Tips for new & beginning artists – drawing

If you ask someone to draw you a picture, what is the most common response? Why, they’ll tell you they’re bad at drawing, of course! Many people mistakenly believe that they posses no artistic ability and are embarrassed to show their work. Don’t let this sort of attitude keep you from drawing like a pro!  All you need is a few basic tools and a true artist’s mindset.

The first step toward improving your artistic skills if you are a just beginning to create art is to take a deep breath and relax. Understand that your first attempts at “good drawing” may not be as impressive as you’d imagined. No one produces a Picasso on the first try! The key to becoming skilled is to have patience and enjoy the ride.

Once you’ve entered the right frame of mind, seek out the proper work place. Pick a spot where you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you can find a place where no one will bother you, that’s even better! A good artist knows that creativity will flow in an environment you enjoy. Also remember that part of making a calm environment is giving yourself a generous amount of time to practice. Feeling as though you are in hurry is never beneficial to the creative process.

Now you’re ready to pick an object to draw. Something with a simple form or basic shape is best. Do not start off trying to perfectly capture the form of that intricate cherub statue you love; this will only lead to frustration. A teapot, vase, or stack of books could be the ideal starting point.

Several blank pieces of paper and a sharpened pencil are all you need for this exercise—nothing fancy here! It is probably not worth your time to go out and buy an expensive sketchpad or expert’s pencils for these first few practice sessions. With such professional tools, you may feel pressured to immediately produce professional work. A regular number two pencil and an old notebook will work just as well for your purposes. As a beginner, don’t forget to allow yourself quite a few pieces of paper. You will feel more freedom to make mistakes if you know that you can easily start over again.

Once you’ve begun drawing, keep drawing! It is common as a new artist to want to constantly stop and evaluate your progress. This will often lead to discouragement if you don’t keep your artist’s mindset. The true artist knows that a work of art is not always “pretty” in its beginning stages. Also, pausing continually may interrupt your creative flow. Retain your focus and keep moving forward– you may be pleasantly surprised with the results.

In the end, you may find yourself less than delighted with your drawing. At this point, try to look at your work objectively rather than emotionally. It’s tempting to compare yourself with other artists, but be reasonable about evaluating your own skills at your current level of expertise. Also, make note of how you felt when you were drawing. Was it a relaxing experience, or were you concentrating too hard on the end result? Remember that for the majority of artists, the best work happens when they are more focused on the process rather than the product.

Following these tips and having an artist’s mindset the next time you want to practice your drawing skills will help you actually enjoy the processes and therefore become more motivated. Essential parts of a productive drawing experience include staying relaxed, setting up the right environment, and having the proper tools in place. Practice hard, and the next time someone asks you to draw a picture you can say with confidence: “Sure!”

Editor,  © The Artist Studio, 2012

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