Hey there! I've taken art classes & every week my teacher made us draw Greek statues, with each week growing in difficulty. I love drawing statues but I was wondering what the benefits of drawing greek statues are? Is it because of their intense detail with regard to anatomy? Sorry if this is a stupid question. I just want to get better at anatomy & I want to make it more fun instead of just doing figure drawing studies and studying muscles and skulls and things of the sort, haha. Thank you! =D
Not a stupid question at all! I once had to do a contour line drawing assignment and I thought it was pointless because all I wanted to draw was anime .. haa.. But I was too inexperienced at the time to see that the point was to learn the form of an object (in this case, through the combination of lines), much like the purpose of drawing from the plaster casts/statues. From what I can tell, because the statues from antiquity have such a masterful canon that governed proportions and form, artists can learn from what is considered the best in anatomy and to also gain a sense of what is beautiful, because in my experience, that is something that must be learned as well, surprisingly enough. And there is also learning lighting and tones; I’m guessing your teacher also incorporates strong lighting for the casts? You can learn the way lighting plays on different forms, hard, soft, and so on.
I read somewhere that your artwork is an average of all the other artworks that have influenced you, purposefully or otherwise, so assuming that’s the case, it’s more beneficial to surround yourself with the what is best (in technique), rather than anything sub par.
I find that drawing what I want but also adding in things that will help me learn, like adding in stuff I’m weak at for the sake getting better, makes the learning process more fun. When I draw what I want, it’s always more enjoyable for me. In practice, I’ve come to realize that having good technique by itself or having a good idea alone is not enough, i.e. you could have a really nice drawing of a body but it’d be unexciting, or you could have a good idea but technical skills are lacking and then that would distract the viewer away from your idea. It’s best to have a good balance between the two. And don’t worry, it gets less boring the more you learn! I hope I was informational!