I can’t wait for this semester to be over with.
I’m sooo done with my English class.
Angry hand of fate giving you a sick-ass thumbs up. #doodle #bored
Heheh aww, hello!
I don’t use tools to draw except my body, whatever I’m drawing on, and whatever I’m drawing with. Every now and then I’ll use a reference, depending on what I’m drawing.
Really I say it takes practice, just like everything else. Some patience & practice. Keep drawing and try to pay attention to your own patterns and see what you want to fix or keep the same.
Personally, ever since I was young, I’ve instinctively taken it upon myself in everyday life to observe details. And then when I got older and started to draw… I learned how to use that power of everyday observation and incorporate it into art.
Certain art classes typically start you off with drawing/painting still life objects and I believe it’s to teach you how objects exist in reality and how to translate that onto paper.
Where shadows lie, how gravity plays its part, perspective and such, etc.
So another piece of advice would be… practice taking the time to truly see the lines that compose an object, start off small. Try to separate your idea of what an object is into the actual lines that make up its shape (what you see with your eyes). For example, try drawing a banana.. instead of thinking, “I have to draw a banana” focus on the lines that you see right there in front of you.
When you are pressured to draw something…. Like eyes, that pressure can alter your perception of what the lines are. Your brain kicks in and you start to draw that you think it is.. instead of the actual lines that exist.
Also, I will say it’s okay to make mistakes. Maybe practice drawing with graphite so you can erase previous lines. I’d say start drawing and when you see that something isn’t quite right erase and fix those parts. You have to start somewhere and having something on your paper first is essential. Don’t be afraid, it’s just the beginning and just because something isn’t exactly how you want it right off the bat… you nurture what you are doing and you nurture your skill til it grows. You will get better; you learn what to look out for through experience.
It’s important to allow mistakes, because then it allows for experimentation. Try to mix things up, try to go in a direction that you know you’ve been avoiding; magical things can happen if you do. And remember photo realistic drawings aren’t the only type of drawings that are considered, “good art.” Try to think about what you want to express… what does your art mean to you… maybe lopsided faces is what makes your art beautiful.
Art is an extremely personal thing and I’d say there is no “right way” to make art. In my opinion as long as you are true to yourself and it comes from a genuine place, that’s what I consider “good art.”
The art you make is yours; you are free to do anything you want with it so please indulge. Think about your art in relation to yourself. Don’t worry if your art is good enough for other people, think about if your art is good enough for yourself. And if it isn’t up to your own standards… how can you make it better to the point where it feels good to create it?
Creating is a complicated thing and being an adult is a whole other complicated thing, it’s tough…. I know. I definitely get into my own slumps sometimes.
I’m glad that I inspire you! Inspiration is a wonderful thing. I try to look for it wherever it can be found.
Well, I hope I’ve helped in some way… and I’d love to see what kinds of things you work on! Feel free to send me some of your drawings ;)