>There’s an arc in art skill where you gradually use more tools, construction, and measurements, then you eventually get that shit nailed down and start using less.
That's what I thought, but I'm still not seeing it. It feels like I'm skipping a step or following instructions incorrectly, but for the life of me I can't seem to find out how.
>human photocopier work
I'd like to be good at that sort of thing, if only because I recognize how it would be useful, but I'm typically a bit hesitant to do very much of it because 1) I don't want to end up only being able to make copies of things that other people have already done, and 2) because it's too reliant on perfection in areas I suck at, and making too many mistakes makes it impossible to identify and correct them, and it also makes things that are done properly look like they aren't, which leads to lateral or backwards moves. Several months ago I spent a long time trying that, but I was also constantly superimposing the new one over the original to see where I went wrong. My thinking was that rather than measuring first and then making the line, I'd try eyeballing it and then checking how close I was and redoing it to increase the accuracy of my eyes.
It didn't seem to help at all so I stopped and went back to practice of fundamental pieces, thinking that I'd get more accurate by trying it repeatedly. I wouldn't say that time was useless, because I learned a lot of perspective distortion rules and improved in some areas I struggled with, but I don't have the ability to consistently reproduce them, or tell by a glance whether or not things are the right size/position. It seems like the sort of thing you would do after you already have some skill with getting things how you want. I also tried repeatedly tracing over collages of different parts in hopes that I could get better at making certain movements in certain situations, but it doesn't seem to help much. I think part of that might be because I can't tell how the original strokes are made, so it's not really practicing them.
>Peter Han dynamic sketching class
I remember hearing about this a few years ago, but I never looked into it because it sounded like it focuses mostly on trading accuracy for fluidity, which would only be helpful if I was already pretty good. I started doing DrawABox exercises too with the intention of improving my arm articulation, but that seems to have the same problem though admittedly I haven't gone through all of them
, and it's too focused on shoulder use (not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but my tablet's too small for it to be very useful, and I don't have space for a larger one.) I'll look into it again, though, thanks.
Sorry for the wall of text.