Day 1

Studying a picture and redrawing it from memory afterwards is not as easy as it seems.
I noticed you need to draw an object several times from almost the same angle and understand its construction, its form, in order to be able to reproduce it from memory.
I’m always trying to spot mistakes and weak points so I can be more careful on those next time.

I was always asking myself why every anatomy book insists on reducing human figure to basic geometrical shapes, I thought drawing a leg that looks good is enough. But I guess it isn’t, since you still need to understand which way is the knee pointing, if you need to add some armor to your character.
Also, starting with drawing a box and a few cylinders is a lot easier than trying to draw the whole hand without even understanding its shapes.

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50 days of intensive studying

I’ve decided to get on a strict studying schedule since I’m not pleased with the speed I’m progressing even though I draw every day.
I need to push myself even further.

I pinned down my weak points
– hands & feet (I’m terrible at those)
– balancing the pose and getting it to feel natural
– portraits from imagination
– facial expressions
with focus on:
– colors
– basic shapes
– light source
– having fun painting

So I’m planning to do at least 1 study every day from each of those categories and then apply it by redrawing it from memory. This way, I force the speed at which I can memorize these things.
This will not be easy, but if I manage to keep posting, I’m pretty sure I’ll get to the level I want.

Here are some studies I did the other days, tomorrow I’ll start posting

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hands01

hands02

medieval_armor_studies

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