6 Weekly Exercises To Do That Will Improve Your Artwork
If you had the chance to read Discovering My Passion, then you're aware of what I did to improve my artistry from the moment I realized art was a passion I wanted to pursue-- and how much practice that entailed:
but, what exactly should we be practicing?
Technique/Application, Backgrounds, Portraiture, Expression-- What we practice should revolve around these four instances and their subcategories: perspective, movement, setting, mood. To make it easy, here are Six Weekly Exercises to Improve Your Artwork.
1. Observation Drawing
Observation is the most important skill to hone if you want to create more realistic drawings/paintings. Anything that requires observation skills requires a focus on small details.
Take, for instance, if you were drawing a textured surface, (let's say a fluffy pillow); observation requires you to stop and consider every hand movement as you press pencil against paper.
As you draw the pillow, what lines (and their directions) would bring out the texture it houses? Sporadic flicks for longer hairs? How about shorter strokes for less fluffy pillows?
Ask: where does the light hit this object? How do I imply 3-dimension?
All of these things require careful observation.
This exercise not only helps your observation skills, but also challenges your use of space and perspective.
You can draw from a photo, but I recommend drawing Plein-air (on-site) for maximum benefit.
3. Still Life
Like drawing a landscape, a still life will challenge your surveying skills. It will also challenge your use of space and perspective, depending on how interesting you want your subject to look when you go to transfer it onto canvas.
Check out how to make a compelling still life here.
Creating thumbnails forces us to consider composition and can help us decide on the next piece we create, (or rather how it will look).
These should be quick and easy sketches; loose.
5. Experiment with a Different Medium
A great way to improve is to venture out! Try something new and use what you learn in future creations. I myself am an Acrylic Painter, so it'd be best to try out Oil, or even Colored Pencils. I've also always wanted to try mixed media using unusual finds ( my friend Tricia is great with this).
6. Practice Techniques
Practice, practice, practice! Nothing will serve you better on your road to improvement than practice will! That being said, there are so many ways to create!
Check out this cool video on acrylic painting techniques:
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