You have probably heard me say this before if you’ve read any of my drawing tutorials or videos. Everyone can draw. Just like anyone can learn to read, write and walk. Drawing is a skill, with practice and knowledge the skill can be learned. There is a learning curve for drawing that you will need to go through while your skill becomes more polished.
Learning Curve for Drawing
In this article, I will share three stages that you will want to study so you will be able to draw what you see quicker. Every great artist has a strong foundation of these three stages. These stages might not be the most fun projects to do, but like any skill, exercises and repetition will make a person perform better.
Set aside a certain amount of time every day for these stages and you will realize that it is true- anyone can learn to draw.
The first stage in learning how to draw is practicing your hand-eye coordination skills.
Drawing is simply copying what you see on a drawing surface.
To be able to draw what you see you will first need to learn how to see what makes up the subject that you are drawing as well as to be able to draw the lines that will create what you see.
You might be thinking, “I know how to see.” I will not debate you on that. What I mean by learning to see, is that you will want to learn how to see the finest details and value. You will be surprised how much detail you will notice when you study a subject.
When I am drawing my commissioned pet drawings, I have to capture their unique character, or it will look like any ordinary animal. I will first study the contour and proportions of the animal. When that is drawn I will study the fur direction. After that is finished I study how the light affects the contour and fur of the animal. The more I get involved with the drawing, the more of the finest details that I see that gives the animal its own unique character.
After you have learned how to see the finest details, you will want to be able to draw them on a drawing surface.
This can be accomplished by daily drawing exercises. Theses exercise might not be as fun as drawing a person, but you will have more fun drawing a person if you practice these exercises.
The next stage is learning how to draw contour drawings. A contour drawing is simply the outline of the shape.
It is very important to draw the proportions correct of your subject. No matter how much detail that you add to the drawing if the proportions are incorrect your drawing will look off.
Become familiar with form and proportion in three-dimensional shapes. A great way to study this is by drawing with vanishing points.
The last stage is to learn about light and how light reacts when it hits a texture. The texture and the curve will determine how the light will react.
You will want to study how the shadows are formed when the light hits an object on different sides and heights of the object.
You will want to study and have an understanding of the principles of light, shade, shadows and, values.
Start studying with simple shapes such as the cube, cylinder and, cone. Even though these might be simple exercises it very important to have a strong knowledge of light for when you are drawing more complex subjects.
Your learning curve for drawing can be greatly enhanced in less time if you practice your skills.
Do you have a solid foundation of these drawing skills?
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