That it has to be said is odd, but it has to be said. The first thing you must work on is your physical comfort. If your body is stressed by lack of sleep or lack of food, then don't be an idiot. Go grab something to eat first so you can enjoy yourself, or take a 30 minute power nap! If you are on medication, or drugs that get in your way, say so so the supervisor knows what the hell is going on.
Or if you have a hangover, plan things a little differently the next time.
Also, how you sit down when you draw, how you hold a pencil, etc., all affect how you feel, and so how much you will enjoy and how much you will learn. So, the first thing at the studio is for you to learn how to sit properly and how to hold a pencil, so your body will not rebel and try to toss you out of it.
In the image below, two students new to the studio are drilling how to sit comfortably, and how to hold a pencil so their arms and wrists and fingers won't get all screwed up and achy. These are not rules by the way, and you can actually draw on your head and hold a pencil with your nose if you want to,I don't care, but, some things make it easier to draw, and some things make it harder to draw.
Age doesn't matter. The young ones are taught the same things as the older ones, how to sit, how to hold a pencil, and how to eat crayons.
For some bizarre reason, most people think of drawings as 'black on white'. No, look at the drawings of the great Masters! They were practically never just black or grey on white. They used coloured tools, coloured papers and so forth.
So, once the basic drawing skills are under control, we draw using material that are not just black and white. We use coloured pencils on coloured mat boards, or on coloured papers, whatever I can get for free.
Part of the basic drawing course is to draw from old Masters drawings, people, landscapes, etc. What is important to understand, is that the drawing basics are the drawing basics for ANY subject, ANY subject. You don't need a different set of skills to draw a bowl of lemons from a pool of people, or a landscape. The basics are the basics, and cover everything. To get you to see this, we have you draw some simple drawings done by the old farts, and as well a few landscapes.
Here an artist is learning how to draw folds in fabric.
This is not really a basic drawing, but it is a drawing using basic drawing skills. Here the artist is using a coloured paper and a colour pencil to produce a real fine work of art. It is interesting, that using a coloured background and a coloured drawing tool, with the same skills as drawing black on white, the artistic quality of your work goes rocketing upwards. It is not that you can draw better, or that your result is drawn better, it is that because you have move away from black and white, it is different. Personally, I think it is much more aesthetic.
This student is at the very end of the basic drawing course. When you see that little doll pop up, along with the 'killer rabbit', you know you are getting to the end of it. These final setups call upon you to apply every single skill you learned on the course, all of them. If you are weak on any, this is where you find out.
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