of this thread, in which I encourage you to use the 2-5-10 or alternately 2-5-15 minute short format:
I basicly want to know if I keep creating really crap images(but try to make them better each time) will I improve? I think id agree.
No, it’s best to create pieces in a structured environment such as the Beginners’ Lounge and other threads here can provide. You will always learn faster when learning rules, and there are established methods for learning drawing, though of course none are set in stone. I really recommend following the Tutorials here and also setting up your own Personal Anatomy Sketchbook to chart your progress.
You can create your own Personal Anatomy Thread here: