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Tony (ASM)

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How easy do you find drawing out of your imagination or, from something named/chosen at random?
We'll, I've found out that when I try to draw something named at random, for example, a Dragon, It was very tough. In fact, I couldn't believe how hard it was! My Dragon drawing was like a child's! Seriously, look at this I did.


I've learnt that, without construction knowledge, proportion know-how and perspective considerations, it was impossible. I've learnt that, in order to attempt to recreate or, design ones own creation, you need knowledge and skills of geometric shapes and construction techniques.
But, I'm onto it now! I'm learning what I consider to be, a very skilled based aspect of art that requires knowledge and practice in order to gain confidence and result in respectful art-work!

How easy or difficult do you find drawing out of imagination? What experiences have you got and, what learning curve have you gone through or, going through?
« Last Edit: May 08, 2014, 07:54:29 AM by Tony (ASM) »
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Reply #1 on: May 08, 2014, 07:38:27 AM
I've always drawn 'things' out of imagination, so I don't really think I can pass comment as far as a learning curve. It's just something I started doing as a youngster. Now I don't do nearly as much as I used to, but it would be an interesting exercise. I know when I've tried to create a scene it is more difficult to do. I put that down to 'thinking' too much i.e. worrying over details, content and finishing before I even get started! It doesn't flow as freely or easily as before. Just have to learn to let go and give free reign again.... let the mind's eye do it's thing.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #2 on: May 08, 2014, 09:54:46 AM
I guess it depends on what you are going after. 
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Reply #3 on: May 08, 2014, 10:15:53 AM
I guess it depends on what you are going after.


Anything from adding a subject to an existing photograph, to making cartoon/caricatures or, illustrated artwork for books. The ability to create an image built from construction basics or, ones imagination then, being able to use it, is surely a great skill to have!  :painting: 
« Last Edit: May 08, 2014, 12:09:49 PM by Tony (ASM) »
''Don't spend life going forward in reverse, just glimpse the rear view mirror now and again then, focus on what lays ahead''.
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Tony (ASM)

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Reply #4 on: May 17, 2014, 11:56:00 AM
I've looked around for a while for something better than those Artists wooden Manikins. Most of the toy figures are quite poor in terms of their body part movements. Anyway, today I bought 2 old fashioned figures called 'Action Men' with some other toys figures and clothing for £5. One in particular had very impressive moveable limbs and I hope to use it for further practice with imagining scenes to draw.
I'll post a photo of the figure soon to show 'ya what it looks like.

''Don't spend life going forward in reverse, just glimpse the rear view mirror now and again then, focus on what lays ahead''.
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Reply #5 on: July 12, 2014, 12:33:29 AM
Hi Tony

I had the "bad" habit of painting from my head.....I paint mainly landscapes so I think it's a lot easier to get away with it. 

Since I started doing live classes here I have enjoyed the "class" format and I especially like the Paint Along (until I lose where we are up to)  :2funny:

To be honest as long as you get the result YOU want I don't think there is any right or wrong way to paint something....drawing may be different, I don't know...I can't draw  >:D
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