Improving Your Drawing Skills

by Enid Selina
(Soweto SA)

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh

I guess most artists would love to create drawings or sketches that are creeping up to professional standards. Are you one of them?

Some of us are only part-time amateurs and do not have the time to practice drawing skills. As long as we get a good likeness for a portrait of Mother-in-law or the pet dog, it does not matter.

Some of us though make a living with our drawings so we have to produce better and better art. This does mean practicing every day to improve our standards which can get a bit boring.

If you are feeling bored or have a blank mind on what to draw when we get into the "practice" mode, it's best to go down to the local coffee shop and chat with a few people - like Vincent van Gogh used to do -- although I do not think he got bored at all. He was very much in tune with everything around him.

Check the vibrancy in his brush strokes when he was painting at all times of the day and even at night. If you've not seen his early drawings it is worth studying how dynamic his line drawings are - and in most of his oil paintings.

I've said many times in tutorials, go and study the old masters' drawings to make your artwork more dynamic.

Enid Selina
Soweto SA

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Aug 28, 2017
by: Anonymous

I sometimes pick up my sketch pad and start drawing without even thinking about what I am doing. I suppose we can call it a "senior moment". Anyway, when I do it, I have no real plan or objective - I just want to draw. Back in my younger days, I would have doodled around with it for a few minutes, then scrapped it. I can't afford to waste the paper now, so when I started drawing again recently, I set a new rule for myself. DON'T GIVE UP - SEE IT THROUGH TO COMPLETION. Make every sheet of paper count, is my motto. I just let myself go with it and in most cases, I produce an interesting finished product. I have only wasted a few sheets of sketch pad paper since I started drawing again in December of 2016. As for the finished drawings, I keep them all in several big three ring binders, encased in document protectors. I have produced over 500 drawings. Are they worth anything to anyone? No. But they mean a lot to me and each one of them has a story behind it. Eccentric? Yes. But I am old and I can get away with it. Have a blessed day.

Jul 03, 2017
Thanks for the Article Selina
by: Jonathon

Yes, we all get a blank mind at some time or another. Then, as you say, go downtown and get a latte and chat with a few people!

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