10 tips to drawing for begineers
Surely at some point in your life you had to draw and the result was not exactly a work of art. From that day on, there are two possible outcomes: you gave up, believing that drawing was not "your thing" or, on the contrary, you got excited to keep exploring and learning a little more about drawing.
We believe that drawing is for everyone! That is why, through this article, we will show you 10 tips that will help you lose your fear of drawing. This way, you will start to shape everything you have in your mind.
- Focus on the fact that you can
Have you ever had thoughts like "drawing is not my thing" or "I'm not good at it"? If these myths surround your mind concerning drawing, forget about them, it's up to you and the effort you put into it.
Set a goal and clarify your motivations for drawing; whether it's for fun, a hobby or because you want to be a professional cartoonist. Whatever your reason, it is valid.
- Think like a child
Children do everything they can think of and are not afraid of making mistakes, that's the magic they have. By thinking like a child, you won't be afraid of scratching the white sheet either. Draw everything you see, capture any figure or work that comes to mind. There's a reason why you should start!
- Start with the sketches
Now that you've established your goals for drawing, let's grab the pencil and get started. Many drawing experts recommend starting with sketches, this will improve your relationship with pencil and paper.
Start scratching that blank sheet of paper which - being empty - produces a bit of panic. The idea is that you begin to capture everything you can think of; be it lines or geometric figures.
A tip that will help you a lot in this process of sketching is to draw faces, hands, animals (or whatever you can think of) with geometric figures. The composition with figures will improve the quality of your work.
- Use your vision as the best resource.
Being very visual will help you keep in mind everything you want to express. Stare at what you want to reflect on the paper and your brain will be clearer about the shapes and lines that you will have to draw, to accomplish your painting.
- Draw everything you can think of
A pencil and a small notebook should become your best friends: on the bus, in the subway, at the office or wherever you go. If you want to improve and be a good drawer, portray everything you see and draw attention to yourself. With this technique, we do not guarantee that you will become Davinci, even so, surely this great artist began by painting everything that crossed his mind.
If possible, add a story to all your creations, because all paintings hide something that makes them more interesting.
- Observe your references in painting and drawing
On platforms such as YouTube and many blogs that circulate on the web, there are different techniques and tutorials for making certain illustrations. If you have a reference in this art, you can find researches on the methods that it uses for its works.
In the case that you don't have an artist that inspires you, also there are many cartoonists that share their methods on the internet. That will help you for sure!
With this, you will not only learn about how they draw but also how they reflect their thoughts or ideas in a painting. Remember that observation is vital in this process.
- Don't throw away your drawings
If possible, keep all your drawings. All of them are works of art and a folder with the compilation of your creative process will always be a great support because, like all processes, there is always a before and after.
When you look at your beginnings and compare them with the products you've been working on up to now, the difference you'll find will be a lot. Moreover, all those traces of your beginnings, also allow you to compare the mistakes you made in the past and not fall back into them. The timeline of your creative process will motivate you to continue.
- Experiment with different materials and perspectives
There are many materials available for painting. It doesn't always have to be white paper and a pencil. You can put your ideas on glass with graphic markers, the walls (preferably in your bedroom) and other spaces where you have the freedom to scratch.
Perspectives and angles can also be changed. If you have a drawing in your mind that is small, make it big. And if it's big, do it in small dimensions.
- Don't force a style on yourself
To start drawing, you don't have to have your own style. Starting out on this path, it is not necessary to have one, rather let the styles come to you and gradually your creations will follow the same line... and why not? You can make yours as a new trend.
- Think about practice, not skills
They say that practice outweighs talent. A person can have all the potential and skills to be a great writer or be the best footballer, but if he or she doesn't put their knowledge into practice, it won't work. Remember that talent develops with experience.
- Enjoy the creative process
We're not going to lie to you: you're going to make a lot of mistakes. Our culture has taught us that mistakes are bad things, but as our grandparents and even some songs say, you learn from your mistakes!
Mistakes will always be an opportunity for improvement, look for people close to you and show them your works of art, because a second look will open your mind more and give you opportunities for improvement.
Do like the children, enjoy the magic of coloring and drawing. If you are going to sit down to create, find a space where you feel comfortable, play the music you like the most, read about the artists you have as a reference, research techniques and make this process more enjoyable and fun.
And just as the little ones do in their innocence, we thank you for reading us and being part of this great community.
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