Sunday, December 28, 2014

Learn the rules to break them.

It's been far too long since I updated my blog but I have a good reason. I've been doing a lot of research on a variety of areas.

I was getting quite frustrated and angry at myself because my art was lacking. That resulted in a lot of emotional breakdowns because of how passionate I am and where I want my art career to be. 

What I found out was I'm frustrated because I lack understanding. 

I read up on Da Vinci and have been studying him and other masters for some time now. They spent years studying and learning everything about their craft...I'm only at the one and a 1/2 mark. I've got quite a ways to go.

Another thing I realized is I tend to break a lot of rules with my art...but how can I break the rules if I don't know the rules? 

I can't. 

So, I'm learning the rules. I started with values. 

This was my first attempt.
This was my second. Obviously there have been improvements but I still have quite a ways to go. 

Right now I'm working on perspective. 

I've started following Brandon Dayton as well as spending time working through tutorials on

The basics are important even though I don't plan on being a rule follower with my own art. I need to spend the time learning, studying, and absorbing as much information as I can. 

I'm going to be posting my practice and my studies so be prepared. 

Some of them are going to suck. I'm okay with that. 

The important thing is to learn, not be afraid to fail, and keep trying. As long as I don't quit...I can't lose.