4 Tips on Finding Your Drawing Style

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arm-adillo-prismacolor-pencil-carry-case-cool-pencil-case-artist-bag-art-supplies-sharkEvery footballer has a favorite technique, every wrestler a unique finishing move and every artist a specific drawing style and as a growing artist with potential, then you should not get left out. Having a drawing style as an artist will help you to harness your skill and get better at drawing but before you can pick out a drawing style for yourself, you must have mastered the basics of drawing; you know, your lines, level of dexterity, pen control and of course hard work and dedication. These are what forms the foundation of being a good artist and it is what you will build on in order to pick out a drawing style.
Style is something that is uniquely you and while there is a common belief that there are new styles to be discovered, in my opinion, I think it’s a misconception because I believe that all the styles have been discovered and artists just need to pick theirs and make the most of it; a lot of people might not agree but like I said, my opinion. Most times, the new styles that come out are just remixes of old styles that have not been around in a long time. Style is something that distinguishes an artist such that once you draw something, people are able to know that it is you at first glance.
So how do you find your style then? Now, I will be giving certain suggestions and while you don’t have to take everything to heart, you will benefit from some of it if not all. Here are the tips:

Try different mediums or new tools- the tool you use for drawing contributes to your style; you can use crayons, ball pen, fountain pen or marker but whichever one you choose, it determines how you pull your stroke and your lines. Just try something new that will spur a measure of creativity and then determine the one that works best for you and stick with it.
Be yourself more- examine yourself and determine what you like maybe like horror movies or comic stories; which kind of characters do you like? Basically, just find the areas that resonate with you and begin to incorporate it into your drawing. Allow yourself to be unique and gradually grow into it while showcasing your personality.
Quality of lines- toy around with the quality of your lines; you could prefer thin lines or thick lines or faded lines but just try it and see so that you can know the one that is your most preferred choice. This can then become your style and you can start carving a niche for yourself in the drawing world.
Structure- the structure you decide to work with is another thing that helps to determine your style. There is the round structure which tends to give a friendly outlook and there is the angular structure which gives an edgy or ‘cool’ outlook.
It’s really a matter of choice but the underlying fact is that you look for things that resonate with you and let that guide you in picking a style.

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Top 5 Mistakes Made by New Artists

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arm-adillo-prismacolor-pencil-carry-case-cool-pencil-case-artist-bag-art-supplies--ana-misty-catAs a new individual at an endeavor or field, it’s normal that you will be faced with some difficulties and this might cause you to make mistakes. Similarly, in the field of drawing, artists that are just starting out tend to make mistakes as well which can actually be avoided if they are well informed about it. It’s logical really; when you know about a place that is dangerous or will cause you to lose your way, the next thing to do is avoid such places right? Same thing that is being discussed here. While there are various mistakes made by new artists, this article will be discussing the top five mistakes that new artists make so that such can be avoided. If new artists are able to learn and avoid these mistakes, then they will be able to learn quicker, faster and better. The mistakes are:

Thinking supplies are everything- in reality, supplies do not matter. This is to say that the caliber of instruments you purchase for drawing is not going to make you a better artist. A lot of people tend to walk into an art store and buy the most expensive instrument or tool they can lay their hands on thinking that it’s a magic wand or something that will aid their cause as an artist but it won’t. What you need to be a better artist is hard work rather than the brand of the tools which are in fact just part of the process to being a better artist.
Wanting to get results immediately- being good at art and drawing is not something you’re born with. It’s all about practice and patience. Just like a kid does not start walking immediately he or she is born, don’t be thrown off balance when the desired result does not come as soon as you expect. So don’t expect to start drawing and be good at it immediately because it will take time.
Ignoring the basics- drawing is work and it is real work. If you want to be a professional artist, it is a ton of work and requires a lot of dedication and commitment. There is a lot of repetition and practice involved but trust me it is fun once you get used to it. I mean, you literarily being able to put something you imagined in your mind down on paper is an amazing feeling and it doesn’t get better than that. So what’s the hard work you ask? The hard work requires knowledge of anatomy, perspective, structure, shading, learning how things move, pivot points, composition etc. You need to learn the basics over and over and drill them again and again in order to make them muscle memory and seamless.
Hardly practicing- this part is practically being lazy. If you fail to practice, do you think you will be great as an artist; remember, practice makes perfect. This means that you need to practice almost every day if your aim is to be a great artist and break the beginner barrier.
Being too hard on yourself- a lot of people get dejected easily at the beginner stage because what they are drawing does not come off easily as they would have loved it to. But you have to stay positive because this is the fun part as every picture you fail at is a step closer to getting better at drawing.
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Taking advice from a Non-Artist

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arm-adillo-prismacolor-pencil-carry-case-cool-pencil-case-artist-bag-art-supplies-1This is a question that has caused a lot of stir and debate among artists and experts in the drawing world with some saying “yes” while others say “no”. In reality, it is subjective but one thing to realize at this point is that while you might be an expert in a particular field, sometimes listening to the opinions of others might actually shed a light on an action you’re carrying out without you realizing it. Listening to the opinions of non-artist is not necessarily saying that you have to take everything they say and act on it. No, it’s just to say that you should not ignore it completely but rather try to give it some thoughts.
Sometimes, you might just ask someone what they think of something, you could be surprised at the answer they will give. Someone may say something like “Well, there’s something that feels wrong about this image or painting. Or I really don’t like this that you drew.” You then begin to wonder why such person does not or what exactly is wrong with the painting? You might even ask the person for their reasons for giving such opinion and it might happen that they may not be able to provide you with a solid answer. So rather than take it harshly, just consider it for a moment and see if the opinion will improve what you’re drawing or not.
One thing you need to understand about this opinion or advice of a thing coming from non-artists is that they are also human beings and like artists they experience life and see things too: the environment, people, events and so on. While it is normal for them to have an outsider’s perspective, don’t expect them to have a tangible reason for their opinion because they do not know how it works. You are the artist, the one that analyses the things you see around you; you’re the one with a creative mindset to see something and think of expressing it on paper in form of images.
So there is really no need to just ‘throw out’ those opinions especially once it is a constructive criticism and even if it’s not, just try to consider it for a moment and mix it up in your brain with an objective outlook before you decide on what to do with it. Now, there will be some opinions that are rendered just to spite you or discourage you and obviously, you don’t need to give thoughts to those one because they want to deter your progress.
Now, obviously, the kind of advice you will get from a practicing artist cannot be compared with the one from a non-artist because such person does not know much about the world of drawing and this is not to say that you can’t get valid advice from such people but do not bank on it. Well, most times, non-artists just speak out their mind without knowledge of your field or any idea how it will apply to what you’re doing; so, hear them out if you can but don’t take their advice hook, line and sinker.

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Am I Too Old to Learn Art?

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Today I am going to talk about a question that I frequently get asked. “Am I too old to learn art?” – Man, I’ve heard it from so many people, so many times. Initially, I used to laugh it off, thinking it was a joke.

But then I realised, people are genuinely asking me. That is why, I have decided to share with you my views on this question. I might add, I’m going to be pretty blunt about it, but I don’t mean to offend anyone.

Is age a factor in learning art?

Let me get straight to the point, and say no. Age is not a factor in learning art. There is no “right” age to start learning any skill. Art is no different. You are never to old to start learning anything.

I know many people say, “I’m too old to learn art”, and “Oh, I’ve passed the age to learn art”, but hey, these are just excuses that we make up ourselves. It might be easier to learn art when you are younger, suppose say in your teens or twenties.

But its definitely not impossible to learn when you are older.

The excuses we make

If you have a look at my YouTube video on this topic, you will see that I talk about how people make mental barriers for themselves. This stops them from learning art, or any other skill, for that matter.

Often, we hear people talk about how they are too old to learn art. This is just an excuse, I think. If you keep telling yourself, you can’t do something, you’ll just create a mental block about doing it. Eventually, you are actually not going to be able to do it.

Age, just a number

We’ve all heard the age old phrase – age is just a number. It is definitely true, in the case of learning art, or any other skill. I believe that older people can easily learn art, and you are never too old for it.

All you need is the determination, and the willingness to learn. That, and the right mentoring. Hey, even my grandma was able to use Instagram. She didn’t even have the technology growing up.

Mental blocks to learning art

When you reach a certain age, you start to think that you have reached the saturation point for learning anything. Older people also become more weary to critisism.

These are the real mental weights that people face, that makes them think they are too old for learning how to draw. People genuinely start to believe that they can’t do something. It’s crazy!

Share your views

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Can anyone learn art?

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Today I would like to talk to you about something that I have been asked a lot by people. “Can anyone learn to draw?” – I have been faced with this question many times, from friends and family, and even subscribers to my YouTube channel.

One other question, that I get asked often is whether any age is too old to learn art. But, we will talk about that at another time.

A debate that was not even funny

Once when I was watching Family Feud, one of the answers for “an ability you are born with”, included drawing. This made me think a lot. There are people who actually believe that drawing is a talent that one is born with.

I disagree wholeheartedly to this notion. In fact, I’ve even had pretty heated debates with friends about this. I strongly believe that anyone can learn art. There are defined steps that can help you get there.

Talent Vs Learning

I learned art, pretty late into my life. I was around 17 or 18 years old, when I enrolled at the Arts Center. People tell me that I always had the knack for art, because I was into video games and graphic novels.

But, I don’t believe this to be true. If you look at the childhood drawings of the professional artists around you, you will see that they aren’t that great either. In fact, when I saw the drawings I made, when I first started out, seemed as if I was drawing with my feet!

In fact, they were so bad, that I actually threw them all out. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t done that. Then I could have shown you guys the difference between my drawing from then and now.

A technical skill

Anyway, getting back to the point. Drawing is like any other technical skill. You need to learn how to get better. It’s surprising how people dismiss their ability to draw, thinking they are not born with that talent.

But, ask any professional artist, and they will tell you that, at some point in their lives, they decided to learn to draw. Many artists, including Hollywood celebrities, have gone on record stating that having rules and guidelines limit your scope to learn. This is absolutely not true!

I think that having rules, can actually help you grow as an artist. It gives you the guidance you need to develop your skills. I have never seen a child drawing and thought, “Wow, that is absolutely life-like!”

Developed over the years

Learning to draw, is a skill that needs years of observation, and understanding the rules of proportion and perspective. You can have a better eye for the details, but anyone can learn how to draw, with the right set of rules and guidelines.

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Can anyone learn to draw?

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14-armadillo_cool-artist-bag-art-artist-pencil-case-art-suppliesHow long will it take to get good?

Hey Guys! It’s me Enrique.There’s one question that a lot, and I mean a LOT, of my followers keep asking me. It is “How long will it take to be good at art?”. So, today I’m going to talk to you guys about how long it took me. I can’t really say that it’s the same for everyone, but I’m going to talk about my experience.

I discussed this topic a few years back as well, but, I thought I’ll give it another go. There’s a video on the same topic in my YouTube channel – Easy Things to Draw 101. You can check it out here. I think this one’s a lot better than the one I did earlier.

So, how long does it take?

I started art school when I was eighteen. And it took me about two years to get good at art. I have mentioned it before, in another topic, that I never drew as a kid. It’s not as if I had any former training from my childhood. I started drawing from age eighteen.

Why it took me so less time

When people see my art from when I began, and when I draw now, they can’t believe I got good at art so quickly. Many of my friends told me it’s because I was always inclined towards art. But I dont think that’s true. I think it’s because I really worked towards getting good.

Practice makes perfect

The difference between someone who practices, and someone who doesn’t is very evident in their work. I think, if you want to get good at art, you need to practice, at least five times a week. That’s what I do. I practiced, and practiced, till I got good.

One of my friends has been learning to draw since about four years now. She only practices once a week, like a hobby. That’s why she hasn’t got as good yet.

Factors that made me get good at art

One thing that I always tell people who ask me how long does it take to get good at art, is that there are several factors to consider. I was at a school, learning how to draw. I had time, I had mentors, I had no jobs to worry about.

All I did was draw. There was no academia, no other subjects to preoccupy me. I had zero social life, no distractions, and then it took me two years. And I’m a pretty slow learner. In my opinion, if you are training to draw, it should take you about two to three years to get good.

How to get good at art?

If you really want to get good at art, you need to dedicate your time to pursuing your goal. Watch online tutorials, videos, and read about art. I believe that you can get good at art in about three to fours years.

What do you guys think? How long do you think it takes to get good at art? Let me know in the comments section of my video. I’d love to hear from you.

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