methods of expanding and improving ones abilities by practice, mainly outside relevant educational systems.

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What are the benefits of making gesture drawings?

As far as I know, most art schools have exercises or even whole classes focusing on making gesture drawings. But actually, Im wondering, why bother with it? While it probably has some merits, but ...
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How can I get a mentor currently, as a student?

I'm currently a student at an art school, however I know I lack a large amount of experience to even be considered a graphic designer. I don't think I have the portfolio/experience yet to do ...
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Figure drawing - transitioning between “draw from reference” and “draw from imagination”?

When I draw human figures from reference, my drawing looks wrong but I can see what went wrong and (hopefully) correct it by looking at the reference. However, when I draw human figures from ...
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How to improve angle and proportion perception?

Im having a bit of a problem with my perception of angles and proportions. While I compare some elements of my drawing to each other, they seem to be fine. In a portrait, say, the browridge seems to ...
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What is a “visual library” and how to work on it?

Reading through concept art forums, Ive met an opinion, that one of the most important things for a concept artist is to have a vast visual library. Out of the context of that opinion I take that this ...
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What are the fundamentals of human figure drawing? How to improve in each of them?

I'm trying to break down what skills I need to develop to draw a realistic human figure. At the moment I got: Gesture I have no good idea on how to exercise this, I mean, I have no good way to know ...
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How to study anatomy as an artist?

I am painfully aware that nearly all my paintings and drawings seriously lack in terms of proper anatomy. The figures ofen look unnatural, twisted, deformed etc. More advanced colleagues told me I ...
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How to become really good in graphic design from being average?

I have seen many designer's work (logos, websites, brochures, animations, infographics, business cards, scenery, illustrations). Most are average but some stand out. Their work just takes you. You ...
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Skillsets specific for concept artists

I simply love the idea of making concept art, and Id like to know, what skillsets are most important for someone who is trying to find a job in the industry or do some freelance work. Whats most ...
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How can I find a mentor to critique my work?

I'm a self-learning graphic designer. I work with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and I thought I was doing fine until I got this big shock at work. I've been working for a year at some web design ...
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How do I illustrate a somewhat simple human figure?

I want to make similar videos like these guys. I therefore have to draw some stickman and make them animate somehow. My Questions: How to draw stickmen. No, really, how? What to watch out for ...
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How to challenge yourself as a designer

[History] How does one challenge oneself in design? Any ideas for creating problems in order to solve them, as described here and in other random places around this site? [Edit] This user needs both ...
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how to think of a great design [duplicate]

I'm 16, from India and I really want to be a web/graphic designer.I'm good with coding, Illustrator, Photoshop etc. Problem is, I only KNOW how to do stuff, like, I see a design and I can confidently ...
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Some ideas to improve my skill in 3ds max modeling

I'm a beginner in 3DS Max and I want to start/improve my modelling skill!!! Any ideas for some objects that are both easy and use many modifier and technics? Thanks and have a good day!
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How to stack images in photoshop side by side in a grid? (Automation, Batching)

How to stack images in photoshop side by side in a grid? In a automated process? I'm going to have a grid of 3 x 7 (total 21) logos for a website? Alternatively I could make images seperately and ...