Rad Sechrist: studying

Guest: "I'd love to see the best way to maximize practice. Say you sit down for a couple hours each day study: where do you focus? How do you make it stick?"

Here is how I learned to draw. I put on an animated movie and pause it and try to figure out how to draw it. this is still something I do almost every day for about an hour. For figure drawing, I take out a master drawing and do a master copy on newsprint. I also do studies from comics. I find it easier to do studies from art. For me (and this is just a very personal opinion) drawing from life, or from photos is like taking a test. You find out what you need to study more of and you go back and study artist to figure out how they handled things, then you go and take the test again. If you only ever draw from life, you run the risk of just repeating the same mistakes over and over again and never improving. there are pros and cons to this method. At first, your drawings will be very unoriginal, but eventually you can break free and develop your own style. The other side of the coin is to be very fresh and original, but not "technically" as good of a draftsmen (never study). It's a very personal decision that each artist gets to make and I don't think one way is better than the other.

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Anonymous said...

This is exactly the way I started learning to draw when I was a kid. Then I was told not to do that because it would make me draw like other artists instead of in my own style. However, when I tried to draw ONLY from life and nothing else, I hit a wall and couldn't make progress. It is only now that I have started to consider going back to my old theory. I also think that by learning this way, its possible to study many different styles... not just one particular style and eventually you'll be drawing in your own unique blend of those styles.

I think of this method as similar to using training wheels when learning how to ride a bike. Once you have gotten a sense of balance and technique, you will eventually outgrow your training wheels. You will know you're drawing in your own style when the "training wheels" are holding you back more than they are helping you.

Sam Nielson said...

Oh, how I wish I had the patience for this. This is probably the reason why you're so good at everything you do.

Anonymous said...

I was the guest who posted the question and I just wanted to thank you for answering it! :D Very helpful.

Randall Sly said...

Rad I really enjoy how you explain things. Yet another good post.

Gyg said...

Thanks for the breakdown on how you're approaching studying stuff too, those images really help to pin point the kinds of significant proportions to be on the lookout for.

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