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10 Jun 2021∙7 minutes reading time
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26 Apr 2021∙7 minutes reading time
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26 Apr 2021∙6 minutes reading time
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21 Dec 2020∙7 minutes reading time
"Drawing is vision on paper." - Andrew Loomis A lot of artists love drawing nature. Mountains, seasides, forests, and houses can all make lovely drawings. Two-thirds of Brits believe their appreciation of the little things like walks in the great outdoors becomes greater past the age of 27. With simple geometric shapes, colour, and specific […]
30 Dec 2019∙6 minutes reading time
"I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing." - Vincent van Gogh To learn how to draw realistically, it makes sense to draw real things. Drawing from a model will help you to draw people, flowers, or animals with the right perspectives. Would you like to learn how to draw? Here are four […]
30 Dec 2019∙6 minutes reading time
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23 Dec 2019∙7 minutes reading time
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23 Oct 2019∙8 minutes reading time
Learning to draw isn’t as easy as you might think. You can’t just pick up some pencils and do a quick sketch to create a comic or manga. While some people opt for drawing lessons, others teach themselves. Anything is possible! There are plenty of tutorials online that can help amateur artists hone their creative […]
29 Jul 2019∙6 minutes reading time
When you begin studying fine arts and start practising drawing, painting, sculpture, photography or filmmaking, two different form of art often oppose themselves in every artist's portfolio. Life art and still-life art. Whereas the means, medium, and drawing techniques used to create both genres are often the same, the subject is what differs. In this […]
13 Aug 2018∙10 minutes reading time
What is Life Drawing you may ask. To put it simply it is an art also know as "figure drawing" and is the art form that represents the human shape in all its postures, using any drawing media possible, from canvass to woodblock. Portraits, illustrations, medical sketches all fall under the umbrella of life drawing […]
18 Jul 2018∙9 minutes reading time
Drawing is classed as a form of art which involves the artist making marks on a surface such as paper or card. While visual arts are now easily transformed into digital form using apps and software, the beauty of the visual arts for many is experiencing that connection between tool/medium and material. It is for […]
6 Mar 2018∙7 minutes reading time
Are you taking a drawing lessons or course in drawing? Is graphic art your passion? Once you’ve got to grips with the basics of drawing, it’s then necessary to refine your drawing skills in a way that allows you to draw anything and everything. So how can you do this? Well, every area of illustration […]
28 Feb 2018∙8 minutes reading time
Doodling, drawing, sketching, rendering: all verbs that describe the first step in producing a masterpiece, of making visible a concept or idea, of expressing what translates poorly into words. Why should people learn how to draw? you wonder... People with artistic talent are in high demand these days. In itself, that is an excellent reason to […]
5 Dec 2017∙9 minutes reading time
Drawing is something everyone does at some point in their lives. We learn to paint and draw from a very young age, even before we learn to talk. From the basics of our first stick figures to the moment we learn how to draw animals more realistically and get used to gesture drawing, as a […]
30 Nov 2017∙7 minutes reading time
Art lovers don't stop at visiting museums to enjoy their favourite canvases; they also take brush to hand to impose their imagination onto canvas or sketchpad... or computer. Expressing oneself artistically has many benefits, one of them being a calming effect: drawing and painting can reduce stress. While sketching, the artist detaches from the strain […]
29 Nov 2017∙8 minutes reading time
Kids love drawing – and it’s no wonder why! From the moment they learn how to hold a pencil in their small hands, many children cannot bear the thought of putting it down. And this is why it’s a wise decision for parents to opt for washable felt-tip pens and crayons, as they are a […]
21 Nov 2017∙7 minutes reading time
Getting Started with Drawing and Painting
Did you think drawing was an innate skill? You’ll soon realise that despite the difficulties encountered when you first try to draw somebody’s face, you can learn to draw. In fact, there are lots of different techniques to help you learn how to draw.
Cartoons, caricatures, realistic drawing, or technical drawings, etc. There are tonnes of different ways to express yourself when you pick up a pencil.
How can you learn to draw?
Take drawing classes with an experienced and talented private tutor and Superprof is here to help!
Why Should You Learn to Draw?
Drawing is an activity that a lot of children start at a young age. They love drawing characters in their schools Art lessons and it’s a great extracurricular activity, too.
Adults don’t tend to pick up a pencil once they have left school.
Whether that’s due to a lack of practice or a lack of knowledge in Art and Design, we tend to get demotivated more quickly than children. Without knowing the basics, it can be difficult to make any progress on your own.
However, once you’ve got the basics covered, you can start expressing yourself, relaxing, disconnecting, and having fun when you draw. You might even want to move on to painting once you’ve learned the basic skills.
Working with new materials and colours will open new career opportunities.
With Superprof, it’s easy to get started with drawing and painting. You can get advice from a private drawing tutor or on our blog where we share tips, tricks, and secrets for those who want to learn how to draw well.
It’s hard to find a reason not to take up drawing or painting classes with a private tutor if you want to learn. You might discover a wonderful, hidden talent for drawing and painting.
The Basic Drawing Techniques You Should Learn
Before you become an accomplished artist and make a career out of drawing, you’ll need to learn how to draw faces, hands, portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and animals, etc. There are plenty of exercises you can do to learn how to draw proportions, shadows, textures, and perspective using vanishing points and the horizon.
You can learn all this in an art workshop with an art tutor or on a drawing course.
In an art workshop, you’ll start off by doing sketches which will inevitably get better and better. You’ll also learn about composition and how to put together everything you’ve learnt to start making real progress.
The Materials You’ll Need for Art Lessons
Don’t show up to class empty-handed. You’ll need to have the right equipment if you want to learn how to draw: coloured pencils, pencils, charcoal, rubbers, pastels, Indian ink, paper, sketchbooks, etc. Your private art tutor will tell you exactly what you need and show you exactly how to use them.
Artists who’ve already started learning how to draw should also consider attending life drawing classes so that they can effectively learn how to draw the human body.
For those that want to learn more about art history, art classes will be really useful: there’s more to art than just Rembrandt and Picasso, after all.
You’ll also learn to be more creative.
You can learn about 3D design and creating art using graphics tablets. Digital art can be just as enjoyable. There are many practical tools that can help you learn to draw, too.