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THE ART OF DRAWING

DRAWING is defined as the action of making marks on any surface with any mark-making material. It is clear, by this definition, that anyone can draw. If you can write your name, well then you can draw. Now that we’ve established that, we all know that some of us can draw better than others. Becoming skilled at drawing requires several factors coming together. Some of these factors include desire, instruction, practice, time, and more practice. I decided to put together this list of quick tips on drawing so that you can immediately see results in your drawing abilities. This list of 10 tips on drawing is not a “catch all” formula for drawing.

1. Drawing is a Skill This means that drawing is not some magical activity that some people are born with the ability to do. A skill is something that can be taught and most importantly learned. If you want to draw, draw better, or draw as a professional you can. Anyone can become skilled at drawing. Don’t ever say, “I can’t draw.”

2. Drawing is at least 50% Observation Drawing is about seeing. Have you ever taken a photo of something without pointing the camera at it? Of course you haven’t. Yet so many people think they can draw well without looking at an object. Then they become disappointed that their drawings don’t look representational. You must look at objects in order to draw them. In fact, you need to look at objects a lot in order to draw them. I suggest that
the amount of time you should spend looking at your object should be half the time it takes to complete the drawing. Drawing is at least 50% observation. If you want to draw an elephant, then look at an elephant. Really study it. Understand why you see it that way, then draw it. Everyone knows that one way to cheat on a test is to look at someone else’s paper. When you draw, look at your object; the answers are there. Just put them on your paper.

3. Use Resources This one is related to #2. Gather photos or better yet take photos of objects if you can’t draw them in person. Some people may forsake me for this one. It’s just not possible to draw everything from life. So when you can’t be in the African Savannah to draw that lion, use a photo or three.

4. Look For Basic Shapes Everything in the world can be simplified into basic shapes. When you are studying your subject, try to pick out the basic shapes that make up the over all shape. Usually these shapes are pretty easy to draw. Draw the shapes then draw the contours (outlines). ( This tip will help you with your speed as well.)

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