Drawing Tips For Beginners

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					Some people are by nature, creative some are not so but want to. Either caused by
genes, early childhood exposure, natural inclination, precocity, sudden inspiration,
there are people who could create art better. It always will be. Whatever the cause
though whether born into it or not, we learn from practice. The fact is, the best artists
devoted more time to the discipline of practice. Inspiration is then sparked more
because as the practice continues, the better the artist becomes. It is often said that we
are not fully human until we learn to create. For the creative spark that is within each
of us, here are the following drawing tips.

Practice No matter what subject you have in mind, the important thing is to keep on
practicing first. Doing so will help you to start judging proportions and translating it
into paper. There is no shortcut to this. Practicing makes the hand pressure more
sensitive to the paper and the hand movements more attuned to the subject that you
have in mind. Only spiders are born that could immediately build a house, we alas has
to keep on trudging. The more pencil shavings you have, the more you convert the
ideas into the art. It does not matter what you draw because as with everything else no
effort really goes to waste.

Having said that, fine artists start their composition by imagining. Look at the big
picture, get the general idea, and start sketching. You can add the details later on.
Often while working, the picture that we have in mind does not translate accurately on
the paper. That is often the case; In fact it is good that it has to be because by then
improvisation takes place which is really the beginnings of the mark of true art and
individuality. Many masters agonized over that but worked through it and came up
with unique pieces of art. If you work at it long enough, you will discover that not
over thinking but letting yourself go with the flow of the work does it better. But of
course that would come later.

In the meantime, start by drawing thumbnail sketches. When you have a good idea of
the composition of the picture, start drawing. It is good though when starting to
reduce the picture that you have in mind into smaller shapes. Reducing the figure into
smaller simple pieces makes the canvass more manageable. Start your sketches with
light strokes but keep it as detailed as you want. Always start near the center of the
page.

If the main interest of the subject if not exactly at the center, it must be on a location
that will immediately catch the eye but never start from a corner working your way in.
The same principle applies when applying the strongest tonal contrast. This is what
you call the center of interest. It is here that most details are made. Start with large
and bold movements using soft pencils when starting a sketch and then proceed to
drawing the fine details using finer point pencils. For finishing touches, apply small
and tight strokes.

Another drawing tip that you would want to apply is to work first on large sheets of
inexpensive paper. Working on inexpensive paper is a good way to gain confidence
with practicing hand strokes.

				
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