Do you recall the last time you got a sudden spike in your learning curve?
What were you drawing when all of a sudden, you just sudden "got" it? And what aspect was it that suddenly got a lot smoother for you after a long plateau?
Recently, shadow shapes describing the 3rd dimension on smaller forms. I'm a beginner and this shit blew my mind. I went on to start putting shadow onto my form studies and it's a lot more fun now. Especially when the shape pops off the page.
The biggest spike I had was when I started studying anatomy for weight lifting. I went from drawing sub-par anime shit to detailed musculature. I realized then that just drawing alone wasn't enough and I had to study how things are built to really gain an understanding.
Exactly this for me.
I've been working on Loomis almost exclusively and got tired of it after getting to the perspective section.
I still felt like I wasn't really getting 'it' and kept trying to construct from real life. Then, recently, I picked up Bridgmans anatomy book and suddenly everything clicked into place. I'm studying the skull now, and thanks to Loomis I can break it down into simple shapes and build it back up from imagination however I want. And now that I understand how a skull actually looks, drawing the different parts of the face is WAY easier. I guess Loomis actually taught me a lot, but I didn't realize it until I moved out of my comfort zone.
Still don't feel like learning perspective tho...
a recent evrika moment for me was when I stopped drawing perspective line, and start think in directions like: this object is at the right of the viewer, top. bottom, etc. and horizontal line, vanishing point to add after this step
another one was for foreshortening, instead of starting from one point and going from there, I started putting stuff on imaginative different layers and then connect them, like draw a hand, the torso behind, an elbow somewhere inbetween, and then connect them
That's a really rubbish graph
This one here shows it alot better
You don't have periods where you lose skill nor periods where you don't gain at all
You're always improving but your eyes are always fluctuating
I really feel this.
Periods with slow improvement you start to feel like you're getting worse because you'll learn to see more of your mistakes before you learn to fix them. I often go into cycles of confidence and despair when I think about my skill level, but if you were to look at all your work by date you'll see you most likely are always steadily getting better.
I've been in a plateau/slump for the better part of a month. I've been drawing a little over a year so it feels like a substantial chunk. It's a bummer but I'm excited to emerge from it.
I think my last spike was in December when I started transitioning from just greyscale into color.
Man, I really hope this period of frustration should end soon. I was learning the fundamentals, working well with gesture and simple volumes, then came a sudden stop, now my gestures and everything is PRETTY shitty.