Learn How To Draw Creatively
Some Basic Steps and Drawing Exercises Below
Learning how to draw is a rewarding activity that can be started at any stage of life. The Great Masters began their artwork studies at various ages, so don't think you have been left behind and it's too late to begin if you are approaching 89 years of age!.
Art is an inward expression to translate feeling and emotions into color, texture and shapes. For many artists, this freedom of expression has a cathartic quality to spill out what has been bottled up inside them and translate those complicated emotions into a thing of beauty to look at.
The essence of art is to communicate thoughts and ideas from life drawing reality to thought provoking abstracts. The eye of the artist is quick to pick up project topics to move and affect the viewing audience.
Some pieces of art will make you laugh, cry or cause you to reflect inwardly on a social issue. Since there is no right or wrong when it comes to drawing, it's important to be yourself and let your imagination run wild.
The foundation for sound drawing skills comes from three basic principles in art class. The inductive (beginning) approach to drawing translates the specific image to a general one and the deductive approach puts things in reverse. The third method for drawing is a combination of inductive and deductive for a well rounded and free thinking approach to all forms of drawing.
When attempting your first drawing, there are a few simple rules to keep your project in focus and your visual concept on track. Although there is no right and wrong when it comes to your creations, you may wish to emphasize a certain aspect of your drawing and that will come down to the shape and size of the canvas images. For instance, if you are depicting a wishing well set in a field, you must put the flower field in perspective and bring the image of the wishing well to the foreground.
As you are learning how to draw, take time to stand back to observe and critique your work.
This self-evaluation can super charge you with ideas and allow your hand to draw with the whole picture in mind rather than short and uncertain lines leading you around in circles.
Your art skills will improve for the rest of your life if you practice and dedicate yourself to do your best. Talent in art takes a backseat to practice, so work hard at your craft and watch your artistic skills soar to the moon. The more you draw, the more your finger, hand and arm muscles will remember their dexterity and the better they will perform with time. No matter what your age and no matter what others have told you, your creative skills are ripe for the picking if you will take the time to develop the artist within you.
Learning how to draw can be a lot of fun so—take the plunge, get out your sketchbook and pencil and follow along with these tutorials on this page where you will find a myriad of things to draw.
Start with these simple exercises below.
Drawing with a pencil is really a personal medium and there are many varieties of lead pencils you can get.
Pencils come in degrees of hardness from 2H (the hardest) to 8B (the softest.) Start off with an HB and 2B for best initial results.
An important point here is to always keep your pencils sharp—the softer pencils go blunt very quickly.
Get a ring-bound sketch pad, about 9 x 12 inches, with a fairly smooth texture. Drawing paper come in a variety of textures which we can chat about later. Why a sketch pad? It keeps your drawings in sequence as you progress—and you can date each one to see the progress you are making.
You will need a simple masonite or formica to rest your pad or paper on.
Get yourself a vinyl eraser as it will not smudge your lines or damage your paper.
Keep your drawing clean
It is easy to smudge your drawing. If you find it difficult to keep your hand of your paper with the resulting smudges, use a "maulstick" which is a stick about 16 inches long with a sponge at one end to rest the stick on. You can also use copy paper to prevent smudging.
Your Working Area
If you have a small easel, great! If not, improvise with resting your board against a table or counter top. Keep the board at about a 45 degree angle—try and not draw with your board completely flat, it is a bad habit to get out of.
This will show you the best ways of holding your pencil.
Get started with these exercises: see the images below? Using either your HB or 2B pencil, practice each one and notice the angle of your wrist in each one. There are wrist movements you do not usually use and may feel a little awkward at times.
The bottom two on the right are "value" sketches which you will be using a lot in your drawings. The lighter box should be a middle gray and the other almost black.
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