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Learning To Draw — How I Got Started As A Beginner

You don’t need to be a Picasso or Van Gogh to produce great-looking art pieces!

Photo by Nicolás Pinilla on Unsplash

When I first got started drawing, I had absolutely no clue about what to draw, how to draw or even where to start learning in the first place!

I began stumbling around the internet looking for tutorials and videos of how to draw but it never seemed to get me anywhere.

Looking back now, it was obvious what I was doing wrong — I didn’t know what I wanted to draw!

Unfortunately, this was one of the downsides of being a total beginner.

When people approach something completely new, they often only have a very vague idea of what they want to accomplish — perhaps they’ve seen someone else produce an amazing piece of artwork, and they want to be able to do the same. This is all well and good until they come to realise that the person they have been looking up to and the work they have been admiring all this time have actually taken weeks to produce, backed up by years of practice and failure.

This is why it becomes essential not to attempt mimicking someone else’s work, but instead, ask yourself the question “What can I do right now that can further my progress so that someday, perhaps I can recreate that particular person’s art piece?”

So here, I have compiled a list of the various routes I took, things I learnt, and the questions I had to ask myself when I began my journey into the world of art!

What kind of art are you looking to produce?

Before you get started drawing you need to decide which direction you want to go in.

One important thing to know is that you cannot learn to draw everything. This is because the skill of drawing actually consists of many different fields of study depending on what you want to draw.

If you want to draw landscape art, you’ll need to learn skills like foreshortening, perspective drawing, vanishing points, etc.

If you want to draw humans or figures, you’ll need to learn about anatomy, how light interacts with skin, the skeletal structure, etc.

For beginners, this can be a difficult fact to accept because we all want the ability to do everything and master every part of the skill, but to get to that level, it is imperative to focus on learning only one thing at any one time.

There is no such thing as bad art

One of the things that make art so great is that the final product is actually very much based on the experience of the audience.

This means that there is also no such thing as a perfect artwork since all pieces of art can be changed and be given new meaning without compromising any inherent value to the viewer!

So, when you are creating art as a beginner, don’t ever try to make it “perfect” and instead just draw and create what you think looks good and it will be enough.

Doing this is crucial because often when people get into drawing, they spend too much time on one piece of art and they get so bogged down in the tiny details that they forget the fact that, to improve their skills, they have to be constantly practising by drawing new things, and adding a few more lines to an already finished drawing just isn’t going to help you master the skill.

Make rough sketches

When I started practising to draw and sketch, a common exercise I did that has helped me a lot is to just make random, rough sketches of everything I see around me.

This helped me improve my skills in drawing as well as my skills of observation.

Of course, rough sketches are not complete works of art, but it does allow me to see how I have improved over time and what I need to do to improve further in the future.

Use reference material

When starting out as a beginner, you will not know how to draw certain shapes and forms of objects which is why it is essential to use reference material as a guide.

What do I mean by reference material?

Well, it can be anything such as pictures, real-life images, a tangible object or even drawings and artworks produced by others!

By using reference materials, it allows you to see the actual form of objects or places you are trying to draw and makes it easier for you to critique your own work.

A good tip to know when you find yourself struggling to draw an image accurately is to simply rotate everything upside down and instead draw that way. This helps because it makes the reference image unrecognisable and your brain is forced to see the individual lines and shapes instead of the image as a whole!

Drawing can be a very time-consuming journey but in the end, it can be very rewarding too! So keep at it because, in the end, the endeavour will be well worth the time!

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