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  • You Can Learn to Draw!

    Anyone Can Learn Basic Drawing

    I know what you are thinking, if you aren’t an artistic person naturally, you are thinking that no one can teach you how to draw.  However, I can tell you that anyone who can see can improve their basic drawing skills.  I’m not talking about necessarily becoming the next DaVinci, but rather becoming what I’d call, “drawing literate”.

     

    Drawing is a Skill

    Drawing is a skill.  It can be learned and practiced.  Artistic expression is more innate, natural, more something that just flows from within.  Think of this way, unless there is a severe disability, every person in school can learn basic writing skills, but not everyone is going to be the next novelist.  The fact that you don’t have the ability or desire to write the next great novel isn’t reason for you to not learn the basics of written language.

    Drawing is Communication

    I see drawing the same way, you might not have it in you to be the next great artist, but that isn’t reason to not even learn the basics of visual communication. I call it communication because drawing, pictures, basic figures, all of these things can be great tools to communicate with others.  The first written languages were series of pictures that told a story, and while we are not longer dependent on pictures alone, being able to sketch a basic idea can still really help to get information across.  Think of drawing a basic map for someone to find a place you are telling them about, sketching what you want a finished project to look like before starting, sketching out an illustration of your child’s math word problem, or playing Pictionary!  There have been many times when I’m trying to explain something to someone and feel they would understand better if drew them a picture, think about recounting a traffic accident, wouldn’t you probably sketch out the road and cars and use arrows to show what happened?

    There are Many Resources to Learn Drawing

    I can think of countless books that one can learn from, from the very basic “Drawing Textbook”, to the more in depth “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, or one of my favorites, “Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy“.  But books aren’t the only sources, the internet has free information, full courses, and videos.

    One video series that a beginner might find helpful is “Learn to Draw” by SchaeferArt.  His first video starts at the very beginning, with materials, and covers the very start of sketching and shading, later videos get more in depth on specifics of shading and form.

    So for today’s “Friday Feature” I am featuring the first in his Learn to Draw video series.


  • Saturday Six-Minute Sketch… NOT!

    First, I want to apologize for being mostly absent for a few weeks. I really needed to take some time for other things, and didn’t dedicate as much time to my blog as I had been previously.

    Hopefully I am back again now!

    Today is Saturday, so I figured it was time for my Saturday Six-Minute Sketch, which my readers will probably remember are quick sketches from life, that I try to do in six minutes or less.

    These six-minute sketches can be challenging, not only because of needing to sketch quickly, but also because it can be difficult to select an object simple enough for such a short sketch to possible.  I don’t always judge correctly.

    Today I decided on a boot as my subject.  Specifically this boot that belongs to my daughter:

    Actually this boot is not as simple as it looks, at least not to draw.
    This is my daughter’s boot, classy, stylish, simple, right?

    Well, I set my timer and started drawing, and quickly realized that this basic boot was not nearly as simple to draw as it first appeared.  It turns out that I encounter difficulty in drawing folds of fabric.

    Here is how much I had managed to draw in the six-minute time limit.

    I guess I need to practice drawing more!
    While its clearly a boot, I can see where I drew the angles wrong, and the proportion is off too.

    Well, I wanted to complete more than that!  I hadn’t even gotten to the shading!

    So I started the timer again, and this time, while I still drew quickly, I decided I was going to bring it to something close to completion.

    I ended up taking another seven minutes, for a total of 13 minutes to complete this drawing.

    Those folds in the faux leather are really a challenge to draw!
    This simple basic boot is much more complex than it first appears!

    I am not terribly pleased with this sketch, the proportion is off, either the toe should be shorter or the leg portion larger.  The angle of the sole is off, the angle of the top of the foot portion is too flat.  The folds don’t right.

    I think I will need to try to sketch this boot again, without a time restriction at all, and see if I can get closer to realism with it.