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What to draw, where to find it, how to find things.

Updated on July 6, 2012

Urban Fanticy


Let me explain what to draw.

What to draw is indeed an interesting question, that many would like answered, I remember when I was younger, this was always a problem, what can I draw?

The simple answer would be to draw the things you like, which is most likely what you do anyway and not much of an answer, unless you realise a few things about motivation. Many times people are motivated by other peoples ideas, so looking at pictures is a great way of getting other peoples ideas into your head.

People are motivated by what they think, see, hear, feel, taste or perhaps smell, often times a combination of more than one. All of these motivators are external except for what you think, thinking is internal, made from all these other external inputs through your senses.

Based on what I have just said, the main motivators, initiators are external events that stimulate your thinking and what goes on inside your head. Even your drawings are stimulated in this way and usually a combination of what you see, like and think with stories, and fantasies also being contributing factor to this mix.



Looking at pictures is good.

The reality might not be something you have realised yet but if you look at lots of pictures then you will be feeding your brain with the things that all people draw, which are pictures. If you want to draw pictures what do you think are the best things to be putting into your head?

Yes it is pictures because pictures are what you want to draw plus drawing from a 2D picture is easier than drawing from real life as a picture is already 2D so you don't to convert 3D object into 2D.



What is the real question.

The real question might not be, what to draw but where to find what to draw or how to find it.

If you are reading this in front of a computer which you should be because I haven't written any books yet, then perhaps you should make sure you realise this following fact. You are sitting in front of the biggest virtual warehouse of visual images in the whole world.

What should I draw seems like a silly question nowadays because if you do an on line image search, it will give you access to every image you could ever need or want. On line image searches give you access to the broadest, most comprehensive image library that ever existed. Every thing you want and don't want to draw is available on line, you are completely spoilt for easily accessible visual information to help you.

You can also look at image banks like Flickr or Getty Images to find good high resolution, royalty free images, quality editorial stock photos, or even vector art images, so the world is your oyster, as they say, when it comes to images on line.



Filling your head.

If you just spend some time browsing images, you will be filling your head with the information that most often inspires ideas for drawing and at the same time entertaining yourself with a rich variety of visual culture. The visual culture of our time, which is a time that has never before been experienced by human beings in our entire known history and is quite amazing when you think about it. Yes if you really do want to know what to draw then you are spoilt for choice, like nobody has ever been spoilt for choice before.

642 things to draw is a book you can buy but on line its really more like 642 million things to draw, if you just take a look on the net with an image search.



Points to remember.

Another point to remember when doing image searches with a search engine, is that if you find an interesting image you like, you can and it would be advised to take a look at the page where that images come from by clicking on it. Often you will find more images that can on lots of occasions be better images because the search engines only show one example and there could be hundreds of other examples to look at that are often better, and more interesting.

Finding out what to draw has never been easier.

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      Gareth Pritchard 6 years ago from North Wales

      Hi Marcy,

      Thank you for your comment, as life gets less busy you might be tempted to get back to it, I hope you do because it is a good experience creating things. Yes you are right there is so much more opportunity to do these things nowadays.

      Thank you fro taking the time, Gareth.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 6 years ago from Planet Earth

      This was inspiring to read! I used to do artwork (drawings and some paintings), but I somehow drifted away from it when my life got busy. Now, there are so many new ways to create images! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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      Gareth Pritchard 6 years ago from North Wales

      Hi Sheila,

      I am happy you liked my pictures, I quite like both of those myself but Urban Fantasy is my most favorable of these, they are contemporary works that have been reworked with digital image manipulation software. I like to use both whenever I can, also interesting that the word talent is derived from much older words, talentum, talanton, meaning, money and balance. I just wish I had both as well as my pictures.

      Thanks for the big approval, Gareth.

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      sheilanewton 6 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Ow - wow! To have befriended such a talent on Hub makes with smile with delight. Thes drawings are simply stunning. All of 'em. My favourites are the dragon and John Lennon but I LOVE EM ALL. Wow again!

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      Gareth Pritchard 6 years ago from North Wales

      Thanx, I am so glad it was and unfortunately I wasn't blessed with much to inspire me in terms of family or encouragement I toughed it out on my own, didn't even get good results in school but I wasn't bothered at the time. I never got into caricatures, much more of a portrait man myself and had much success with them.

      Thanx, again, Gareth.

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      IJCGlobal 6 years ago

      This was extremely useful thanks Gareth.

      Yes, water colour is such a fluid and exciting medium to enjoy. AutoCad was just something I had to use as part of the job, but it is fun to use, once you get into the 3D visualisation aspect and "walk-throughs" etc...

      Fascinating insights and I enjoy your writing skills and insightful thoughts, and your perspective on the mind and soul.

      We seem to share some common interests and inner thoughts toos?!

      Just in passing, my father was an amazing pencil drawer and carIcaturist. I am more of a free spirit....

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      Gareth Pritchard 6 years ago from North Wales

      Hi IJCGlobal,

      I am also fond of water colours, they are so expressive and versatile.

      I haven't tried AutoCad yet but probably will, eventually.

      I have no ideas on the fire fascination but it is quite fascinating and I used to do a lot of fire myself as in flames, I used to do custom painting on cars and motor bikes.

      I have always had a fascination for eyes and besides the fact that they are really very interesting in detail they are also the main aspect of a persons face, we look at when talking, along with the mouth.

      I expect that is the reason we tend towards them, along with them being interesting in detail and perhaps it also has something to do with them often being referred to as the gateway to the soul.

      Hope this is useful, thanks, Gareth.

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      IJCGlobal 6 years ago

      Hi Gareth, as a "during times of feeling highly motivated by my inner thoughts and feelings" water colour artist myself, I really enjoyed your intuitive insight into the subject of drawing.

      I was an architect for 20 years, so am well aware of the spacial and aesthetic aspects of art and beauty that fill our lives daily. I just love the sheer freedom of being able to express myself through water colour and drawing, as well as the structured nature of buiding and construction drawing (AutoCad), etc.

      By the way, can you explain this one for me - The first things I drew and painted I at my first school art classes were eyes and fire?!

      All the Best with your HubPages...

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      Stephanie Rivera-Rios 6 years ago

      Haha, music is pretty great:D

      And I agree 100% -- Motivation and dedication!

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      Gareth Pritchard 6 years ago from North Wales

      Hi Music Freak, I am a bit of a music freak also, thanks for your confirmation of the motivation factor, it just adds to what I am trying to tell people, that's great.

      If you don't put anything into the box, then there isn't going to be anything to take out of it, feed your need and keep looking.

      Thanks again, Gareth.

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      Stephanie Rivera-Rios 6 years ago

      Great hub! I love to draw but of course, NEVER know what to draw, haha... but I do find that looking at others' work helps motivate:)