Is it bad to try and study, understand various subjects at a time?
For example, in the past few months i have been drawing the figure and only the figure. I think it is easier to study one subject at a time, is this true?
Or can i draw the figure and animals and cars at the same time, like one day i study the figure, the other animals...Does this affect my progression on getting a good visual memory?
What are your experiences in this matter?
It's up to you if you want to do them together or separately, but it is important to study different subjects.
I find it's hard to memorize details, which is why initially Bridgeman's book hit me like a brick right in the face. Loomis isn't like that as much, his books are more like reference pages where you have to absorb a lot of information in order to make use of it. But it's still an overload of information that might not all make sense from the beginning.
As far as "learning to draw," I feel it's less about memorizing and more about learning how to put things together, and how to solve problems. You also learn drawing by drawing. Certainly you need memorization to internalize anatomies, but memorization without the understanding is pretty useless.
So I would say you have to seek understanding during your study, and then what it is you're memorizing will be of more use to you--and it will be much easier to absorb.
I don't understand visual memory very well. I donīt know the potential of it.. because i didn't have any for a long time. Now that i have a little bit of it i was faced with the fact that it might be more productive to study one at a time because like in drawing you have to start studying pencil drawing and next you go and study color (usually it's the best thing to do, or so they say).
The brain has it's limitations, and i was wandering what have worked best for you.
Will there be interferences? Or the brain can handle it?
EDIT: didin't saw your post p sage.
I know that you need to understand first. But after understanding if you want to really do a nice study from imagination you need your memory to back you up.
Look at and draw a lot of stuff. You're going to remember what interests you automatically, don't doubt that. All the stuff going into you head will be amalgamated in your imagination, it will combine in ways you can't predict. You'll see possibilities you wouldn't see otherwise.
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