4 Stages of an Artist
This is an interesting concept regarding how an artist can grow and mature into their individual style.
Stage 1. Realism: Initially the goal is to learn eye-hand coordination. At this beginning stage, the artist transcribes exactly what he sees. Values and lines are transposed with precise control and accuracy.
Yes, those are my sons! I drew them in Drawing 101 when I returned to college in my thirties. Art has been in my life ever since!
Stage 2. Motion: Add the next phase of developing as an artist is to capture movement. One way movement can be illustrated is through ‘line quality’ – the changing characteristics of a line. Picture a thick, heavy line, strong and dynamic. In your mind’s eye, shrink it into a thin and delicate shape. Next, make it wavy. You have just captured the movement of a line.
Notice how the curves and wiggles in my pen and ink Christmas Card drawing has intriguing movement.