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New Coloring Page – One Punch Man

REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

This coloring page goes along with a new YouTube video about reflective practice. A few months back I created a post about the three types of practice – inspirational, intentional, and reflective. I think the most effective and the best way to improve is to use reflective practice. That is, get out your arsenal of adjectives and describe your art. Use constructive words to describe the lines, shapes, and values. How are they working together? How are they not working together? Is there anything that can be changed or modified to make the image “read” better? These are the questions of reflective practice. An artist can use this information to focus areas of improvement and make practice more meaningful. This is what makes reflective practice so powerful and one of the studying artist’s most useful tools.


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Working on Gesture

So I decided on a work schedule for myself in my last post which consisted of gesture drawing. So far, its gesture drawinggoing well. I’m not going to try to exaggerate the body as much because I would like to focus on improving my anatomy. Instead, I’m going to work on proportion.

Did you change your focus as well? Did you decide on a new learning target? If you did, welcome to reflective practice! This is how we get better at drawing, fast. Look at your drawings after you draw them and decide if you need to focus more on one thing or move on to something else. Be constructive and not critical. Tearing down your self-esteem isn’t going to make you better at drawing. I realized that I need to have more accurate proportions (head, torso, limbs, etc.) before I even think about exaggerating those same proportions. It makes sense. But did you notice how I didn’t beat myself up about it? I just focused my efforts so I improve the overall product, my drawing. Reflective practice is one of the best ways to improve quickly. Why? It isn’t destructive and self defeating. Instead, it helps focus and build skill. Try it!

I’m still working on gesture and getting the overall proportions correct, and this is only the male figure! Now I need to draw the female figure in gesture too because I feel I need to improve in that department as well. THAT is a lot of drawing. I better get back to work!

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Pick a Starting Point to Draw

I’m working on drawing my own comic. Not an easy task but I’m up for the challenge! Before any drawing program, there needs to be a starting point. Where are you at in your skill set? From there you can plan a clear path to where you want to be or where are you aiming towards? I drew an image of a generic, heroic character with his fist raised in a dramatic pose (look below).  That is my starting point. Looking at it, YES! I could use some improvement. If you follow any of my rubrics (I’m a teacher by day) you would see what I see. I need to develop my structure, anatomy, and fluidity.

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Okay so I’ve narrowed it down to three categories. That’s too much. I need to break it down further. I’m going to narrow it to working on creating more natural looking characters with more ease of movement, in other words, fluidity.  How do I do that? Practice making an action line when I draw gesture. What is an action line? The imaginary line that runs down the spine of your subject.

I think that by utilizing this principle of using an action line to establish the pose is a solid one that will yield favorable results. So that is my drawing goal. (Don’t forget to create a goal so you don’t practice aimlessly.)

After that, I’m going to read artist’s anatomy books to help me draw the musculature more realistically. I also want to create that exaggerated look in comics’ muscles (they keep adding muscles that aren’t there but it still looks good). Okay, I have another goal, now I can plan my drawing time!

While I’m going to be drawing gesture drawings (at least 30 per day), I’m also going to be practicing drawing women’s and men’s faces (5 each in three-quarter view). Why two different things? I can divide my time and break up the monotony of drawing the same thing over and over (drawing combined with reflection, is necessary for improvement). Also, switching female and male faces I break up those drawing sessions even further. I can change angle and gender for added variety and a sense of freshness so I won’t be so easily frustrated. So I have my drawing session planned: gesture drawing and faces. Remember to always break up the time to avoid boredom or creativity blocks.


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Look at Your Art Constructively, NOT Critically

We’ve all done it. We rip into our art and say it isn’t any good. Stop the insanity! Look at your art with an objective, constructive eye instead of a critical one. How? Use a rubric!
This video demonstrates how to use a rubric to diagnose where you need to improve and where you don’t to streamline your drawing practice so it’s more effective and efficient.

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