A Year of Studies, 2016 Edition

General Studies

For me, 2016 was the year of possibilities. In additional to leaping for my dreams, I committed to self-direction studies. Listening to Crimson Daggers’ podcast convinced me that art school doesn’t matter. If you push yourself and you’re hungry, you’ll learn. “Go back to the fundamentals,” is the advice I kept hearing. So, my goal was to do a film still study every day.

2016-studies

The problem: I could churn out an nearly exact replica and learn nothing. My bulk study approach wasn’t working. I needed more critical thinking. I needed to emphasize the fundamentals.

Back to the drawing board, I devised a fundamental-oriented program. 3 studies a week based on 1 fundamental.

Below you will find 15 weeks of studies done in this method.

Week 01

Fundamental: Lighting

Film Genre: Fantasy

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Fundamental: Value

Film Genre: Historical Period (Medieval)

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Fundamental: Perspective

Film Genre: Crime/Thriller

Week03-01 Week03-02 Week03-03Week 04

Fundamental: Composition

Film Genre: Scifi

Week04-01 Week04-02 Week04-03Week 05

Fundamental: Color

Film Genre: Music Video

Week05-01 Week05-02 Week05-03Week 06

Fundamental: Anatomy

Film Genre: Chick Flick

Week06-01 Week06-02 Week06-03Week 07

Fundamental: Color

Film Genre: Scifi

Week07-01 Week07-02 Week07-03Week 08

Fundamental: Anatomy

Film Genre: Fantasy

Week08-01-03Week 09

Fundamental: Value

Film Genre: Post Apocalyptic

Week09-01 Week09-02 Week09-03Week 10

Fundamental: Composition

Film Genre: Superhero

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Week 11

Fundamental: Perspective

Film Genre: Fantasy

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Week 12

Fundamental: Lighting

Film Genre: Post Apocalyptic

Week12-01 Week12-02 Week12-03

Week 13

Fundamental: Composition

Film Genre: Scifi

Week13-01 Week13-02 Week13-03Week 14

Fundamental: Color

Film Genre: Historical Period

Week14-01 Week14-02 Week14-03Week 15

Fundamental: Lighting

Film Genre: Fantasy

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This worked much better, and I noticed that focusing on one fundamental helped a lot. However, there were certain fundamentals that people needed more work on generally. And even focusing on one fundamental, it was still easy to mentally check out and not internalize the learning.

Inktober Studies

We took a break for Inktober. Instead, we did a progression of topics meant to harmonize.

  1. Simple anatomy
  2. Foreshortened anatomy
  3. Perspective
  4. Foreshortened anatomy & perspective

See my whole #inktober series.

Inktober Week 1: Simple Anatomy

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Inktober Week 2: Foreshortened Anatomy

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Inktober Week 3: Perspective

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Inktober Week 4: Foreshortened Anatomy & Perspective

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Week 16 through 21

After Inktober, I revised the study program again. Even focusing on a fundamental, I found I was trying to recreate the scenes exactly. I wanted these studies to push my critical thinking. I restructured the program to include one, three-step study per week. We’d focus on the most commonly needed fundamentals only: perspective, anatomy, and color.

This study method is explained in more detail on the #StillStudying post.

Week 16: Anatomy, Fighting

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Week 17: Color, Dusk & Dawn

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Week 18: Anatomy, Backs

Week18

Week 19: Perspective, One-Point

Week19

Week 20: Anatomy, Kissing

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Week 21: Anatomy, Dancing

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Week 22: Color, Magenta & Teal

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Miscellaneus Additional Studies

Throughout the year, I participated in some study prompts from various art groups. Most of these were done before the start of #StillStudying.

Portraits

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Disney Realism

20160523-Disney

Virtual Plein Air

20160515-Landscape

Vehicle in Perspective

20160319-Car-Study

Hair

20160311-Hair-Studies

Water

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Indoor Virtual Plein Air

20160229-Virtual-Plein-Air-Study

Virtual Plein Air

20160221-Rock-Study

Light on Skin

20160206-Skin-Studies

Glass

20160131-Glass-Study

Scales

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Quickposes

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Fur

20160123-Fur-Studies

Clouds

20160119-Cloud-Studies

Crystal (Garnet, Pearl, Amethyst)

20160116-Crystal-Studies

Clothing/Fabric

20160109-Fabric-Studies

In total, I completed 114 studies in 2016. Not bad. Let’s see if I can do better in 2017!
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