Being inspired is much easier said than done. It can be challenging at times to find the right mood and drive to get the creative juices flowing. If you are an illustrator working on a major project or you just have to draw something specific for an upcoming project, there are methods for pulling in the inspiration you need to get the job done. Here are just a few examples of how to stimulate the senses and find your own creative muse. (more…)
Why Should You Learn How to Draw?
There are many good reasons for learning how to draw sketches of buildings, objects or people. While many individuals seem to have a natural ability for drawing, others must learn the process from an expert. Anyone interested in learning this artistic skill should begin today to explore their options. You are never too young or old to begin to develop creative skills using pencil, pens or chalk to draw portraits, scenery or abstract artwork. (more…)
As this site explores various different aspects of drawing, I find it very important to understand some of the basic concepts of drawing whether you are just starting out or if you use this is a refresher as a more developed artist.
I found a beginner technique online (from Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner by Claire Watson) to understand the importance of lines in space. After all, that is what our sketches become, a series of lines in space that convey an object, emotion, scene, or person. In addition to understanding lines, it also is a good exercise for hand-eye coordination in order to begin to focus on what you see and not what you know (more on that topic in blog post “Blind Contouring”). (more…)
Blind contour drawing is something fun for all ages. While it can often be considered abstract, blind contour drawing is a great technique for any artist, to train your brain and hand to sketch what you see, and not what you know. Too often, when we are looking at an object while drawing, we begin with short strokes as we take in the subject. However, as the drawing progresses, we can get sidetracked and so wrapped up in our work that we forget what we are meant to be looking at and just begin to draw what we know. (more…)