Abstract Drawings

 For The Beginner in Easy Steps

Abstract drawings can be an absolute ball of creativeness and more akin to doodling or even scribbling. If you are a beginner and drawing or painting, this is the place to start.



 

So where do you get abstract drawings from to jump-start your creativeness?

Best place is to have a peek at Mother Nature. You will find more nature ideas here than from anywhere else.Okay, to kick off let's clear up one thing. What is the meaning of the word "abstract?" It is not part of our everyday reality of things or it cannot be seen as something representational. You OK with that definition?

Let's look at how nature can help us get our abstract ideas flowing: Here is an image of some trees but the image is upside down so you can't actually "see" it is a tree. In the second image, it has been put through a Photoshop poster filter which reduces all the values from about 10 to 4 – so you can only see 4 values (value meaning the lightness or darkness of a color or tone.)

What is the best way to start your abstract drawing? Thumbnail sketches! By sketching small about 2 inches square, you can get a good "feel" for your abstract design and layout...you balance the white areas with the medium tones and with the black, your darkest tone. This is a much better approach than drawing in full scale. Why? Because you will probably want to make changes—so make them early with less effort in your thumbnail sketches.

Rule of thirds

Even with these small drawings, you must apply the "rule of thirds" which means dividing your picture plane (the 2 inch x 2 inch area you are going to draw in) into thirds as in the drawing here.

Huh? Why do that? You need to draw your viewer's eye into your abstract painting to finally come to rest on one of these 4 points. At one or two of these points, you create the most contrast which will become the focal point in your drawing or painting.

Even with these small drawings, you must apply the "rule of thirds" which means dividing your picture plane (the 2 inch x 2 inch area you are going to draw in) into thirds as in the drawing here.

Huh? Why do that? You need to draw your viewer's eye into your abstract painting to finally come to rest on one of these 4 points. At one or two of these points, you create the most contrast which will become the focal point in your drawing or painting.

If you place a focal point (like a house in a landscape painting for example) the painting will be quite boring by placing things (focal points) dead center really means boring, boring. It is the same as having your sky and foreground exactly halfway in your painting. You will NEVER see any of the old masters paintings or drawings like this. They used the rule of "thirds" and other devices.

To sum up:

  • Make your initial drawings small 2" x 2"
  • Use three values only (white, mid tone and black)
  • Simplify Mother Nature
  • Follow the rule of "thirds"
  • Place your focal point on any one of the 4 points
  • lead your viewer's eyes to your focal point
  • Have passion for your abstract drawing

 



 

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