Do you need to be a master in perspective to do figure drawing?
2:24 AM, Saturday January 7th 2023
'Bout to start the 250 cylinder challenge and i wanted to get philosophical, because i always had this question over my head.
Do you need to be a master in perspective to do figure drawing? How much knowledge in perspective should you have before learning to draw the human figure?
Obviously, i know that you don't need to know how to do a complex piece of machinery in order to draw the figure, but whenever i want to start learning figure drawing i always have the feeling that my understanding of the figure will always be limited by my perspective skills and if thats the case why not being a master in perspective before learning the human figure?
And its not only that feeling, but if you are not good at perspective by the time you reach figure drawing, then when will you be good at it? I mean figure drawing is an extensive subject on its own with things like gesture, anatomy, dynamic poses, etc, so you would be devoting all your time to study these subjects and so then when would you even have the time to go back and be good at perspective? at what point do you even say "you know what, i think my perspective skills ain't doing it, i think i will go back" how is that a viable way to learn?
This is why learning figure drawing before being a master in perspective feels counter-intuitive to me because i feel like your progression in figure would always be limited by your perspective skills, because if you do decide to learn figure before being good at perspective, you would have to go back to learn perspective creating a messy situation where you are stopping your progression halfway across both subjects.
So this goes back to the same question from the beginning, do you need to be a master in perspective to do figure drawing? How much knowledge in perspective should you have before learning to draw the human figure?
Is there something here that im not understanding? maybe its my way of thinking that its wrong.
What are your thoughts?