Do you want to learn to draw, and you are wondering where to start? This article will guide you if you are already in the out-of-school category. However, those still there wish to orient themselves in this direction because it is about a completely different subject if you are still in school and want some advice.
Cool drawing ideas are not that complicated. You probably already know how to draw, or at least you did! At one point or another, I’m sure your loved ones have been proud of your “scribbles”.
First of All and for Everyone: Drawing is Above All Work
Drawing is work, work, and more work. Don’t expect to master it in a matter of hours. If you are “gifted”, it is because you already have a good pencil stroke or overflowing creativity, good for you. But often think we will be less successful than someone who does not have this “gift”. False, because the one who does not have this “gift” will toil, work, whip a thousand times more, and at the end, of course, he will master the thing just as well. If you’re not feeling good, don’t worry, I have good news for you: drawing can learn.
We are in a visually supercharged era, which deludes us to the “ease” of making images. For example, taking a selfie takes 0.2 seconds, drawing yourself a good two hours.
I will not go into the controversy of whether it is an innate or acquired gift, a vast subject that does not concern us for the moment.
Where do I Start to Learn to Draw?
Begin with, and my advice will be to equip yourself with paper (for example, a small notebook) and a pencil (a simple graphite pencil) and draw every day. Every day a little bit, and you’ll see its magic.
Note: learning to draw with a digital tool (tablet or screen) is not as easy as you might think. Therefore, I encourage you to start with a work on paper first and then move on to other types of surfaces.
Learn to Draw with Books
The “Drawing and Painting” Techniques sections of your favorite stores are full of books on the subject (maybe you have even tried to learn with them). It hardly has any secrets for you, and you are on the lookout for new things: animals, portraits, human body manga. Today the shelves dedicated to fine art books are full of different themes.
To start, aim for a simple and systematic approach, which announces the basics.
It’s essential to surround yourself with good books. But with the proper explanations. Not just with beautiful designs in it. Because a beautiful drawing, if it is “silent”, will not be of much use to you …
With Online Videos
I already said in a previous article what I thought of time-lapse videos. In the context of an apprenticeship, it remains, in my opinion, relatively ineffective, even frustrating. On the other hand, an actual tutorial, where the artist explains what he is doing, can be very formative! In the same way that by writing articles or online training, the artists who grant you this time do not spend it on their achievements.
I believe that the most destabilizing in this area is the digital painters. They are champions of the accelerometer of their achievements. We have the impression that they have repainted the Mona Lisa (or almost). The big brands of software (digital drawing, for example) make tutorials where they invite pros. While it is true that they talk about software, they often also give working tips or drawing basics which are always good to take!
I recommend the tutorials produced by professionals in the trade. In addition, many cartoon illustrators and colorists lend themselves to this exercise.
You will find hundreds of tutorials on video channels. Don’t spend too much time getting lost in watching these tutorials. Instead, try practicing on your own after you’ve finished watching a few.
Everything is said above. It’s a bit of a mixture of everything I just mentioned. Know that if you have not done recognized studies in this field, you are considered in any case as an autodidact.
All these media are great, but they lack one essential point: interactivity. So, to avoid stagnating and giving yourself the chance to progress, you will have to move towards more complete courses.
Do not hesitate to find other more interactive didactic means (courses, courses, workshops) than books or videos.
With a Workshop
Nothing replaces practice, whether solo or with a group. The method in the workshop supervised by a plastic arts professional is undoubtedly one of the best options. But sometimes, because of its schedule, its location, or entirely simply various and varied constraints. It will be difficult for you to access the workshop sessions. Please don’t panic, and a workshop generally does not close its doors overnight. They should not be confused with the workshop galleries, which are often galleries (place of sale of works) where the artist settles down to paint (but not to animate a painting group).
The artistic workshop is a perfect option to progress if you are not uncomfortable in a group.
With Online Courses
Some sites offer training in drawing through educational sheets and videos. Access is generally paid. Online learning will allow you to progress at your own pace since you will choose the moments you will devote yourself to this activity.
Online courses are a good alternative if you have time or travel constraints.
With a Private Tutor
Finding your drawing teacher (in a group or private lessons) can help you take a huge step forward in the drawing!
I have always drawn, since my youngest age, I have always had a pencil in my hand. But when I always say it is always. Not a day goes by that I don’t doodle something. And yet, with each passing day, I continue to learn.
I love to draw, but transmitting this passion is just as important to me. My most outstanding achievement is seeing the students happy. They come with motivation and are surprised to learn so much. And when there is that little glimmer “ah so it’s like that”!, So, it’s won! In any case, I like to teach people to draw and have new students.
I am also a great teacher who pampers her students if I have concocted practical sheets for you to start drawing well.
In Conclusion: To Learn How to Draw Many Tools Available
Learn to draw, and many tools are at your disposal. Professionals (illustrators, colorists, painters, graphic designers) are ready to share their know-how with you. In addition, outstanding books explain step by step the techniques of drawing. But remember, all the best guides in the world will never be able to do it for you! So first, you want to learn to draw. Then you have to give yourself the means and the time necessary to do so.