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Tips on Drawing

Drawing and sketching is fun! I am glad that some of you have become inspired and encouraged to pick up your pencils and draw.  Like any other skill, practice is really beneficial when it comes to drawing.  I am no guru but I know for myself that if I don’t draw for a long while, I get rusty.

Here are some tips I’ve learned through the years that can help hone skills, whether you are a beginner or intermediate artist:

1.  The space on your paper is your friend. Make use of it! Don’t get used to constraining yourself in tiny spots, unless its part of your design.

2.  When you practice drawing, try doing it with minimal use of an eraser. If you can, sketch without one (or better yet, draw with a ballpen!). This will help sharpen your skills in drawing definitive lines. And, it’s great for building confidence.  Did you know confidence can be seen in your strokes? Also, for drawing straight lines, I try not to employ the use of rulers (unless you want to be very technical). I find it makes drawings very harsh….

3. Tools: I like using HB to 6B pencils for sketching. Staedtler brands for both pencils and erasers are good ones. For paper, I’ve used a couple throughout the years (Strathmore, Canson, Watson and Guptill Journal Sketchpads).

But hey, don’t be limited to brand names okay? I once drew with an eyeliner because i had no other pencils at hand. It came out pretty well! :) Sometimes creativity and resourcefulness go hand in hand.

4.  Associate images with shapes. If you are having a hard time transferring the image from your mind to the paper, try envisioning what shapes make up that image. Here’s an example, using one of the sketches I posted previously:

Spheres, cubes and cylinder shapes are good to associate with many subjects, because they suggest mass and weight. Bear in mind, our world is three dimensional! Remember that when drawing and you’ll get better at it.

5. Facial proportions. Here’s a tricky thing for many people.  Have you ever tried drawing a face but you can’t seem to put the nose in the right spot? Or that space between the eyes never seem to be too close or far enough? Instead of wording it out, here are 3  different styles that apply the same principle (but some with slight deviations). Click on images to view a bigger version:

(this one: the sketch version of a previous post)

Familiarize yourself with the typical proportions. If you sketch with them in mind, it will eventually become natural for you to recognize them. It doesn’t have to be strictly proportional you know, so don’t get boxed in that. Eventually you can experiment with the deviations without going overboard and you’ll see, it will be fun too! When drawing faces, it is helpful to be aware of the underlying bone structures – very helpful when shading.  If you are aware of the bones (or even adipose tissues!) that lie underneath the human body, you’ll understand why and where bulges and curves appear. Hey… it’s never just skin deep, okay? And that applies with many things in life!

That’s it for now! Have a good weekend!

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  1. Jitz
    March 27, 2010 at 5:21 pm | #1

    My, my, my. Wow. Yes the pencil is indeed a beauty. It has some character to it and I’m impressed you have to go through making some diagrams of sorts. ;) Good job on these! And there’s notes to back them up. Do continue on these Haze. At least, this just shows no matter where you at or what you do, you still find time to do things like sketching and stuff. Ingats.

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