Want To Take Up Drawing? Here’s How To Start
Not everyone knows how to draw. Contrary to what some people think, people aren’t born with drawing skills. But the good news is, it can be learned. Yes, some can learn it fast but, even with slow progress, you can still master it. And here are some tips on how you can do it too.
One of the first (and obvious!) things to do is to draw. This will help you hone your skills more.
For starters, pick an object to draw. Then find samples of it. This will guide you on how you should combine shapes and strokes to form an image.
For this step, many people often just pick any item for reference without considering the level of its difficulty. Hence, they tend to feel overwhelmed and frustrated as their reference might be a bit more advanced than their skills.
To prevent it from happening to you, it would be much better to start with a simple reference first. Then, try to master it. Once you’ve learned it, only then should you move to a more difficult subject.
Drawing is like mathematics, you have to build a good foundation first before you could move on to the next lesson. This way, you won’t feel overwhelmed and you have enough basic skills to use for working on a more complicated one.
Observation is one that will help you improve your drawing. With this, you’ll be able to see how other artists drew a certain subject. This will also help you find other styles and tricks that will help improve your drawings.
One of the things you can do that is by observing other people’s drawings. Go on a museum or check out other artists’ works even online. Try to take a closer look at the details of their artworks as this will tell you how they shaped their subjects and how they came up with their artwork.
If you want a more modern solution, you can simply watch a video online. Videos will help you learn how to draw subjects step by step. This way, you won’t have to play a guessing game, trying to figure out how the artist drew their works.
Additionally, you can take a look at step-by-step tutorials in still images. This will also help you build an image in your mind and understand how subjects are drawn.
Keep a Sketchbook
Many beginners overlook the importance of keeping a sketchbook. But, if you really want to learn, you should keep one. This will help you track your progress. It will show you where else you need to work on and how you can do that.
Keeping a sketchbook will also help you feel more inspired. Yes, your first drawings may not look perfect but when you take a look at them after progressing over the years, you’ll see ho you’ve improved. And in case there come a time when you don’t feel inspired, this will show you why you should keep going.
Don’t Sweat the Details
Have you ever stared at your drawing for too long, trying to find an error or awkward angles, and eventually realizing that your drawing seems to look odd? That’s probably because you’re paying to much attention to its details.
There’s nothing wrong with being a detail-oriented person in some situations. But if you’ll merely keep on trying to look at your drawing’s imperfections even when you’re still a beginner, it will only make you focus on the negative sides of your work. You’ll likely lose interest and will not appreciate your work.
Sometimes, you also need to draw fearlessly. Don’t worry too much about the details, especially if you’re still working on your progress.
As cliche as it may sound, but, as they say, practice makes perfect. Don’t worry too much if your lines are still a bit wobbly or if your drawing seems a bit odd. If you’ll never stop practice, you will be able to perfect the details in your drawings as your hands get used to them over time.
Try to draw one simple image at a time. Eventually, your hands will grow more familiar to different strokes and styles when drawing. This will also enhance your visual analysis of things, as well as your hand and eye coordination, which will help you draw other types of subjects. So, practice as much as you can.
Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn and improve. So, if you’re planning to take up drawing, even without any experience, don’t lose hope. You will get better in time.