Let’s start this article with inspirational words from famous artists…
“A painting should evoke a thought, a memory or idea to the viewer. I will give you an example. My 90-year-old grandmother has one of my earlier paintings on her wall in a nursing home. It is a painting of my grandfather (her husband who passed away years ago) walking down to the ocean to his boat in Newfoundland from a small cabin on a hill above the sea. I personally never appreciated the piece. She told me she looks at it every day and gets something out of it. She loves it. I realized now that this is the whole purpose of art, to communicate a memory a thought or an idea.”
“An artist should draw people constantly, by any means possible,” says Michael Grimaldi, director of the New York Academy of Art’s drawing program. While you might be good skills of drawing, with regards to refining your drawing skills, this requires a commitment to practice as opposed to sheer ability. Luckily, there are numbers of things you can do to polish your drawing skills. Drawing is one of the most basic approaches to exercise your creativity. Learning the fundamentals is simple to do, but like all art, they require a lot of practice to master. But once you do, you’ll have the ability to create images you’re truly proud of.
“It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to, the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.”
Here are some ways to improve and overcome drawing problems:
Draw shapes. Try drawing the five basic shapes:
There are five basic shapes of drawing and all drawings are derived from these five fundamental shapes.
Work on concealing with the shapes, lighting them from various directions. This trains you for more complex shapes down the track; don't get impatient with it. Use different drawing tools; pencils of varying thicknesses, pens, markers, colored pencils, charcoal, and so on. This will assist you to get a feel for various mediums.
Practice leads to improvement. The approach to making something to show up truly 3d and give it a lot of weight is to apply to shade to it. Start by shading the basic structures and then apply the ideas to more complex combinations. You won't show signs of improvement except if you participate in the endeavor. The more you practice the more sure you'll turn into.
Shade only in one direction:
However, while shading in a straight line is useful for most objects, for things like animals or leaves, shading along with the curves of the object will help it read easily.
Draw from photos:
For the vast majority, it’s simpler to reproduce a picture that’s already two-dimensional than reproduce a genuine object, individual or environment. When you’re working from photographs, see edges, shapes, and angles.
Draw from life:
In case you're simply beginning, pick basic items and practice your way up to complex ones. Draw your furniture hands and feet, and your living spaces. If you practice daily, you'll essentially have the option to draw anything.
Take a class and ask for help and advice:
Try not thinking you have to develop your inner artist on your own. Request artists, art teachers, friends and anyone you trust to give you suggestions. These practices will keep you accountable. A teacher will correct your weaknesses. Watching others draw is immensely beneficial for building your own observational skills. Listen to their suggestions which will help you improve the areas of your drawing skills that need it, and to learn new ways of doing your art.
Don't give up practice and enjoy drawing as a passion:
Drawing isn't something you master in one night; in addition, it is something that you need a lot of practice and passion to become a successful artist. There are a majority of artists who continued doing their specialty all through numerous years would frequently change their styles over decades, reflecting newly discovered learning, better approaches for pushing the limits and basically trying to change and improve. As it were, improving your drawing abilities, regardless of how great you are as of now, is a work forever and is consistently in progress.
“It is a widely accepted notion among painters that it does not matter what one paints as long as it is well painted. This is the essence of academicism. There is no such thing as good painting about nothing.”
-- Mark Rothko
What are the Functions of Art?
Art As Therapy – is a book which is written by Alain De Bottom and John Armstrong they explain seven functions of art. They explain how art empowers us to grow, reflect and evolve in our understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world we live in.
Artists not only preserve a visual reminder of a memory, but they also record the feeling related to the memory.
Art reminds us that there is beauty in the world that we can endeavor to see it, welcome it, and have it
Art doesn't simply expand our ability for satisfaction, it approves ours distresses.
We gain balance through art by taking a moment to observe, judge, and acknowledge things we don't typically observe and our reactions to them.
Art forces you to respond and empathize with situations that you’re not accustomed to. This is growth.
Art motivates us to revisit the value of basic things like the pretty colors in a sprinkle of morning light on a table cloth or the well-known and nostalgic parts of old beer cans.
Drawing Tips by talent artists: How do you find inspiration?
Joseph M. Catimbang, aka Pentasticarts, is always on the lookout for motivation. “Draw anywhere you are,” he says. Climbing is ever-prepared to sketch.“I always carry a pocket sketchbook wherever I go,” he explains. “It helps me do my conceptualization. Whenever I get an idea I have my pocket sketchbook with me so I can create a rough sketch of what I was thinking at the moment, I would later use these concepts to create final illustrations either for a personal project or collaboration.”