Today I tried something new. I found photos of purdy ladies and instead of trying to copy the bodies as well as I can, I tried to stylise them. Downplay parts I don't like, and exagerrate the parts I find appealing.
For a long time I felt there is something wrong in the way I study. Some sort of fundamental flaw that I couldn't put my finger on. Most of you will think I am just overly sensitive and I should stop "being too hard on myself", but I really felt there is something off. Today I think I realised what it is.
Style I want to draw in is "stylised realism". It's basically realistic style with intentional distortions to make it look more appealing. I always designed my studies to learn how human body works, to be able to recreate it as realistically from memory. Unfortunately it's impossible to do (at least for me). Human body is too complex to just draw from memory in a realistic way. What I get in the end isn't stylised realism, but flawed realism.
What does it mean? I need to practice stylising the bodies I draw. I did that with faces. Many times I thought to myself "Ok you are never gonna draw realistic faces. How do you make them look appealing despite that?". Somehow I never really did that with any other body part. I just did photo studies and figured that it's gonna look good when I draw it from imagination later.
Starting today, I am gonna try to address this problem.
Crazy art rant over.