Welcome to my very first episode of Adventures in Art! Sorry this came a bit later than expected, I had to make sure the preparations for my semester starting next week were in order.
Adventures in Art – Episode 1
How I Got Started
I’d say a good place to start chronicling my study of drawing is to explain how I started getting into the craft! I started actual self-study of drawing late last year when I was introduced to some nice drawing tutorials. One of which being a tutorial on how to draw faces by the skilled alexds1 on devianart. I’ve tried teaching myself to draw when I was a teenager but I didn’t really look at tutorials and just went by eye. I usually would stop when I realized I had no idea how to draw hands and would give up.
What I’ve Learned so Far
The critical thing I learned when I started following alexds’s tutorials is that the key to being a good artist is to start by drawing basic shapes to act as a foundation of what you want to draw. Too often, new artists like myself will fall into a trap called “symbol drawing”, in which you try to draw an object from your memory of what it should look like. This causes your art to look very awkward since you don’t know how to render your art in a way that accurately portrays your intended object. In order to start learning to draw effectively, you have to realize a very basic rule of observation: Start seeing every object as being built up of several basic shapes, rather than just the object itself. Hands used to be a very daunting task for me but once I learned how to start drawing from foundation, I became much more comfortable with them.
This is covered very early on in Andrew Loomis’s Drawing the Head & Hands. The best way to start drawing a human head is to begin with a simple circle! It doesn’t even half to be a perfect one, just suitable to begin the foundation of the skull. Breaking everything you observe down to its basic elements is the key to developing approaches to render on paper. It’s unanimous lesson in all the tutorials I’ve checked out so far.
If you’re a visual learner and want to see how these techniques are applied first hand, you may want to view some video tutorials. I great site I discovered is https://www.ctrlpaint.com . It’s mainly centered around teaching you how to draw digital art, but the early lessons teach you how to draw traditionally (after all, how do you expect to draw well with a computer if you can’t on paper?).
Some of My Early Art
To finish, I’m going to show you how this sources helped influence my start as an artist by posting some sketches I made:
They may look rather amateur at this point, but I’m still really proud! As they say, “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, so every step forward no matter how small is important.
Until next time…