Always being around students and teaching; there's something I've started to notice. I'm able to see which students push and have the strong desire to get better
and ones that draw with their mouth. I've stopped wasting time on the ones that draw with their mouth.
Most beginner students give up too easy. I see more potential in them then more advanced artists I draw with. There are some of my friends I stopped
calling out because I came to realize that they just kinda want to get better. ( I also don't want their attitude rubbing off on me.) They say they want to get better but it's clear that they just "kinda" want to get better. One guy asks a lot ," What are you working on? " As soon as I answer with explanation he always responds with, " Man I should be working on that." Then does nothing. Actually that's not true, he tells students the stuff I told him like he had figured it out. I don't mind because one day, students are gonna call him out on it and when he can;t execute, that's his problem. I'm sorry this to me is lazy " bullshit " thinking. I used to answer with ," Well then work on it." Now I don't even bother. I see hungry students are catching up to his level. Maybe they might not have the motor skills just yet but they more or less have the understanding.
" Knowing is not enough; one must do. " - Bruce Lee
When you see awesome art and you're not at that level. Don't feel bad because you're not there yet. Don't assume you can't do it. I hear this a lot. Get mad and excited. Find teachers who can break it down for you. Make attempts to break it down yourself, you maybe able to see things others can't see. It may not be there but through that observation you may go down a different path that makes you better. Do master copies. Figure it out. I promise it's not gonna be as complicated as you think. It's usually a very simple idea that's been well executed.
Don't listen to instructors that try and make drawing knowledge sound esoteric and more or less confuse you. I'm convinced that ALL drawing ideas are easy
to comprehend; they're just really difficult to execute. That's where mileage becomes key. Some instructors that don't understand ideas will give you artsy
fartsy answers to your questions. A lot of times this will confuse you even more and leave you feeling a little stupid. If you have teachers like this, keep asking
questions and demand a clear answer. Gesture is a good one. I remember early in my drawing studies and instructor asked me," What is gesture? " I gave him
the artsy answers that most teachers gave me up until then; life line of the pose, action line, the story, etc.... ( Still not really knowing what gesture was, just kinda knowing ) He responded with ," Okay. Those are all correct but if I told you that the life line of your pose is wrong, or the story of your pose is wrong; can you fix it? Does it even make any sense? " Me: No. Instructor: Exactly. Gesture simply means connections and relationships. There's a lot of fancy words for it but that's basically it. How does this shape relate to this shape? How does this form connect to another form?
After that he continued to critique my drawings and I learned so much that day.
Stay hungry and you'll always be improving. You get as good as the amount of effort you put in. Go all out; especially when you're in school. Karl Gnass once told me that in order to call yourself a decent artist, it takes roughly 5 years. 5 years of diligent drawing and painting. Basically when you graduate, you've just scratched the surface. After that it's up to you get even better and master your craft.