EVER been frustrated that you can’t draw or you have brilliant ideas that you can’t capture on paper?
Here are some simple, yet effective steps that can help you start in your journey to becoming an art whizz…
How can I learn to draw?
If you are a real beginner, the good way to start getting to grips with proportions is to start by tracing.
It is a lot easier to copy the lines you see, rather than having to translate what you see onto paper.
Grab a drawing or photo and cover it with a thin piece of paper to start, drawing over any lines you see.
The next step to learning to draw can be through faint sketching.
Use a pencil and some paper and extremely lightly draw out the outline of a basic shape, like a mug or pair of headphones, that you wish to translate to paper.
According to art advice website Rapid Fire Art, this should be to the level where you can just about make out the shape.
Don’t worry if the initial sketch is very messy and doesn’t look like the shape.
As your initial sketch should be extremely faint, you can go back and refine the outline again, a little more firmly.
Use more confident and thicker lines to define the shape and eventually you should be left with a sketch that looks like a vast improvement on your initial shape.
Be aware of the overall shape
When you draw a shape, like a chair or bottle of water, the finished product can often end up looking wonky or lopsided.
A way to make a shape look more realistic is to see objects as a being made up of a series of simple shapes, like circles or triangles.
Sketching these shapes together will help to create the parts of the finished piece.
One of the most important points to remember is the overall shape of the object.
Add a faint outline of the object’s shape as a whole, so you have a framework in which to draw the smaller shapes.
How do you draw in 3D?
A simple way to master the art of making your drawing 3D is through the use of lined paper.
Although you can use pre-lined sheets for this, plain, white paper with pencil lines is preferable as the lines won’t run through your drawing, and can be rubbed out after your work.
YouTuber David Hax demonstrated how you can draw a 3D wooden spoon or hand, and included the steps:
- Draw round the object on your plain page
- Use a ruler to draw horizontal lines in pencil about 1cm or less across your page, missing out the section inside your object
- Connect up the lines in the middle of your object in waved, curved strokes so they look multi-dimensional
- Add shading to enhance the 3D effect
- Erase the horizontal lines so you are just left with the object.
If you are looking for some inspiration from the best, these amazing 3D drawings leap off the page and use a series of amazing optical illusions which make them look like 3D sculptures.
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