Knowing how to draw is a fundamental requirement for great looking pictures.
Drawing is the skeleton – or the bones – of a picture. It provides dimension and structure. If the structure underneath a painting or art project is poorly done, this is reflected in a final artwork – no matter how fine the application of the media used.
A drawing itself can be a complete artwork. It may consist of a few lines – but whatever it’s design – it still needs to be balanced and pleasing to the viewer’s eye.
How do you know when a drawing is not quite right, and you shouldn’t proceed with it as you intended? This is just a matter of learning how to draw.
But where do you learn?
Where can you learn?
There are a number of training courses available.
It is also possible to attend lessons at your local art school, or privately with artists.
A search of ‘local drawing lessons’ on your search engine will bring up a list lesson providers near your location.
Contact those providers and see what training lessons are available.
Choose a training provider – online or physical – which meets your needs. It is imperative to learn how to draw.
Which medium to use?
Some training providers specify that beginner students use a medium such as graphite or pencils. While graphite and pencils are great for your very first drawings – it is worthwhile to consider other mediums that you may use as you progress in your learning journey.
I recommend that you consider other mediums that you could use – such as artists crayons, charcoal, coloured pencils, oil pastels, oil sticks or conte.
Consider using anything that holds colour in a handheld format as a drawing medium.
It is expressive and exciting
Drawing also doesn’t need to be restrictive – it can be expressive. When a picture’s skeleton – the bones – are balanced, your picture can be exciting.
Drawing can be done on small pieces of paper – but I love to draw on large pieces of paper – A1, A2, and to a lesser extent A3 on an easel. This is because I can stretch my arm out wide and quickly put marks on paper. This helps the artwork to be expressive.
I often feel exhausted after I draw a number of 2 minute, 5 minute of even 10 minute sketches.
But I feel energised, and refreshed to come back to my other artworks.
It expands your creative mind.
If you don’t already know how, I recommend you learn how to draw. It is fundamental to your artwork, and it will expand your creativity more than you could imagine.