ohno wrote:Hey Joe, how do you learn how to draw? Let me guess: "practice", right? But how do you practice; like what do you draw to practice? I want to take drawing seriously but I'm not sure where to start.
If you're really serious about learning how to draw, take life drawing for 5 years and see where you end up. It's the only way to figure out how to draw at a high level and it seeps into every thing from photography to storyboarding to comic books to whatever. It's more than just learning how to draw naked people.
Practice is a big part considering I've been, at the very least, doodling since I was 2. I also went to Art school (The Art Institute of Dallas) for 3 years where, among other classes, I took cartooning, animation, and 3 life drawing classes. Honestly I wish I could take more. My drawing skill are no where near as good as I would like them to be. That being said my work has infinitely improved since college so if you're serious about it I would recommend art school.
CustomJoeyV wrote:Do I draw the penis?
Has anyone ever gotten in trouble for censoring their art like that? Like adding a leaf or something to cover the genitalia in a piece of art for a class. Being expressionism, I'd find it to really be in poor taste if one would get in trouble for expression their views in their art (when they're creating something, of course).
I mean, it's not the same as say a musician in an orchestra of 50+ people, right?
Yes, you do indeed draw the penis. After the initial shock of it all, being in a room with a naked person becomes no big deal. It's just like a sculpture you're drawing. I don't think you would ever "get in trouble" for that unless you're just drawing a vase with flowers and you're adding a penis to it. Then you just look like an immature idiot, but given the strange way the art community works I'm sure there is an audience for that kind of thing. I guess as long as you display it in a place that wants there is no harm. If you have a painting of a dozen penises and you nail it to the wall of a children's hospital without permission you might get in trouble, but I don't know that from experience.
Speaking of penises, here is a disturbing story. In my life drawing class we used 3 models. A husky pale woman, a tattooed fit guy with a huge pierced dong, and an old guy. We had the old guy more often. He was pale, flabby, and his genitals looked like a shaved albino rat with a marshmallow in his mouth. We all really thought there was something wrong with it, as not being gay and only seeing them in porn, we had never seen anything like that. I would post the sketches, but I'm sure you get the visual.
How's that for a artsy penis story?
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