Five Lessons Learned from a Month of Art Studies

A month's worth of art studies, all pose references.

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:

  1. Digital pen and pencil or real-life, use whatever you are comfortable with.  Both are great ways to make studies.
  2. Loose and quick linework usually looks better than tense and heavy-handed.
  3. The eraser is your friend.  Use it.
  4. Studies are for you to learn, not for an audience to critique.  Just relax and draw.
  5. 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.
A month's worth of art studies, all pose references.
All the digital art studies from January.  (The rest were traditional.)

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!

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5 thoughts on “Five Lessons Learned from a Month of Art Studies

  1. Absolutely agree, it’s amazing the lessons we learn and take away from creating a routine. I’m trying to dedicate more time to writing what feels most natural a little bit each day. I’m not expecting anything of myself when I sit down to write other than what feels good in the moment, not worrying about grammar or editing just time to play and create. I’ve learned doing this without expectations is fun and fills me with great joy and it truly shows in my writing and subsequently flows in my drawing. I love just allowing myself to play and experiment with the direction my creativity takes me. It makes me feel like a kid again.😉😊❤️

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    1. Thank you for the wonderful comment, Jen!

      That sounds like a lovely routine. Letting the words and pictures flow, without stressing over making errors or doing things “wrong” sounds so joyful! With art you can’t really do things “wrong” anyway, stories and art are truly free creative expressions. 😊❤️

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  2. I’m loving the scribbles River! I think it is noticeable to see that you get used to draw poses, especially after all the practise in the last year too! Thanks vcery cool. I think you are also doing a good job with the proportions! Clothing is giving me a hard time lately somehow!

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