How to draw?

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  1. waynet profile image67
    waynetposted 13 years ago

    What advice would you give to other artists who need to learn how to draw....?

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      KoppSketchposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I would suggest - Draw something that compels you, something important to you or personal. Also keep your drawings within your ability (to some extent) the idea being to see positive results and to keep up the efforts while you improve.

    2. Jerami profile image59
      Jeramiposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I would suggest for a beginner to learn to draw free style; draw another drawing or picture, BUT have the other drawing up side down. This definately improves the quality when doing faces.
         Then move on to other objects to master,
         This would be Would be my advice.

    3. Sheila Wilson profile image83
      Sheila Wilsonposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      My advice would be to practice drawing exactly what you see. Do exercises like drawing your hand while looking at it without lifting your pencil or looking at the paper. The end result isn't necessarily going to be pretty, but it's about training your hand to draw what your eyes see instead of what your brain thinks things look like.

    4. writerjay profile image68
      writerjayposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sometimes I start drawing, not knowing what it will turn out to be. I really think you have to feel, then let the passion go; unless you are getting paid to draw a specific piece.

    5. Manna in the wild profile image63
      Manna in the wildposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      You could follow my drawing blog - I'm slowly releasing the contents of a book on drawing. So far there are more than 30 short posts and you can find it via

    6. yolanda yvette profile image59
      yolanda yvetteposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      That's what I'm looking for.

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    Justine76posted 13 years ago

    screw rules, draw what you feel.

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      Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, sorry, I mean, whats the purpose of the drawing and the "need" to know how? I guess at times rules are needed...

    2. waynet profile image67
      waynetposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      yeah I draw what I want, but others get frustrated with drawing even though they want to draw, they find it hard....

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        Justine76posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        perfection. That is always frustrating, and no amount of knowledge or learning will help.

        Drawing is art. Writing is art as well. I cant tell you how many writers here Ive seen say.."but Im not a good writer" and I dissagree. I find them fabulous. Yet, they feel they have not correctly conveyed what they are feeling. Same with drawing. You see in your head what you want to draw, but cant make it come out right.  sad

        But heres a link to some cool actual "instructions" more technical kind of stuff, I guess you could call it. I liked it when I was a kid.

        1. psycheskinner profile image80
          psycheskinnerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Drawing is an art but also a profession and a business--no different from writing.  When you draw for other people you need to meet their requirements.

  3. waynet profile image67
    waynetposted 13 years ago

    He had a cool 80's moustache!

    It seemed like a good show, drawing on glass right in front of the camera!! cool!

  4. Jayne Lancer profile image92
    Jayne Lancerposted 13 years ago

    Waynet, have you seen some of my drawings on two of my Hubs? You'd laugh. They're a disgrace. I need to learn!

  5. waynet profile image67
    waynetposted 13 years ago

    No, I'll have to check em out!!

    1. Jayne Lancer profile image92
      Jayne Lancerposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I'll email you the titles.

  6. FranyaBlue profile image77
    FranyaBlueposted 13 years ago

    I cannot draw to save my life if I am not feeling motivated, I have to really have the desire to create the picture otherwise it never comes out right. Sometimes I get fed up half way through and so I will take a break and come back to it when the desire to finish it comes back to me.

    So the advice would be don't bother trying to force a picture, just draw the things that you really have a desire to draw and they should come out a lot better.

    in short...draw what you feel...well said Justine! smile

  7. Robert A. Harris profile image61
    Robert A. Harrisposted 13 years ago

    I can only draw cartoons, life drawing is not of interest to me. Bruce Blitz videos on drawing are awesome, here is the link in case ur into drawing cartoons.

  8. CyberloxShop profile image59
    CyberloxShopposted 13 years ago

    Draw what you feel is a really good way to think about it. I prefer to draw eyes. yikes) There is a lot of beauty in eyes.

    I find that copying something isn't the best way of drawing. Drawing from memory in my case is nearly always completely wrong and inaccurate. Unless you are Hannibel Lecter of course!

  9. Ashukah profile image60
    Ashukahposted 13 years ago

    It would really depend on what you were trying to draw. There is SO many different things to draw. Realistic, anime/manga, cartoon, abstract, and so much more.

    I guess you should draw with whatever you like the best and practice, practice, practice. That's what I did and still do!

  10. torimari profile image67
    torimariposted 13 years ago

    First, what do they want to draw? What subjects, what style are they interested in, what mediums?

    Get a sketchbook and art references--practice.

    That's about all I can muster up as I'm about to fall asleep. :s

  11. Ign Andy profile image57
    Ign Andyposted 13 years ago

    I was once join painting class, long time ago. I agree better star to draw/paint what attract you most. These are few lesson that I could still remember:
    1. To know the object in detail, in class usually we use model could be any thing fruit, stone, pretty lady smile. A good artist can create this object in their main.
    2. Understanding texture of an object.
    3. 3 dimensional perspective/space, related to space is lighting.
    4. Object interaction

  12. Stacie L profile image86
    Stacie Lposted 13 years ago

    art is more feeling than technique..
    of course the rules for drawing may help...such as ovals for head,and arms and legs,then start filling in with more detail

    practice practice practice...if you don't draw all the time and enjoy it ,stop.
    I used to draw on everything when I was a kid!

  13. torimari profile image67
    torimariposted 13 years ago

    ^^Oh, self-promotion.

    Anyhoo, stereotypical but true, I'd say practice! Draw everything, than find a niche whether it be medium, subjects, etc. It doesn't mean confine yourself. Well, you don't have to find a niche, as it will find you. wink

    Art comes in so many forms, it should be a fun adventure, whether you are learning how to draw, sculpt, etc.

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    chrisadam2posted 13 years ago

    How to draw animals, people, and objects. For anyone age 3 to 103. Simple line drawing lessons to advanced painting and drawing techniques.


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  15. couturepopcafe profile image61
    couturepopcafeposted 13 years ago

    Learn two things:  Perspective and anatomy.  If you can do that, you can draw anything.  Learn the rules than break them with your own style.  Unless you're a artistic genius, in which case you probably wouldn't be here asking this question.

  16. elizabeth21 profile image64
    elizabeth21posted 13 years ago

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  17. hot dorkage profile image79
    hot dorkageposted 13 years ago

    I'm working my way through Drawing on the right side of the brain.  Idea instead of saying like "I'm drawing a football" you focus on the area around the football, and it has a football shaped hole in it.  Then you don't think stitches you think what they feel like and how the shadow goes and you try to draw the texture of it and  you will get a better football in the end.

  18. brimancandy profile image79
    brimancandyposted 13 years ago

    I have been drawing since I was a kid. I do most of my work in Pencil. I am usually fairly satisfied with what I draw, but, there is this little voice inside my head that keeps telling me that I can do better. My problem is I'm never totally happy with my drawings, to me they are just ok.

    If you want some real inspiration, do a bunch of drawings and take them someplace where you feel that you might get a decent reaction from people who might want to see your work. I did that this past summer, and, I had several guys look at my drawings, and they all really liked them. So that was very cool.

    I also draw cartoons. It's fairly easy to draw cartoon figures that don't have too much detail. My problem has always been keeping the figures looking the same in every frame, and coming up with the funny dialog, as how do you do something that hasn't already been done?

    I love cartoons. Some of my favorites shows are Family Guy, American Dad, and the Simpsons. I would love to do that kind of work! I think that would be great fun!

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      stoneyyposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      The little voice is correct.  You learn a little more with each drawing.  If you keep images of your old drawings, you'll see the improvement.

      Not being totally happy with your drawings is normal.  I'm given to understand Michaelangelo protested on his death bed he had just begun to learn to see.

      Practice will take care of the frame challenge.  In general, one isn't able to do something that hasn't already been done. Any difference will be in your approach to the subject.  As for dialog, well, with any dialog some will find it funny while others won't.

  19. Manna in the wild profile image63
    Manna in the wildposted 12 years ago

    Drawing terms and techniques is a big topic. One thing pops up very commonly though, and that is most learners don't use enough contrast. You need to find the blackest of the black and work out how to draw that without damaging the paper, and then the lightest of the light, and don't apply any graphite there at all except perhaps at the very end of the drawing just very lightly to make it uniform looking. This is how you control 'value'. Value in between shadows and highlights is called mid-tone and this is where you find most detail.

    Another big no-no is to draw what you know rather than what you see, and 'hair' is a big problem. Don't draw individual hairs from root to tip. Draw curved textured shapes that reflect the light differently as they curve in and away from the light.

    A third common problem is the 'line'. There are no lines in drawing - unless you are doing a 'line drawing'. A rendered realistic drawing will have transitions, dark to light to dark or light to dark to light. The speed of the transition determines how hard the 'line' appears, but a close inspection should always show a transition and not an abrupt light to dark. This is how to draw something like a nose for example.


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