- 01. Sketching and Fine Motor Skills
- 02. Thanks to Phones, Everyone Photographs
- 03. Art as Therapy
- 04. Learn Art, Learn History
- 05. Draw to Dress up Dismal Days
- 06. Drawing for a Paycheck
- 07. Sketches, Not Words
- 08. Letting Imagination Live, in Style
- 09. Draw Anything, Anywhere!
- 10. Once You Start...
You are still reluctant to commit to those art classes your friends have all signed up for? Why?
Learning how to draw is not hard!
Besides, you may just find a hidden trove of talent and an eye for beauty that you never knew you had!
Maybe you don't feel that you have the soul of an artist. Maybe you are stuck on the stereotype that only starvation can produce fine art and... well... you like having tea every day!
Now is the time for you to prove that starvation myth wrong.
Now is when you can develop your artistic sense, stimulate your creativity, discover untapped emotions and potential for expression.
If you'd like, we could wait till after tea to explore this till now unknown world with you.
Are you ready?
Now, we take you by the hand. Never fear! We won't let go until you are ready to clutch a pencil and execute your first portrait.
Sketching and Fine Motor Skills
By their very nature, drawing techniques develop and encourage fine motor skills.
Precision tracing of fine lines and contours, executing the progressive depth of shadows, the tragic countenance of a grief-stricken face...
All of these qualities, that reflect a pool of artistic skill and vision, cannot be rendered by grossly clutching a crayon in one's fist and scribbling, herky-jerky.
You might advance the classic question: which came first, fine art or fine motor skills?
Undoubtedly, the latter was developed through constant focus on the former.
With every drawing lesson, each doodle and still life, you can rest assured that your fine motor control skills are gaining in exactitude and definition.
As you progress through art school, you can be sure that, soon, you will be able to draw a rose with the greatest of realism.
Bonus peanut: drawing and painting are uniquely suited to help children's motor skills development.
Not for nothing are coloured pencils and crayons marketed to toddlers!
Furthermore, plying art in any fashion – but especially drawing, helps seniors most at risk of impaired cognitive functioning and manual dexterity stay active and focused for longer.
Thus we conclude that learning to draw is beneficial, at any age.
Thanks to Phones, Everyone Photographs
Selfie art is nothing new. Vincent Van Gogh, Frieda Kahlo, Picasso and Rembrandt are all famous for rendering their own likeness.
It is rumoured that the Mona Lisa is actually a Da Vinci self-portrait, him having a joke on us by painting himself female... albeit ambiguously so.
If these great masters took selfies – at a substantially greater expenditure in art materials and in time, why should we denigrate those who pose for their phone fifty times per day?
Still: wouldn't it be nice to break that mould? To step out of the skinny shadow of the selfie stick?
How about starting a blog about your art?
You could post your drawing of the human body on social media, along with step by step instructions on how to sketch the human form.
You would certainly be a social media standout!
If you have ever lingered online, gaping in awe at the skill of those adept a drawing people, it might be time for you to sign up for the art class you've been longing to take.
Once initiated into the world of pen and ink drawing, cross hatching and foreshortening, the selfie will seem meaningless: a fleeting moment that deserves no commitment and no preservation.
An image that can be deleted from your digital gallery with no remorse or reproach, and replaced with your unique vision of the world, transmitted into your sketchbook by your hand.
Art as Therapy
After a stressful day, you can disconnect for a few minutes with your pencil and paper. Draw anything! Those few minutes will relax you more than any beverage could.
By drawing your stresses or, conversely, drawing the inverse of your stress, you will find that the focus on drawing – getting every detail exactly right, is draining your tension.
The best aspect of art is that you carry it inside you.
If your workday leaves you knackered, or you're gutted over your breakup; if the tedium of traffic drives you to distraction: focus on step by step drawing.
Giving a bit a mental power to visions of art will have a calming effect on you, allowing you to carry on with your day, a bit more relaxed.
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Learn Art, Learn History
For many people, history is not a favourite subject. Maybe you are of that bent.
If so, we must warn you: learning how to draw people, learning perspective drawing; draw a sill life or draw a cat...
Your mind will expand to include questions such as:
- What was the artist's frame of mind when s/he painted that?
- What was the artist's intention in choosing that subject matter?
- What was s/he trying to convey and communicate?
We know! All you wanted to do was find a peaceful way to relax without a lot of noise or pressure, and here we go, throwing you tons of questions.
Art has a sneaky way of working on your intellect.
You may find that, without any direct intention, you are raising questions about perspective, proportion and experience when considering great masterpieces.
Invariably, that will lead you to study the epoch the tableau was painted in. What a great discussion to have with your art teacher!
Draw to Dress up Dismal Days
Whatever you do: these days, don't watch the news if you are prone to doom and gloom.
On the other hand, if you are a brilliant cartoonist or draw caricature particularly well, news outlets may be a bottomless source of inspiration for you.
Some are gifted of the spoken word: satire and jest. Others prefer bold colours and cartoon smiles.
Are you of the latter type?
If you have a colleague or family member who needs cheering up; even if you are down in the dumps: nothing will lighten a mood more than a cartoon drawing.
For you, the cartooning itself will suffice to bring smiles.
Cartoon drawing is a way to turn away from today's discordant sounds and images; an island of whimsy in a sea of sharks.
Drawing for a Paycheck
So far, we've discussed personal, medical and social reasons to take drawing lessons.
There are also financial reasons for drawing that might appeal to you.
Every day, people put their drawing skills to use as:
- tattoo artists
- clothing design
- graphic design
- automotive design
The list of professions that employ artists is so long, we had to stop at just these few!
How would you like to work in the film industry? More and more, movie studios employ graphic artists for their special effects and computer animation.
Contrary to popular belief, artists need not starve on the street corner, drawing on the sidewalk with chalk.
These days, especially if you can draw off the page – on a computer, your chances of finding a lucrative position are fairly high.
So what are you waiting for? Search Superprof for drawing lessons London or Painting classes in Birmingham. Find your artistic niche anywhere in the country with our local tutors and online classes.
Sketches, Not Words
Taking in hand a pencil, a marker, a charcoal or pastel oils implies you are ready to communicate through visual art.
Artistic expression is a means of showing what does not translate well into words.
Your deepest feelings and most frivolous sentiments; your anger and fears and... everything can come out: all at once or one delicate shadow at a time.
Anyone can spot the obvious; it is your job to find the unusual and record it, by any means possible.
That may well be an artist's most concise job description.
Letting Imagination Live, in Style
It's not just the J.K.s and the Newtons whose talent exploded later in life.
You may well have harboured a manga storyboard that you know would be more important than any chibi.
Still, you come back to that incontrovertible fact: drawing tutorials focus mainly on blending and shading techniques, and how to draw hands and such.
You have no patience for how to draw animals, or how to draw anything realistically. Your realm is more in the fantastic.
You must learn to walk before you can run.
That is the dilemma of the student artist: great impatience with the mechanics of drawing, preferring instead that inspiration remain raw and unstructured.
That is the wrong attitude to take. Here is why:
In learning those technical aspects, you are refining your passion, targeting it to effectively render your subject matter with the greatest precision, for maximum effect. Drawing and maths are not mutually exclusive and enrich eath other.
Do you know how to draw eyes that reflect sorrow or outrage? Can you sketch a human face in the extreme of emotion?
Copying anime characters and drawing your own, born in your imagination, are two very different propositions.
It would be best to study art, so that you can express your own ideas, rather than echo those of another illustrator.
Draw Anything, Anywhere!
Once you have a few drawing classes or two under your beret, you will find you have a passport to practice your art wherever you are, using any medium.
From castles in the sand to chalk on the pavement, the question is not so much what you're going to draw but what you will create art with.
Once you give your imagination and creativity free rein, you will find untold ways to express yourself artistically:
- Decorating dishes
- Create designs to print on clothing
- Customize your furniture
- Draw on a jewelry box
- Create decorative objects
- Try your hand at stained glass
Here again, once basic drawing is a part of your life, you will never wonder what to draw or run out of ways to express yourself.
Once You Start...
You will find, from your first pencil drawing or watercolor, that mastery of art techniques comes rather quickly, especially if you:
- apply yourself every day: make the most use of those drawing materials you bought!
- know your artistic goals: portrait painting? Pencil drawing? Simple shapes?
- Dont' skip any art lessons: the day you miss might be the day you learn about negative space.
- Keep a sketch pad handy: you never know when inspiration will strike
One last bit of advice: don't get discouraged.
So what if you can't seem to get the contour of a jaw just right? That is why you have an eraser in your drawing materials case!
As with everything from language to maths that people study, those who learn drawing plateau.
It is quite possible that your drawing course has taxed your abilities for that day, and maybe you just need something fun to draw.
Drawing art should be relaxing yet stimulating, technically exacting yet freely creative, and, above all, expressive.
You'll never know what you can express artistically unless you get to your next lesson, so grab your charcoal pencil and make the most of your drawing tutorial!
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