- Arts and Design
Learning How To Draw
Everyone was an artist at one point in their life, but most of us decided to quit that title as we grew up. I'm here to let you know that you can still go back to your artistic roots!
My mission is not to teach people how to draw, but rather to show them that they already can.
Drawing can basically be described as the transferring of a 3-dimensional object onto a 2-dimensional sheet of paper. Of course there's exceptions to this, but for our purposes, that's what we'll define drawing as.
Drawing With The Wrong Side Of Your Brain
When you were just a child, you likely drew hundreds of different little pictures of people, animals, and objects without any thought of how different it may have looked compared to the real thing, as most children do.
As you grew older, you started to realize that your drawings were not matching the objects you were attempting to re-create, and before long you decided that it was simply a lost cause, and quit.
Your drawings turned out the way they did because you were using the left side (the logical side) of your brain instead of the right side (the creative side) of your brain. Is that bad? When it comes to art - Yes, it makes things very difficult.
Let's Draw Something: Exercise 1
To show you what I mean, do you think you could draw the image to the right? seems simple enough, right? It'll probably only take you a few minutes to finish it, and when you're done, it's going to look quite similar to the original.
Once you've finished drawing this, go ahead and move to the next small exercise
Now that you've drawn that little scribble above, try this one. Again, it shouldn't be too tough since it's only a couple of lines, right? This one will also only take a minute or two to complete, and when you're done you can go ahead and move on to the last little drawing exercise.
Here's the last little doodle for you to re-create. Just like the two before it, it should only take a couple of minutes or so, and your drawing will probably look pretty close to the original (don't worry, I promise this is going somewhere)
The Result: A Hand
Congratulations, you've just drawn a hand! Granted, each part of it is separated, but if you re-sized each one a bit, flipped it around and slapped them together you'd see exactly what I've been trying to tell you. You can draw!
Proof That You Already Know How To Draw
If you were to try to draw that hand directly off of the original sketch, the left side of your brain would instinctively try to take over, and tell you what a hand should logically look like. But by drawing each of those images individually, the left side of your brain had no logical explanation to give you, which allowed you to use the right side of your brain (You tricked yourself!).
So really, you already know how to draw. Your brain just wants to tell you otherwise.
How do your Doodles compare to the originals?
The Left Side Of The Brain
Lets say you wanted to draw a table, and logically the table has 4 straight legs that meet the table at a 90 degree angle. This is what the left side of your brain is telling you as you try to draw this table.
So naturally you try to draw four 90 degree angles, but it doesn't turn out right. This is because art is not achieved through logic. You have to break away from the logical side of your brain and embrace the creative side. But to do this, you need to learn how to see objects through an artist's eyes.
Speaking of Eyes
What do you see when you look at the image above? Do you see eyes?
When you go to draw an object, try not to look at it as though it's what it truly is (I know, that sounds confusing), but rather look at it as though it's just a bunch of curves, lines and shapes.
The reason i'm asking you to look at objects as shapes is to help you trick the left side of your brain from taking over your drawings. If you're not thinking with the logical side of your brain, it allows your creative side to take over, which in turn allows you to draw more accurately.
If you can learn to do this, you've already become an artist.
Sides of the Brain
Drawing Abstract Art
The principles explained above applies to realistic art, but does it play a role in abstract art?
Yes! You could even say that looking at objects through the artists eye is looking at it abstractly, since you're trying not to see the object as a real thing.
Abstract art is the epitome of seeing like an artist. You create things merely as lines and shapes, which turn into something more!
Although I draw various things, I've always had a passion for abstract art which I keep on my own website (DezigningArt.com). It's one thing to re-create something that already exists, but creating something truly unique gives you an odd sort of pride over your work.
Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain
As you can see, your drawings don't have to be amazing (trust me, for my age, my drawings are far from amazing), but what's important is that you keep going. Merely wishing that you can draw well isn't going to solve anything. Take a class, ask an artistic friend, read a book, watch a few video lessons, or keep practicing on your own. Whatever it takes.
Much of the information I used to write this hub is based off of an amazing book called . I took a class that used this book as a basis for learning, and it changed the way I look at things. I realize that I'm not an amazing artist, but I hope to be one someday, and if you'd like to join me then I highly recommend purchasing this book. I personally guarantee you'll greatly improve your skills as an artist if you read and follow all the information it has to offer. "Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain" by Betty Edwards