|Photo: Rodin's Sculpture, "The Farewell" 1892|
Sooner or later, you're going to master the basics. You're eventually going to walk without giving it your undivided attention and concentration. With more determination you might even find the discipline to walk extreme distances or heights. I think drawing is the same. Here are some tips that I've found helpful and I hope you will too.
- Copy artists who inspire you. Examine their techniques and try to mimic their style. Look to "The Masters".
- Develop a tonal value scale. This is essential. It's one of the basics!
- Watch drawing videos. YouTube is filled with informative, instructional tutorials.
- Use a light touch. (I'm really heavy handed and have been practicing this myself) Successful drawings are layers of marks.
- Really look at what you want to draw. Don't draw what you think you see, draw what you do see!
- Squint your eyes to help find the darkest darks and the lightest lights.
- Use a medium pencil to begin with and gradually use darker pencils to finish.
- Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice may not make perfect, but it will certainly make better!
- Did I say "Practice?"
Here are some additional tips from a YouTube channel that I stumbled upon recently. I like the first two videos I watched, and thought I would share them with you. They're short and informative, and I agree with the things he says about drawing. Take a look around his channel. He's completed some really fabulous celebrity drawings that I think you'll like!
I hope you'll pull out your sketchbook and do some drawing. Remember, there's no need to limit yourself to portraits or people. Draw what inspires you! Or draw something that has always been a challenge for you. I'm thinking that I may do some animal studies, perhaps beginning with birds. I love them so - I should learn to do them justice with the pencil!
|I may work on this some more. Fix her nose and forehead and do more work on the hand. Or I just may move on to the next!|
Last put not least, STOP CRITICIZING YOUR WORK! Making note of what you've done incorrectly and learning from your mistakes is fine. Telling yourself that "this SUCKS!", without any real critique and solution is NOT. Did you hear me? Great! Now grab your pencils and have some fun with drawing!
CELEBRATE * LOVE * CREATE