Illustrator Journal #13: Visual Research and some more Studying

Being able to interpret and capture the surrounding environment in any kind of media is a crucial skill to have for an artist/illustrator. Since I’ll be referencing objects and places in the real world for my inspiration, recording any peculiar detail will be helpful as a guide and refine my technical drawing skills, no matter how rough or neat. Here’s some pen drawings I did of objects in and around my surroundings:

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Also, I happened upon a book called Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Gray and as it says, GA is one of the best reference books for students, doctors and artists. This will also be helpful towards my aspirations in terms of being able to study anatomy and get a better insight into how each body part, nerve, muscle and gland works so I can draw the best figures possible.

It’s a huge book, but as mentioned earlier, it’s for reference when I need to look something up. This kind of book will be essential for when I head off to University in September and it’ll be a great learning tool.

A Summary of Life Drawing

It’s time for a little change and to add something to make the blog content a little more versatile in terms of art. Here’s a collection of life drawings I created over the course of 4 sessions in a month:

The purpose of this, is to narrate the development of my life drawing skills and reflect on any improvements made. Comparing my beginner class to my latest one, I can spot some significant improvement to how I approach drawing the model. I’m nowhere near good at this point in time, but I can see I’m taking the right steps. My tutor is rather supportive and it’s good to be in a casual environment with friends/classmates while working. As an aspiring illustrator, anatomy is a key foundation of knowledge to learn if I want to become better and I’m curious (if not worried) if I can grasp the concept of anatomy and develop my skills to a near-professional standard by the end of my course.

So I display my work to you all in as humble a way as possible and I truly appreciate all the support I have and all the support I may get. Thanks for reading.