Drawing FAQ is a summary of all the different types of artistic questions that I have received over the last couple of years.
(FAQ = Frequently Asked Questions)
I am a hobby artist so I don't pretend to have all the answers, these are simply tips and techniques that I learned along the way.
Before emailing with a question, please check this list to see if your query has already been answered.
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Well, it's not exactly a secret that you need to practice to improve your skills. One of my favorite sayings is 'Nothing will work unless you do.'
Since this is a common Drawing FAQ, here is a small tip to help all beginner artists...
If you are copying from a picture, you can measure the picture with your pencil (or ruler) and make tiny marks on your paper for the size of the object you are copying. Make the marks light enough that you can see them and then you can either draw over them, or erase them.
This is one way that will definitely assist you when you are learning to draw.
Read more indepth information about the measure and mark method.
You're in luck! There's a whole page devoted to learning about light and shade.
The ABC book is perfect for trainee artists.
I only recommend books that I have bought myself.
Everyone likes different types of art books so I promote ones that I think are worthy enough to be mentioned.
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Online books are called 'e-books' which is short for electronic books.
The beauty of an e-book is that you can print off as many copies as you like. This is a fantastic option, you can also print several practice pages for your art. A lot of them also offer free updates for life.
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Believe it or not, this is a frequent Drawing FAQ that I receive.
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Copying an old master gives you the opportunity to study what they did to create the effect of a finished piece.
Masters of drawing in the 1400's and 1500's included Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Durer, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
During the 1600's, Claude, Nicolas Poussin, Rembrandt, and Peter Paul Rubens created important artwork.
In the 1700's, great images were produced by Jean-Honore Fragonard, Francisco Goya, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, and Antoine Watteau.
The Masters during the 1800's included Paul Cezanne, Jacques Louis David, Edgar Degas, Theodore Gericault, Jean Ingres, Odilon Redon, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent Van Gogh.
Great works in the 1900's have been created by Max Beckmann, Willem De Kooning, Jean Dubuffet, Arshile Gorky, Paul Klee, Oscar Kokoschka, Henri Matisse, Jules Pascin, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock.
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Here's a guide for the very few drawing supplies that you need to get started.
Experiment! A 'H' is light and a 'B' is dark.
H grade stands for 'Hard' and they are good for shading. You can't press on hard pencils or you will ruin your paper. Higher numbers on H pencils means the graphite gets harder and lighter.
B stands for 'Black'. A 2B is a very user friendly pencil when you are learning to draw. It can give light or dark strokes, depending on the amount of pressure you use. Higher numbers on B pencils means the graphite gets softer and darker.
HB is in between a 'H' and a 'B'.
Most artists observe then draw - it's natural! It takes time before we become proficient enough to create a good image from our imaginations so be patient with yourself.
You can use some tactics to use to get you started drawing from memory.
Here's another trick to help you draw from memory.
You can hold your pencil the same way as your pen - between the thumb and the first two fingers (generally). This way, your hand won't tire because of the perfect balance you are able to achieve with this comfortable grip.
For light, feathery lines try holding the pencil lightly and half-way up the shaft.
For rich firm effects hold the pencil firmly and lower on the shaft, rubbing the lead to and fro without removing the point from the paper.
For small or detailed illustrations, you might like to hold the pencil lower still.
Hold the pencil in a way that suits you.
Some art tutors will advise you to hold the pencil between the 2nd and 3rd fingers. Don't you think it would be wiser to be comfortable while you wrestle with new drawing techniques?
There are a couple of ways you can do a little test, to see where you are going wrong.
One way to prevent smudging is to place a spare sheet of paper under your hand as you draw. This also stops the oil from your skin getting onto the surface.
You can also turn your paper -- it's easier to draw a horizontal line than it is to draw a vertical line.
You could try tracing the outline of the animal to help you understand the form a bit better.
Only use tracing as a tool to help you learn.
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I started this website to encourage everyone to begin teaching themselves to draw.
I have always been interested in learning to draw but just didn't think I had any talent.
Imagine my delight when I first started by copying existing artwork and others could recognize what I drew? It makes you feel powerful!
Unfortunately for me, I'm in the later half of my life and I don''t want that for you. I want you to discover this hobby now and to experience the richness it brings to your life.
This is a perfect time for you to join me and we can learn to draw together.
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I earn a commission when products are purchased via any direct link on this site. Here is a list of the drawing books that I have bought myself so I can make sure they are good before I recommend them.
I started building this site in 2005 and it's not finished yet!
I'm guessing neither is this list of Drawing FAQ.
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Well folks, that's it! Those are the Drawing FAQ (frequently asked questions) that I have received so far.
I hope you have found the answers to be helpful. I have a profound love for drawing and all I want to do is pass it on to you.
It really is easy, if you want to draw, you can. Just try it by copying simple little images and you'll be amazed by your own efforts.
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