Hmm... I have an injury which makes me unable to draw a lot. In order to train at least my brain in seeing and remembering stuff, I read a lot of art books and tutorials on art/anatomy/perspective/color theory. So I can use the limited time that I can draw to do actually something useful. It's another way of approaching art, by analyzing art and training insight, and it takes considerable self discipline, but for me it does the trick. I even improved in the times that I couldn't draw.
MunkiiCFeatured By OwnerJan 1, 2013Student Digital Artist
Studies show that even when you stop physically practicing something, your brain continues to practice. I have heard that if u force yourself to keep going, it actually hurts more than helps. Take a break, u will be rusty but after u dust off the cobwebs u will notice u are sharper than ever! Works for me every time
I often see people with unusual faces on the bus, or a hat I wish to recreate. Not wanting to seem like a creep who takes pictures of strange people with their cellphone, I set about observing all the details I can for recreation later. Not great at it, but it really helps with observation skills when actually drawing from life.
You can start observing things around you more carefully. This can help you remember details better, see how things interact with other things and how they move in space. This will help you draw things better since you can "see" them in your head more clearly.
Hey, kakashi. Sports is out of the question for me. -__-
I'll be honest, your art... it is kind of bad. But, then again, I have a way's to go myself. Though that eagle is badass, and well done. Though velvet, on the other hand... Not so much. Sorry for being a criticy jerk, btw.
KaKashi-GirlFriendFeatured By OwnerJan 1, 2013Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it's ok. I know I'm a pretty much art fail. I'm working on it. So far the drawing I'm working on isn't too bad but the little girl's head is looking towards the father and I can't draw faces from the side. So that poor little girl's face looks a little odd. And with Velvet...I drew that all with markers and I can't draw ANYTHING with markers The eagle was a present and my grandpa loved it. So ya, and I need the criticism. So thanks!
But if you just DRAW, you're practicing everything at once! Wouldn't anything else just be making the process longer?
Few activities require the spatial hand-eye coordination that drawing does (with video games, for instance, timing is important but your fingers barely move). Maybe some hobby that required you to repeatedly visualize 3-dimensional images.. I can't think of one. Carpentry, perhaps.
It's just a theory. Drawing away from drawing, if you will. Besides, if I cannot draw, or if I have spending a large amount of time drawing, and wish to do something else (say, I have been drawing for approx. five hours straight.).