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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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 –… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »
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… Read More »