I have been going "back to school" in a way, returning to my books and resources to find direction. There are no shortcuts: I've learned that you need to sketch or paint every day to improve your skills.
Here are a few of the resources I have recently discovered that focus on realism:
- Mastering Composition by Ian Roberts
- Classical Drawing Atelier by Juliette Aristides
- Classical Painting Atelier by Juliette Aristides
My primary art education focused on the abstract, and the Elements work (seen above) has been very well received. Abstract uses some of the same foundational principles as does Realism, but I am finding that there are definite skills that I'd like to develop in order for my paintings to speak as clearly as I wish.