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New Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills

Updated on September 13, 2014

Where do I find inspiration for my next drawing ?

Find some quick tips , how to make my drawing better. Where do I find inspiration for my artwork ? It is a question I often hear when I give art classes. The tips and tricks I have written down here are for everybody and can be used in many different ways.

Inspiration for drawings and paintings can be found everywhere. And the source of inspiration is often found in dayly life. Pictures you find in the newspaper, films, tv programs, your garden or simply a shadow on the wall.

Throughout history artists found there inspiration in nature, the human body, animals, there loved ones, politics, myths or a bottle of wine ;-) But often artists are inspired by other artists.

I want to show you how you can make your drawings better and where you can get your inspiration from.

Let's go and follow our heart, guts and mind.

Painting by Peter Streep.

Improvisation in Art : How to make a free drawing - Learn how to make a improvisation drawing - improvisation techniques and tips

Art is creativity and whatever discipline you work in, sooner or later you improvise. Joost Gerritsen gives a master class drawing. How to improvise and use improvisation techniques in the visual art. Drawing is personal, but there are some general rules that will help you develop your own personal style.

Books about drawing skills to get you started - Finding the inspiration to draw in 2014

Although you should not overdo it, a bit of theory is not a bad thing. Learn about perspective, how to use shade and make things round. Where to put the reflections and what kind of drawing material are the best for me ?

My personal theory is to look at other drawings by artists. Look at them a lot. and think about them. Ask yourself, Why do I love this drawings.

Why is the drawing so strong?

Analyzing other art work will help you understand art, and will make your own artwork better as well.

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters
Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters

The best way to learn to draw is to look at how other artists have made there drawings and paintings.

 
Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set, 21-Piece
Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set, 21-Piece

A simple and very good set. When you do some drawing, whatever it is, you always need different types of pencils. This is a great set. For starters and advanced alike.

 

Tip : to start making better drawings, look at how other artists made their drawings.

The Butterfly effect by Peter Streep

The Butterfly effect by Peter Streep
The Butterfly effect by Peter Streep
How to make a better drawing and where to find inspiration for my work
How to make a better drawing and where to find inspiration for my work

How to make a better drawing and where to find inspiration for my work

Nature the romantic source of inspiration

Nature.

Nature always has been a source of inspiration. From the first cave drawings up to modern times. Even today, David Hockney is inspired by landscapes. In one way or another, being close to nature brought many artists to there most famous paintings. Vincent van Gogh made his best paintings in Arles, when he was on the country side. Jackson Pollock with his so called "drip paintings" was inspired by the way native Americans where close to the nature and for him too the freedom of the country side was important.

Although it's often said, that drawing/painting in "the wild" was a pure Romantic idea, with painters like Casper David Friederich, Gericault and Delacroix.It certainly did not stop by the Romantic style of drawing and painting.

You even had a whole land-art movement, where artist used the countryside as building blocks for an artwork itself.

Nature definitely is a strong and rich source of inspiration. If you ever encounter an artistic lack of inspiration. Return to nature.

Go out in the parks, the mountains or the fields and find a good place and start drawing. Do not forget your picnic set ;-)

Digging for inspiration - Peter Streep

Digging for inspiration - Peter Streep
Digging for inspiration - Peter Streep

Variation is the magic word, use a lot of variation in your drawing and it will become better.

first abstract art by kandinsky
first abstract art by kandinsky

Let yourself and your artwork be inspired by music.

The secret connection between art and music.

Music the secret lover of the arts.

Music often has been the muse for an artist. Not only are there a million drawings and painting where musicians pose and play. A lot of artists did play a musical instrument as well. Although it is very rare if they are both on a professional level. The artist or the musician has to choose sooner or later. Time can only be used once.

But besides that a lot of paintings contain musicians, music itself is used aswell as an source of inspiration for artists. Kandisnsky for instance callled his work. Composition I, composition II etc. and saw his work as a musical composition, composed like a composer would do. Kandisky saw the colors he used as notes and tones. Combining the colors and brushes,lines and dots as components of a visual composition.

I have had the experiance to work together with musicians and artist in one project. It was a jam session. The artists reacted on what the musicians played, and the musicians reacted on what the artists painted. It was like a free jazz improvisation piece.

It's a realy good excersize. Put on some music you love. The best a long song of 15 min. or more. And paint or draw the music you hear. Do not try to be cliché and paint musicians, or musical scores. But imagine what the tone E-flat would look like.

Or when your out in the fields. Paint the sounds birds make.

It's fun to do. You do have a goal, a mindset. You know what to visualize, still it becomes an abstract art work.

The Painting is by Kandinsky, it is his famous first abstract watercolor made in 1910!!!!!

You must act man - Peter Streep

You must act man - Peter Streep
You must act man - Peter Streep
where to find inspiration for my art work
where to find inspiration for my art work

Modern tools for inspiration and art in 2014

how to use the computer for an art work

Modern tools and inspiration in the arts.

During the Golden age and the Late Renaissance, painters like Vermeer and Albrecht Durer used the Camera obscura and mirrors to get what they wanted. A lot of artists use up to date technology to create that special art work. Now adays many artists use the computer to help them sort and organize there ideas. And why not.

Technology often has made artists change there work. For instance, the invention of the paint tube made it possible for painters like van Gogh to go out into the fields and paint there paintings. It's strange but true, that such an invention can have such a huge impact on art history.

Before the paint tube animal bladders were used to store paint....A messy business.

Now you can use the computer. programs like Photoshop can help you to make compositions. You can use Photoshop as a sketchbook and later on, when your satisfied use the computer image as a source of inspiration.

You can also use google to find images. In need for a image of a pig ? no problem. Of course you should take the copyrights into account. But well, you're an artist aren't you, so you do not want to copy.

The picture is from a camera obscura at work - drawn by a unknown 17th centry artist - source - Library of Congress

The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

A classic in learning to draw, learning to look at the world and how to translate it into a drawing.

 

Secret Knowledge : Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters - The secrets behind the master painters.

In this book David Hockney shows us how the old masters made use of the latest scientific discoveries. Big mirrors, The camera Obscura and lenses where used by Hans Holbein, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Leonardo da Vinci.

David Hockney shows us in this beautiful book the secrets behind these master painters. And if you think the magic of the paintings is lost by knowing how it's done, Think again. By knowing how the paintings where made, the respect for the painters grows.

Secret Knowledge (New and Expanded Edition): Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
Secret Knowledge (New and Expanded Edition): Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters

A superb book with wonderful photographs in full color - 402 in total !!!

It realy gives you the WOW effect and will be picked of the bookshelf time and time again. It makes a great coffee table book too.

 

How can I improve my drawing.

To improve your drawing remember the following words :

Variation

Balance

Gravitation

Composition

Oddity

Do something strange and it will make your drawing better. Do not be scared.

Love the Things you do.

Above all, do the things you enjoy doing. Ask yourself the question :

What do I really love. And stop everything and start doing the things you really love.

All scribbles are welcome. - A comment and feedback is always apriciated.

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      texan203 lm 5 years ago

      Great advice, thanks

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      Great tips...love the intro pic...thanks for sharing!

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      nicks44 5 years ago

      Yeah ... good advice! Merci!

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @joeyoung lm: Thank you Joeyoung, yes, there is some method in the madness...

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @NazmiyalRugs: Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.

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      goldnumbat 5 years ago

      beautiful lens and very helpful

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      Stress-Master 5 years ago

      Great looking lens with good info. Thanks.

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      Xavier360 5 years ago

      This is a really nice lens. I really enjoyed it!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      very cool lens and has giving me some inspiration, thanks so much, Angel Blessings*

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      A beutiful lens; I enjoyed it very much.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      A beutiful lens; I enjoyed it very much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So great lens.like it

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Nice lens. You're very talented.

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      laniparis 5 years ago

      Great lens. I just need some practice to go with this inspiration.

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      NazmiyalRugs 5 years ago

      This is one of our absolute favorite lenses yet! You are very talented :)

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      joeyoung lm 5 years ago

      Well done Peter. You definitely have an expression all of your own. Almost a touch of collage in your work. Very methodical with a story in it! Excellent!

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @nelchee: thank you, yes it's great to pass the torch of inspiration and creativity.

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      nelchee 5 years ago

      Lovely lens and great advice :) Most of my lenses are about inspiring beginner artists to improve and learn as well, so I love seeing when other people do the same with a lot of original content.

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      NazmiyalRugs 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens, so inspirational!

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      Marilyn Thompson 5 years ago from Washington State

      Nice work Peter!

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      dancerene 5 years ago

      I *think* I love drawing, especially people, but I always procrastinate to draw, eg. making myself very busy or giving excuses so that I don't get started.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I really love your artistic work. Excellent thoughts here about finding new inspiration. I have been neglecting my art lately and needed to come here to think about ways of diving back into my creative well. Appreciated.

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @anonymous: As long as you love the things you do, it will get that extra positive energy that makes it special. Thanks for dropping by and like-ing the lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My scribble is that I cannot draw very well. I can copy things like photos and stuff like that and draw loads and loads of circles and loops and that is it. I always loved the Spirograph from before I used it more than my kids.

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      Success_At_School 5 years ago

      Love your art work!

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      ibakir 5 years ago

      very informative lens, good ideas .. love it

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Inspiring... well done and ~blessed~.

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      gavin-harris-904 5 years ago

      I may not be an artist, but your ideas have inspired my writing for future articles

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      PeterStip 5 years ago

      @OCDiscusFish: Thanks , Yes I do, most of the drawings on this page are mine.If you are curious about them. take a look at my website - joostgerritsen.com

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Peter, thank you for the inspiration and reminders to improve my drawing. I love this quote "Love the Things You Do". I was an artist when I was young and in college, then let life take me other places. I am trying to get back to my creativity and "first love".

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      OCDiscusFish 5 years ago

      i like art, do you draw yourself??

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      OCDiscusFish 5 years ago

      i like art, do you draw yourself??