Drawing and sketching can be difficult for some, and people with no formal experience in these skills often seem to think themselves no good at art. But, like any other skill, good principles of drawing can be learned and acquired by those who are willing and patient enough to practice and who truly do want to draw. If you’re interested in learning how to draw, then consider looking into one of these books, designed specifically for beginners and written by professionals. In addition to their helpful techniques and easy-to-follow guides, each book in this list is well-reviewed by critics and customers, and was published within the last decade to stay up-to-date and reflect some of the most current trends in drawing and art. These books may be exactly what you need to help get you started on your path to amazing artistic ability! (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…)