hfguide wrote:sansoouser wrote:What is the best way to practice? Draw stuff from your head or what you see, or trying to draw other artists work?
See my previous post in this thread, and look at and do every exercise in the books I recommended.
Can I offer an alternative??
Human nature being what it is, simply doing a exercise because someone else suggests it as "the method" seldom works--and this is so because the interest level of the person trying to draw usually doesn't stretch into the realms of drawing stuff that's not personal too them.
People don't like to abandon what they know, and like, to try something different that may be initially frustrating for them. If they try it and fail then they usually don't continue and cover the failure up so no-one ever knows about it. If one steps forth and commands that thou shalt draw only hands( to become good at them) and the budding artists tries a couple of hands and fails miserably they will not likely go on.
Learning something as personal as drawing can be very much like this.
So what to do?
Take what you know and ADD to it.
Most people, in my observation have some measure of drawing skill that satisfies them--so why forsake that? Keep drawing what you feel you are strong at and add to it things that you are not.
Can't draw hands, but you can draw a face? Draw that face, but add shoulders then a arm. And then a hand. build from there.
No good at perspective?
Draw a figure standing in front of a simple fence or wall shape that recedes into the distance.
Start small and build from there,.and this way you can have a "successful" image, even if the additonal stuff isn't as strong. And you will STAY interested as well as broaden your skills.