Author:Aalma do Luar
The 7 MONTHS OF ART-IMPROVEMENT CHALLENGE is a 7-month long challenge I made for myself to improve art fundamentals and become a better artist. It’s not a course! I am sharing with you my journey which contains assignments, my studies and images, video processes, and recorded live streams where I am explaining tips and tricks I have learned on the way.
Each month is divided into 4 weeks and each week has 3 topics to study.
The main topics to focus on during the challenge are Anatomy, Gesture/Figure Drawing, and Color and Light Studies so basically, they will be studied in depth.
Besides that, the challenge will include such topics as Head Studies + Facial Expressions, Clothing, Composition, Perspective, and Environment Design, which are spread over the whole challenge and will be studied at a basic level.
The anatomy assignments are made based on Stan Prokopenko’s free online Anatomy course. I will provide links to watch and/or download the free references provided by Proko.
The Gesture/Figure Drawing assignments contain a bunch of exercises based on free resources and tutorials from the internet. This topic will help you understand how to work with shapes and silhouettes, how to better understand the human forms and values, and finally, how to add dynamics and flow to your gesture drawings. You will have access to over 300 gesture drawing studies and images.
COLOR AND LIGHT STUDIES
The color and light study assignments are based on the “Painting with Light and Color with Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo” course on Schoolism. I will not share any videos or images from this course since I do not own the material, but you will have access to a bunch of links to free resources that will help you better understand light and colors. Along with that, there will be exercises that will challenge you to study different types of light, how the color changes depending on the temperature, and color and lighting affects mood.
Along with the main topics, there will be some secondary topics that will only have a few weeks dedicated to their study.
HEAD STUDY and FACIAL EXPRESSIONS – the assignments for this topic are breaking the head into parts like the nose, lips, eyes, and overall head construction. After learning head construction, there will be an assignment that will challenge you to better understand facial expressions.
ENVIRONMENT DESIGN – includes assignments that focus on studying composition, perspective types, trees, clouds, water, and rocks, after which you’ll have to combine them all in a nature study.
CLOTHING – during the challenge you will have assignments that will help you better understand fabric folds and how to draw clothing.
THE CHALLENGE CONTENT
Each Week contains a list of assignments and content that will show you how I have accomplished the assignments:
Assignments [PDF] – that will challenge you to study all the provided topics.
HD Images [LPEG and/or PNG] – examples of the studies I made while accomplishing the assignments.
Video Processes [mp4]- screen recorded videos of my drawing process.
Time-lapse Videos [mp4] of the accomplished assignments.
Recorded Livestreams mp4] where I am sharing with you my process of drawing, how I think, and some tips and tricks I gained on the way.
Brushes – Procreate and Photoshop Brushes I used
Over 700 sketches, drawings, and studies on different topics like:
Gesture/Figure Drawing (300+),
Color and Light Studies (50+),
Environment Design, Clothing studies, Facial Expressions, Perspective, etc (150+).
Each sketch and study has a recorded video process.