I think I'm understanding heads a lot more now! I really have made a lot of progress once I switched up how I practiced. I don't even know why it didn't come to me from the beginning to practice this way ugh. I guess it got to do with it being a lot like " studying " instead of what drawing meant to me which is something that is supposed to be free and easygoing. So whenever I practiced drawing, I would just sketch instead of breaking it down every step of the way. Never using enough brains and making enough logical deductions.
I think another reason why I didn't like to do this was I considered it/ felt it was cheating which was so so stupid. I think it got to do with the feeling that it felt like copying instead of something that comes from you but I now realized that art comes directly from what you observe and you should do whatever you can to understand the things you are seeing. I think right now we're really blessed to have photoshop and all these art tools, it really makes learning art easier.
Observe, breakdown, test yourself without seeing and rinse and repeat. I think I'll continue learning this way
These are some painting practices I did. I did some head plane practices base on head references before the painting though, https://www.artstation.com/artwork/GX3Ax1. I tried to get a lot of different angles ( Above HL, AT HL, Bottom HL ) so I can understand the relationships of the different face features better and just practice from there.
Once I practiced that, I decided to test my understanding by drawing from photographs and that made me realize I don't really understand where the eyes, nose, and lips lay on the face once the perspective gets more complicated.
Like I get the overall picture right but the face is so off. The main issue was that I treated it very flat and I didn't adjust it to the tilt of the head AUgh. I'll work more on that more sigh.
For painting, I'm really happy with the progress I made so far. I felt like I understood more about it now once I have broken the picture into planes. It made understanding how light hits on the surface easier and more manageable. Another point I'd like to make is that it's best to treat your painting every step of the way, makes it more manageable. I used to paint straightaway without many guidelines and that was so difficult and time-consuming. It made me backtrack a lot and "feel" my way through the painting, instead of basing my painting on my understanding, you'll naturally just end up copying in the end and I believe you won't learn much like that in the end I feel.
I used art from https://twitter.com/mamongmay, and just bought https://cubebrush.co/naranbaatarcg?order_by=popular stuff ( I'm really excited to learn from this ). References are all NCT really like their aesthetics . Looking at their stuff really helped me understand a lot more now.
Future stuff I'd like to practice more on,
- Heads in perspective/ alignment
- Hair Parts
- Greyscale and Lighting Transitions
- Eyes/ Nose forms
- Brushes/ Blending/ Textures