For the last lord knows how long, I have developed this rather nasty habit of spending up to half an hour each morning frittering away time on the internet. Religiously Checking X, Y or Z before doing anything creative or productive. A lot of high performing creatives, whose game I truly aspire to, talk frequently about the value of a mindful approach to both time management and investment. Evaluating my own habits, I really wanted to kick this, often mood altering, time sink to the curb so I decided to replace it with a bit of reading. In particular - Art Theory.
This morning I finished “The science & Practice of Drawing” by Harold Speed, after having chomped through “Oil Painting techniques and Materials” and I have to say, I highly recommend them! I feel like I have learnt so much from them. When I originally ordered them, I was expecting much more in the way of an instructional format, as is often the case with any book on method and application but these books offer a much more in depth and wordy analysis than I have ever come across before. Every time I put It down, the fire beneath my creative ass was lit! I have not been so inspired to study for a long, long time.
As I said, I cannot recommend these books to artists enough! Even if you work primarily digitally, there is a lot to be gained from giving these a go!