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.
Courses are available from a number of online providers.
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. You can even learn to draw by reading books.
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.
Also, it’s important to understand colour. Your understanding of colour relationships and colour harmony with help you apply colour to your drawings.
It is expressive and exciting
Drawing can be exacting, such as required in botanical art.
However, drawing 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.