So you want to learn how to draw but you have no idea where to began. Well today is your day because your about to learn why you should start off learning the basics of drawing first.
Learning how to draw is a step by step process. You can accurately say it’s more of a journey. However what you need to realize is a journey has a starting point, a beginning, and everyone has to start from the beginning.
Many newbie artists tend to jump straight into drawing, and expect to become proficient artists overnight. Sadly they become quite disappointed, and frustrated when this does not happen.
I tend to see this play out all too often because there is so much hyped up information on the internet which leads potential artists to believe they can become good artists in a very short period of time.
If you have been searching online for help on how to draw you have most likely seen these types of statements:
“learn to draw in 30 days” or “learn to draw in 7 easy steps” or “learn to draw in two weeks” and many others similar to these statements.
These types of hyped up quotes tend to be misleading for they give the artist newbie a false sense of hope that they will become experts very quickly.
This however is so far from the truth, and will clearly not be the case.
Now what we are going to do right now is go over a few pointers about the very basics of drawing that every beginner artist should review so as to get a realistic balanced view of the beginning process of learning how to draw.
First and foremost you have to love art itself as a whole. Anything that has to do with art weather it be Illustration, Cartoons, video games, painting, Origami, and overall self expression and creativeness you should have by now at this stage developed a natural intense love for it.
There should be no other motivating factor or reason why you should want to become an artist. This is how most great artists start out drawing in the beginning.
The next step you will have to take is learning how to see the world as an artist does. I call this step observation, and analysis. Now what this means is an artist observes and evaluates everything he or she sees. This is not a conscious decision but rather an automatic instinct.
We as artists watch and study movement very closely. How cars roll, people walk, dogs run, birds fly, and kids playing are all subjects for us to closely analyze, and evaluate. The phenomenon of motion is something you will need to definitely know and understand if your planning on getting into the fields of comic books, and animation.
Motion is also closely associated with distance, therefore becoming familiar with perspective is something I would definitely recommend. For example figures that are drawn closest to the viewers focus are drawn bigger, just as figures drawn in the background are drawn smaller to appear farther away from the gaze of the observer.
Now when it comes to physical objects around us they tend to resemble different geometric shapes. There are four basic shapes which make up the building blocks of anything with mass and weight.
Those shapes are the circle, square, triangle and rectangle. Without these basic shapes nothing solid could ever be formed.
As an absolute beginner to drawing it is essential that you familiarize yourself with these shapes. They will be your key to drawing anything you want. When you attempt to draw an object try to become accustomed to analyzing its physical characteristics. In other words you will want to define its true natural shape.
For instance take a look around your room, your computer monitor is really a square, your wall clock a circle, and your soda can a small cylinder. Almost everything in your environment falls into one of these basic shapes.
Use shapes to simplify the process if drawing your pieces. This is a basic, but powerful technique you should quickly master.
Finally you want to make drawing a fun routine that you will practice faithfully. Drawing should become more than just a hobby for you. If I should be so bold, it should become like an addiction.
If you could just draw everyday the same way you play video games everyday, you would make some really big drawing improvements in no time.
Practice drawing your household items, such as your table and chairs, your pots, and pans, or draw all of your kitchen utensils, just start out with the easy things first. If you do this daily you will begin to see your skill level start to move up in a span of three months to a year.
This will then build up your confidence to start drawing more complex objects, and figures. Do your share of reading as many drawing books as possible.
Read up on perspective, contour, shading, and proportion so as to gain an understanding of the various qualities of objects and figures, and how they relate to real life. Most of all practice, practice, and practice some more and have fun drawing.