I have to say that I’m one lucky guy. I keep meeting these incredible students, their raw natural talent is awesome. Their work ethic is certainly over the top in some cases. Jun is certainly one of those cases. Not only does she have a natural ability to draw, her work ethic is incredible.
Jun is super young. She is in her first year of college and boy o boy has she sprinted out of the gate. I’ve really been impressed with Jun. She is an easy going quiet gal who puts her head down and cranks through each exercise in class. She also cranks right through the homework always going that very long extra mile.
Now Jun knows that she is just getting started. She certainly has a lot to learn. She always asks me how to improve. Right now she just has to keep doing what she has been doing, putting in the pencil time. Working on the exercises taught in class.
However on her own time Jun has to study more anatomy. She also has to study more about form. Plus she needs to understand the patterns and rhythm of the body.
However let me tell you, there were no students like Jun when I was a freshman in college. She is really kicking some serious butt. I would have loved to be in this class back when I was eighteen years old. Of course my fragile little Italian ego would have been beaten up a bit. But man I would have learned so much just hanging around Jun. I can certainly say her work ethic would have rubbed off on me the most.
I ask my students all the time about their dream job. It’s a super important question. It’s sets you up for clear thinking in terms of which direction you should take your practice.
Jun wants to be a character designer for video games. I’m pretty confident in saying that’s exactly what she will be.
My favorite Jun quote, “I don’t like to go out and party, I like to stay inside and draw in my sketchbook all night”. Unstoppable focus comes into my mind.
Now get out there and draw. Don’t be perfect, just draw.
Nope Jun doesn’t have a Tumblr, Deviant account nor Instagram. She says she is too lazy to update that stuff. I’d say she is right on track to conquer the world.
Jun draws completely from her memory for some drawings in her sketchbook. For others she uses photo reference for inspiration as well as to copy. She also draws a lot from life . Jun uses Prismacolor Col-erase pencils as well as HB mechanical pencils.
Well done, Jun. 😉 I wish I had the same strict work ethic that you do. Frankly, I’ve been drawing for endless years and years; even for decades long…and, still none of my drawings seems to have improved. Why? I guess, mainly because I like to draw fast, working purely from ‘imagination’ alone; by merely just guessing where form goes; as opposed to actually knuckling down and studying from ‘reality’ more; then, I’m sure, my drawings might have improved. My only excuse is ADD/Attention Deficit Disorder; but, that may just be an excuse…as I’m also extremely lazy, indeed; and, therefore, studying I find to be really hard. Still it’s nice to see others showing you ‘how it should have been done’. GOOD LUCK, and, keep drawing… 😉
Matt, you say here and you said it in the past too, in other clips, that students shouldn’t draw on both size of the paper. Always wondered why you insist on that, it seems to me like an awful waste of good drawing paper. 50% of the sketchbook, actually.
Mainly because they carry their sketchbooks everywhere. When they walk with their sketchbooks the pages rub against each other. Which almost always smudges some really beautiful drawings against one another.
Wow the amount of effort spent is something to be appreciated.
When I sketch humans, I often face difficulties in getting the proportions right.
Matt you said that “Practice is the key to success. So all you need to know is that Practice Makes Perfect”
What I’m curious to know is that where do you start Practicing, and when do you know you’ve practiced enough?