Hi everyone. Long time, no news!
Some of you may have been following me on my Dan Johnson Illustration page on Facebook, where I’ve been posting life drawings and occasional portrait sketches.
Other than that, I’ve really begun to move away from caricature, and more toward straight portraiture. I still like caricature art, and some of my favourite artists are caricaturists, but it’s not my main focus now. That’s not to say that I might not still draw some caricatures or incorporate caricature into some of my paintings however.
Anyway, what I’ve also come to realise is that due to my lack of formal art training, I often get frustrated with not being able to paint a picture exactly how I want it to look. Some people say this is just me being a perfectionist, but I know that I have plenty of room for improvement, so I’ve been focusing on learning the fundamentals of drawing and painting.
That involves plenty of life drawing, sketch painting, study of anatomy, and general drawing and painting practice. I’ve been learning from several books, including classical drawing and painting atelier books. These emphasise the classical atelier approach to learning to draw and paint, which again includes life drawing, drawings of cast statues, master copies, and portraits.
I decided that as I learn, it might be helpful (to myself and others), to document what I’m learning, and make this information available online, so I have set up a website where I will publish regular free art lessons (learn-art-online.com)
I’ve already published a few lessons, step-by-step guides, and general thoughts on learning art, and I’ve started videoing myself drawing and painting, so that you can see the process as it happens.
So if you’re interested in following me on my journey to becoming a better artist, and fancy learning a bit along the way, then head over to learn-art-online.com and leave a comment to let me know what you think and what you’d like to see more of. And if you like it, please share it on Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon etc. and tell your friends.
This site will be reserved for any finished artwork I produce, so I probably won’t post on this blog again for a while. If you want to keep up to date, subscribe to the feed on learn-art-online.com