Yeah, you get to learn new words like “Atelier.” That is such a cool word, especially when you learn how to pronounce it correctly. Loosely translated it means to learn art in a studio environment under a master artist. But, you also learn words like Value, Edge and Shape. You learn that laying down the correct value with proper transitions and treating your edges correctly are crucial to communicating the shape of an object.
Well, truth be told, your hands don’t remember how to do those things forever if you don’t practice. So sometimes you have to go backwards to move forward. Which means doing drills that teach your muscles how to do it again, but, better. Like creating value gradients and drawing shape after shape after shape. And so I do.