Apr. 23rd, 2013

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The other day on tumblr, I asked for some constructive criticism on my drawings. And I'm glad I did because I got some really helpful comments. But as much as those comments helped me see some mistakes that I've been repeating, they have made me realize how much I could really be helped by taking some life drawing classes.

There was one mistake that a couple of people talked about that I had absolutely no clue I was making. They mentioned the breasts were too high on the females, but when I really took a look at my figures, I realized that even the pectoral muscles on the males were too short. And this has been throwing off the rest of the torso on most of my figures. And the odd thing is, that now I realize that even when I was drawing from good references, I was still making this mistake. And I was still doing it this morning when I was drawing from an art anatomy book. I had to keep erasing and look at the reference harder. I can see the mistake so clearly now that it's been pointed out to me, but there was no seeing it before.

So now I'm thinking that if I could get even a little bit of instruction, even just enough for an instructor to simply point out to me all the mistakes I'm making that I can't see, that would help me immensely. I just can't correct mistakes that I'm unaware of. I know that there are a couple of places in town that offer life drawing classes during the summer. Of course, that may be problematic for me, but perhaps there are some night classes I can find.

I am glad that I have continued to improve, and I'm glad that I've improved enough that one person commenting even noticed this. And I think even if I do nothing but draw from my books, I'll keep improving. But I know that I would improve a whole lot faster with some instruction.

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