I’ve never been an organized person. My folders from highschool were a mess and covered in scribble. My locker was horrendously gros with old food and clothes. And my room was a giant heap of old clothing and video games. I was a C student through my entire academic life. So organization is something I had to teach myself. The reason being is that the more organized I was, the more work I got done. And this wasn’t up for debate; it’s just how I functioned.
I would see people who were well organized completely pass me up. Every artist I strive to be like is someone who is either naturally organized, or someone who forces themselves to be. This can mean anything, it can be someone who is clean, or someone like me, where I lets things get dirty and then do a cleanup once a week. You’ll find all kinds of things you thought lost like chap stick and old papers from the past.
This is one of the original reasons I created the arm-adillo artist pencil case. It was meant to be a tool for organization, so I can always find my pen/pencils. I hated fumbling in my pocket for them. Many times Id end up poking myself on the sharp ends while searching. At times I would also mix things up and lose pens. The artist case made sure I didn’t.
I wanted to optimize my life, starting with my art supplies. I realized this helped me get so much more done. The more organized I got, the more I got done. It requires a level of willpower. Will power is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes over time. I would first start by creating small habits, like cleaning up a little bit every morning, then gradually adding things to the list of responsibilities. One by one until eventually you have a lot momentum going. You are working to create a habit. Eventually it should be by second nature. Small changes can lead to large changes over time. If you mess up, start the cycle over again.
What can you do right now if you are naturally disorganized? Would start immediately by cleaning up your workspace, organized your supplies. And make a list of things you can do. The armadillo makes one part of your life a lot more organized. If you are an artist it’s a bigger part then you think. The artist bag can be purchased at a below. -Thanks
Something I do a lot with friends is I go out to draw in random locations through the city. It’s meant to help us draw from life. We draw people, or buildings or animals. I wanted to talk about the differences of drawing from life as opposed to drawing from a picture. Drawing from life is very similar to training with a weighted vest in physical exercise. It’s harder to draw from life and I feel much more rewarding because you accomplish a harder task. When you are drawing someone who is in constant motion, it tells your brain you only have a certain amount of time to capture the moment, so you tend to remember certain details better. A teacher once told me, drawing from life is 80 percent what you know and 20 percent what you see. You learn how to draw what you are seeing first, study it and then go out to draw it from real life.
One of my prime locations in my city is the zoo. I go there to draw the animals as they are going about their business. If you don’t know what you are looking at its more of a shape exercise that you are doing. You would be are drawing something on a “surfacy” level, the same way you would draw a vase. Learning the internal workings of a person, or animal, can help you draw something much better, especially since most of your subjects will be moving. You wouldn’t have the time to overthink, you have to know some information beforehand. You shold have an artist pencil case near by.
Some things to take into account when drawing a person would be the anatomy, the slight perspective of the body, the proportions of the body and how the joints rotate, overlapping of form, and clothing, etc. That’s not even all you need. When you learn all those on their own, you take that knowledge and use it when you need to think fast. This will give you less things to figure out when you are seeing a moving subject and be able to draw them much easier. So this is really the key to becoming great at drawing from life. I’ve rarely seen people do it without knowing vital information beforehand. Always have an artist bag near.
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Art is around us and a lot of people are engaged in it particularly in the form of drawing and painting; this article is focused on showing the major key to success in art. It’s not so much a secret because it’s hidden but a secret because a lot of people seem to miss or ignore it and also because it does not get enough emphasis which is the purpose of this article- emphasize on this secret.
It is something observed in the beginner and intermediate levels of being an artist but particularly in the intermediate level such that if such people were to make use of this secret, they will move to a higher level or get better at being an artist. With this secret, no matter the object you’re drawing, you get to draw it better.
So time to let the cat out of the bag; the secret is simple and it is you thinking in 3D. This is one thing that will improve your drawing. Let’s look at some examples. For instance, say you’re trying to draw a bug; as you go about it, you’re thinking in 3D while at the same time focusing on the form of the object rather than the actual drawing itself. You allow the 3D thinking to be paramount in your mind and then allow yourself to express it on paper. Basically, you’re thinking it as you’re drawing it and it’s almost like a subconscious action hence the reason why you should focus more on what is going through your mind as you’re drawing rather than the actual diagram.
Another thing you can pick to draw is a cube such that as you draw it, you’re thinking in 3D space and X-ray vision. You’re thinking ‘how will it sit?’ You need to also think of all the angles of the object such that it will look more like ‘it’s sitting there’. So perspective comes into it and then your general framework will be thinking within this 3D form.
One that you can pick again which really comes up a lot is the character form such that after drawing, you feel the character is going to step on the ground and then you draw a floor to match this all in 3D showing where his feet will be but a lot of people don’t do this particularly beginners and it makes it look like the character is floating. You then need to ask yourself if this character can support its own weight such that if it is put in a 3D software or video game, it looks real.
At this point, you might be wondering how you will be able to accomplish this with your mind, well it’s more like a structure that you have in your mind rather than just a mindset. One important thing to keep in mind is to think of other things in the landscape of your drawing and how they will relate with the drawing. This will be particularly useful to those in media as it will definitely improve their drawing and with time, it becomes a part of you and a habit, and at this point, everything gets easier.
So when I need to think fast, I keep my pencils strapped to my sketchbook using the arm-adillo. It is perfectly designed for out and about drawing, for art on the go below. -Thanks
We all have different styles and different backgrounds to drawing and painting. Some people are self-taught, some are trained somewhere. There are a lot of differences, but there are many more similarities in my opinion. There is a base learning level that most professional artists have. And there are ways they go about determining what will push them along. That’s one reason I always recommend having a teacher or mentor, just someone from outside of yourself that could help with advice on what you are too close to see.
1) Identify your weak points – This is something that’s going to be somewhat obvious if you are a beginner. It might be a little bit hard if you are a novice. Again a teacher comes in handy for this. Think of what you draw the least.
2) Targeting weaknesses and training them – Get as many videos or tutorials as you can and digest them. And grab some scrap paper or a sketchbook you don’t cherish and repeatedly draw it until you have a good idea of how to draw it from your mind. Learning the structure of something is the most important part of memorizing it.
3) Schedule – Something that wears on my mind when working on something new, is that I feel like I could be finishing another project. However, scheduling can really make it so you never feel anxious or weird about drawing something you normally don’t.
4) Keep Practicing – It goes without saying that ‘Practice makes Perfect’ and if you really want to get better at art, then it has to be a habit. Make it a part of you almost like a second skin such that the first thing on your mind when you wake up is art and the last thing on your mind before you sleep is art. You will discover that it will get easier with time and even you yourself will be surprised at the rapid progress you’re making.
Every professional goes through this process. The process of breaking down and small chunking things to create large changes. You are going to find out what you need to improve on and immediately find the resources that will help you. These resources might be outside of yourself. Creative people always want to do everything themselves. There are just not enough hours in the day to teach yourself every aspect of the art game. A much more intelligent way would be to optimize your learning and taking the fastest routes there. Resources that will help are the internet, more advanced artists, and outsiders’ opinions. Remember you will be there.
The biggest tool you will have is honesty. Most people are going to lie to themselves and consistently be biased. The most unbiased view will help you improve.
Overall, just keep an open mind such that you’re ready to learn new things as you go forward in your journey to being a better artist; then ensure that you continue to push and you will get to optimize your abilities to any heights you want.
What can you do right now to make everything alot easier? Would start immediately by cleaning up your workspace, organized your supplies. And make a list of things you can do. The armadillo makes one part of your life a lot more organized. If you are an artist it’s a bigger part then you think. The artist bag can be purchased at a below.-Thanks
When you are progressing at anything in any medium there will naturally be phase at which you get stuck in learning. When I started I was improving at a very steady and fast pace. The day I hit my first major plateau was a big disappointment to me. I didn’t know how to react and it nearly crippled my entire art career for some time. Eve thigh I had teachers around me that were telling me what was going on, I still couldn’t shake the feeling that maybe it would never go away.
That plateau lasted for almost a year. I honestly could have gotten over that plague a lot faster if I knew what I knew now. So let me go over it.
1) Take Breaks – I never ever took a single prolonged break when I was first practicing. There are people that argue that, that’s what you should be doing when you first start learning a skill. Put in the mileage enough so that it becomes a habit. That can be great, but having periodic breaks every few hours can give you the breathing room to look and digest what you are doing. Its timed breaks that lets your brain reset and recover. If you are in the gym and working a muscle every day, you won’t give the muscles time to grow and recover much stronger. Don’t keep banging your head against a metal wall because it will not yield positive results but rather it will leave you scarred. Look the brain just sometimes need to be allowed to stop thinking, hence the recommendation for breaks. It could be in form of a walk, a movie, spending time with loved ones or just sitting at the park but whichever you choose, just remember to take rests.
2) Understand that you are Like Everyone Else- I used to see certain students accelerate very quickly in class and go on to be very successful in their career very early. I used to view those people as being somehow different than me inherently. It was an excuse I had set up in my mind in case I failed. I needed to understand that they were the same as me, and there was no excuse for failure. Once I realized if one person could do something, then I knew I was capable of doing it as well. So stop limiting yourself; in fact, if you really want to be successful as an artist, then you need to think of the impossible and dream bigger than yourself. Don’t ever feel you can’t achieve a particular thing; remember, you are the architect of your life and there is no excuse for failure.
3) Having Fun – This was the hardest part for me. I make everything a chore. No matter what I’ve ever done in my life I’ve turned it into work and it’s felt like work. This was something that was very hard for me to overcome and still is sometimes. You have to remember the reason you began drawing. It was to create things from my mind and leisurely have fun with it. I started to bring my ego into the equation and I was drawing to have a good result and not drawing for the sake of drawing itself. Well, you need to learn to enjoy art; that is when you will be able to put more life into what you’re drawing and you will be satisfied. So no matter how hectic your schedule might be, learn to just have fun with art and play around a little because that reduces tension and opens up your mind to new possibilities.
So these are a few things that got me over my plateau in record time. I hope you found these tips helpful. And happy drawing.
What can you do right now if you are naturally disorganized? Would start immediately by cleaning up your workspace, organized your supplies. And make a list of things you can do. The armadillo makes one part of your life a lot more organized. If you are an artist it’s a bigger part then you think. The artist bag can be purchased at a below.-Thanks
When I first started sketching, I would treasure every drawing. I would see everything I drew as supremely important. This can be good, but at the same time it can put far too much pressure on you to produce something every time. This means that sometimes it can be a good thing, but at the same time, can also be supremely depressing. Something that would bother me a lot would be if I filled up a lot of my sketchbook in pencil and a lot of drawing smeared a tiny bit because of the pages pushing against each other. It was inevitable for pages to do that.
SO I started using pen. I started using pen specifically to solve the smearing issue. It wasn’t till after I was using pen for a while that the other benefits became obvious. For one, drawing in pen really made me sharper mentally. As I was drawing something I would control the weight of the strokes so much better because I was unable to erase.
In doing this it also taught my brain that everything I put down was important. So I was much more careful about what I committed to and what I didn’t. This translated into my other mediums. By the time I started working in paint, I noticed a more careful hand.
Fighting the Fear of using Pen
I’ve seen a lot of reluctance to do this. I have a friend that refuses to work with pen because he is extremely afraid of the results he will get. So if this is you, I urge you to get over it. Here are a few things you can do. You don’t have to use your primary sketchbook. You could get a pile of printing paper and start going through that. Another thing you could do is to get a special separate sketchbook to do pen drawing. If you quarantine your pen drawing into a specific book, it’ll alleviate pressure. Another thing you can do is to create a “garbage sketchbook”, which is what I do. I buy a sketchbook specifically to get all my warmups out of the way. It’s essentially a sketchbook where nothing matters in it. That helps me get into the drawing spirit and helps me get my knowledge back to the surface of my fingertips.
Sketching in pen is going to be all about getting out of your comfort zone. If you are an artist it’s almost rare for you to get out of your comfort zone to grow and learn. You won’t get anywhere doing the same old thing. You don’t want to spin your wheels of years only to realize you wasted so much time on the same old thing. So really, it’s time to break the chains of fear and try out something new which is when you will grow and make progress as an artist. Don’t be scared of the unknown because sometimes, the unknown is good as it gives you the drive to strive for more and in the process, discover a new world of reality that you never thought possible. Remember this simple fact: “Nothing ventured; nothing gained!”
So when I need to think fast, I keep my pencils strapped to my sketchbook artist pencil case using the arm-adillo. It is perfectly designed artist bag for out and about drawing, for art on the go below. -Thanks
As an artist that is starting out in the field of art, sometimes it is never easy or straightforward to get into your stride; it’s possible that you might be discouraged or find difficulties expressing yourself in what you’re trying to draw. Well, not to worry, it’s all part of the beginner’s syndrome and once you’re able to make use of the information in this article, then you should be good to go and begin your journey to being a great artist.
A lot of people interested in drawing ask a common question which is quite important and the question is “where do I begin from? I mean where exactly do I start?” The question stems from the fact that there is a lot of tutorials and videos on YouTube on how you should draw or what to draw that it becomes so mind-boggling and overwhelming which only leaves people confused and stranded. People then try to locate a starting point for their journey as an artist but it’s quite simple really; just decide what you want to draw. Determine where your strength lies and let that guide you in making a choice. So decide whether you want to be a portrait artist or maybe a car artist or scenery artist but whatever it is, just make sure it’s something that resonates with you and comes to you naturally.
Now to begin your journey, you need to get a sketchbook rather than making use of sheets of paper that you keep crossing out and then you pile them up in a corner of your room. Don’t do that; a sketchbook is better and cheaper because each time you’re working with it, you will be flipping through previous work and locating one defect or the other which thus provides you with room for improvement. So next thing is to start sketching because you will want to get your dexterity up and improve the control that you have over the instrument that you’re using to draw and even within the muscles in your hand and shoulders. It’s all part of being a beginner and it’s the frequency of sketching that will bring you the needed improvement.
So, definitely at the start, it will be crappy or rough and not too pleasing to the eye but don’t be bothered or dejected but rather continue; try to do your sketching for at least an hour for 5 to 6 days a week and the more you do it, the more you get better at it and the higher your chances of zooming past the beginner stage soon. Next thing is to look up tutorials on that topic or area you have focused on. Now let me point out that a lot of tutorials are crappy and won’t give you what you need which is why you might need to check out a lot of tutorials to get the one that will work for you. To make your search easier particularly on YouTube, just examine the thumbs up to thumbs down ratio and choose the one that works for you. Once you do, just follow the instructions on it and apply it. Basically, just get into it and don’t let the fear in your mind hold you back and even though it might get uncomfortable in the beginning, you will love it as you go along.
So when I need to think fast, I keep my pencils strapped to my sketchbook using the arm-adillo. So check out the pencil case. It is perfectly designed for out and about drawing, for art on the go below. -Thanks
HOW TO GET RID OF SHAKY HANDS
A lot of people are faced with the problem of shaky hands when they are drawing such that while tracing a line, the lines are wiggly or something like that. It only points to one thing which is that you need to draw more regularly and constantly. It’s all a beginner thing actually and all you need is to spend more time drawing so that your dexterity can be improved while also increasing your pen control. It is really a topic that comes up so much among artists that are starting out and it has the potential to stop or discourage such people from moving past the beginner level in the world of drawing.
Basically, this shaking of hands has to do with the level of dexterity in your hands which means it is low and you need to start practicing more. It’s just like when you start running and then you get the shin splits which is when your shin hurts as a result of you running. So, really, it’s a problem that occurs because you’re just starting out as an artist.
In order to get rid of this problem, there are some exercises that you can engage in which will help to improve your dexterity and give you better control. You can start by drawing circles all over the paper of your sketchbook because a lot of the struggling usually occurs when you’re trying to draw an arc or a certain part of the image you have in your head such that there’s probably a curve you want to pull from the arc but becomes difficult. Why? It’s because you are overthinking it and that is happening because you do not pull that curve a lot. This means you lack practice; you need to gain more control and the control is obtained by drawing more. Now, it does not matter what you draw; it could be circle, square or any shape but just make sure you are drawing regularly.
In the process of drawing any of the shapes you choose, try to make it as neat as possible as this will help your progress. You need to draw lines that exude confidence and the confidence only comes when you draw more and also if you know what you are drawing. A confident line will be one drawn without breakage; drawn at once and smooth. Another thing you can do is to have markers or two dots at two different points on your paper and then try to join them with one shot. This will really help your lines to be smooth as time goes on thus helping you to build your confidence.
Another is to just draw like an abstract shape and try to darken it. Then when drawing, try to turn the paper so that it gets convenient for you especially with curves and then do not just use your wrist alone but put your elbow into it. Ease yourself into it and don’t fight your body but basically, just do more and try as much as possible to practice every day. You need a pencil case.
So when I need to think fast, I keep my pencils strapped to my sketchbook using the arm-adillo. So check out the pencil case. It is perfectly designed for out and about drawing, for art on the go below.-Thanks