Today I managed to meet one of my goals for January: 15 art studies. While I have done art studies before, they are usually part of a challenge like Draw Everything June, a daily challenge for practicing poses. Those challenges, though exhausting, taught me that art studies are a great way to improve one’s drawing skills, so I’ve wanted to incorporate them into my everyday practice for a while. And what better time to start than now?
One of the best benefits of starting this practice is that I’ve already learned (or re-learned) several important lessons about art studies and art in general:
- Digital pen and pencil or real-life, use whatever you are comfortable with. Both are great ways to make studies.
- Loose and quick linework usually looks better than tense and heavy-handed.
- The eraser is your friend. Use it.
- Studies are for you to learn, not for an audience to critique. Just relax and draw.
- You don’t need to draw every single thing you see to get a good likeness. Sometimes what you leave out is just as important as what you put in.
This month was all about posing because (1) I’m familiar with it, so it isn’t scary and (2) I want to get better at making realistic-looking and dynamic poses. Next month I plan to continue with posing, and start incorporating some landscapes and environments as well.
Thank you for reading! Wishing you all the best in your art journey too. (^_^)
What is something you’ve recently learned about your art or craft? I would love to hear from you, so share it in the comments!