As an artist, i want to continue to culture growth. I do not want to be a stagnant artist. I'm beginning a series of drawing excersizes to help myself develop style, speed, and confidence in my art.
As for style, i feel my art is beginning to become more realistic in a sense that i am trying to make a point of drawing everything that should be there, as opposed to simulating what should be there through a more gesture style. I prefer this look in others art, though it is something i struggle to capture myself.
If i develop a style that is not only visually pleasing and stylized but practical as well, i can create art much faster and then take on more work. By being nearly redundant with my art i can discover the most efficient ways to create, saving time and maximizing productivity.
By working as fast as i can, it forces me to learn to lay down lines quickly. The repeated process of this builds muscle memory which will eventually take over so that each line is clean and uniform. Muscle memory is the key to confidence as an artist. Everyone knows how to draw a straight line and a perfect circle, but getting your hand to actually create what you see in your mind's eye is virtually impossible without development. This confidence will give me a more consistent style, regardless of what is featured in the art.
The excersize itself is pretty simple. Use trace paper to copy an artist whose style i want to try to learn from. Copying. In almost any other case i would be against this, but as a learning tool, i couldn't think of a better reference. A good artist, uses good artist. But my aim isn't to create a scene in particular, just to develop.
So i've filled this page with art from my favorite artist: Jim Lee and his work on X-men Visionaries. I'm not copying line art per say, but rough figures and facial features. Mostly what is depicted is Psylocke, some Black Widow, and some Rogue. I'll continue filling pages and working my way through the book from front to back until i've drawn every image i feel i can learn from. And once i'm done with that book, i shall start another.
Hopefully by doing this, my skills will grow and mature and that will be reflected in the commission work i do as well as what i do for fun. I want to produce the best art i can, and that only happens by never being satisfied.