Draw Koi & Other Wonders: Memory/Observational Drawing
Anybody can draw, but not everybody can draw well. As with anything, refinement is key. Talent is part of the equation, but practice is the defining difference between so so drawings and drawings that make you look twice. The best piece of advise I ever got was to draw every day. Its just like exercise, your muscles develop movement memory and so do your observational capabilities. I would suggest drawing things you are attracted to, but draw them from real life . "Why can't I just draw from a photograph?" you may be asking yourself. Simple. Its not 3 dimensional. You really train your eye to look around an object as you draw a 3-d object. As you look around the object, you start to notice how light falls on the object, and this will help you to understand volume and form.
Besides drawing everyday, I would urge you to visit a local museum or library and just take in the drawings there. You will start to become aware of the many different styles of drawing. Look all the way back to the cave drawings of France all the way up to the present. There are hundreds of different styles. As a novice drawing student, try to do this as often as practical.
What Do I Draw On?
My fellow artists, you may draw on virtually anything, a good place to start is paper though! Just go to the store and get a spiral bound hard cover drawing book and some pencils (2b, 4b, hb, 8b) or whatever you may have on hand. The drawing books are made with acid free paper. This is the only requirement in materials that I would recommend, because you just never know when you will have a brilliant moment and you'll want to preserve that for posterity! Paper that is not acid free will disintegrate over time. Just think about any older newspaper clippings you may have kept.
A final word: it may feel like you are getting nowhere for what seems like a long time, but keep at and, soon you will find your own style of drawing emerging and that is a thing of beauty!
Suggestions/Supplies/Artists of Note
- Fine Line Markers are a great drawing implement (you can't erase, and this is a good thing) as you will see in future installments
- Acid free paper in either book form or sheets, any size
- Drawing pencils (2b, 4b, 8b, graphite), experiment with them all
- Kneaded eraser
- Mars plastic eraser
- Charcoal if you wish
- Color markers
- A chamois cloth for blending or soft paper towels
Find these supplies at any reputable art store (best), and some office supply stores also carry some art suplies.
- Draw everyday for about 20 minutes to start
- Try adding 5 minutes to your drawing time every week
- Draw even for 10 minutes if that's all you have time for
- Draw a wide variety of subjects, including what you find most compelling
Some artists I enjoy include Chagall, Charles Schultz of Peanuts fame, Kliban of Kliban Cats fame and many others. Good luck in your drawing adventures!
Some Suggestions for Markers & Pencils
More Suggestions: Fine Line Markers and Inspiration
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