What's a good way to draw from imagination?
I want to be able to draw people from imagination. I can't get to any life drawing classes and I know that you need to practice, practice, practice, but you have to have a direction to go or else your practicing is in vain. Please help
I'm not sure what you mean by drawing from imagination however, one way to start is to learn from books. There are many that describe and illustrate human or living forms and as you grow familiar with structure, sinew and subtlety I surmise that you may better draw upon what you've learned to recreate on paper (or whichever medium) from your own head, and thus imagination.
I actually know exactly what you're talking about. I've known a number of artists who could draw a flawless human (face or full body) on a whim while they were sitting next to me. Where as I need to basically copy down an image I see and even then the results seem frustratingly distorted. I've come to discover, however, that the people who can do that are either extremely rare, or highly practiced and I just didn't know it. Think of it this way; when an artist wants to draw a human character from their imagination, rarely are they going to create a fully original concept. The hair might be from a character they saw in a cartoon, and the nose is from a favorite actor. Then the clothing is from a video game they played. The things we create are composites of everything we know; so nothing is 100% out of our imaginations. It is the culmination of all of our knowledge that creates something new.
Practice does make perfect, but I would also recommend how-to-draw people books and one of those little, pose-able wooden men. Start by just copying down the images, not tracing, but using your eyes and drawing it free hand. The more you do this, the more you'll get a feel for how to draw a human. The pose-able man gives you an idea how how the human body looks in various positions so the next time you sit down to draw, you can more accurately remember perspective.
There is no quick way to draw perfect people from one's imagination, but it is certainly a skill that can be learned. I can't say I'm very good at it myself, but that's because I discovered DAZ Studio, and the need to draw my own characters diminished.
It took me many years to draw anything I want from my imagination. References books help if you do not know the basics of a human figure and things like that, but I never had problems with that, so the books did very little for me.
More than anything, you need to understand how things fall, hang, how the light works and what you want to draw. Then, what I do, I sketch. For the little guy below, I think I had 5-6 sketches before I dared to go over the pencils with ink. Eventually, what you look at, will become one with your head and once you are there, you will know it.
watch more tv movies, you get the wild imagination from there or maybe comic books
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