Old Barn Drawing
Do you have a favorite old barn drawing in your reference clippings that you like?
I encourage all trainee artists to attempt to draw a barn at least once in their first year. I was drawing for about 7 months when I created the images on this page so they are not works of art but they show you
what is possible even if you truly doubt yourself. I was in your shoes and the growth of confidence is a process, but it does happen, so please be patient.
I did this barn drawing (below) from memory, I saw it when we went for a drive in the country one weekend. I arrived home and did a quick outline to remind me of its simplicity.
The barn was sitting on an empty block of land and it resembled a sad reminder of days long gone. A little bit more character was added to the picture with the way the doors were hanging from their hinges.
I was driving so I had no time to note how many boards were between the top of the doors and the roof of the shed -- I could have used this information to help me achieve a better perspective.
With your favorite barn picture in hand, just lightly sketch in the outline of the barn.
To help you create the image you have in mind, keep going over the lines until they feel and look right to you.
Next, you draw in the panels and decide whether you want your barn drawing to have a door or just an opening.
Again, it is your choice whether you add in shadows so refer to your picture which shows you the areas that require shading. An artist can also change this effect by choosing the angle of the sun and adding shadow opposite the source of light.
The trees and grass can be made up of all different strokes so have fun with it and experiment to find which style you like.
In this pencil drawing of an old barn above, I put a horse shoe on the ledge inside the door. My Dad has an old shed and when I walk in there, that is the first thing I see. This is so consistent with most old barns and you'll most likely find lots of bottles, cans and an assortment of odds and ends. These are things that the owner thinks will come in handy one day!
If you have always wanted to draw, now is a good time to be constructive and see how you fare designing some old barn drawings.
All of these illustrations were created when I was such a novice and that is obvious by the way I drew the trees!
Once you study pencil artwork, you discover that they really are just a series of lines - and you get to decide how you want to construct them.
I am proud to be a self taught artist but at this stage I'm not about to try and teach you all about perspective or anything like that. I am here to encourage you to start drawing and it is only a suggestion that you start with old barn drawings. Draw things that interest you and you will do very well.
Old barn drawings make a great frameable piece of art because of their character. Ask your family and friends which is their favorite and then frame the one that wins the vote.
This is a sketch of a typical hay barn.
How many times have you driven past a farm and you see all the hay stacked up in the barn like this?
Next time you go driving, take a sketch pad and 2B pencil with you. A mechanical pencil with 2B lead is great for travelling because you don't need to sharpen it.
You only need to do rough outlines while you are out and your inspiration will complete the drawing once you are back home.
My images are too light because the strokes are tentative. This is natural when you start drawing so allow yourself time to become confident and sure. Nurture this hobby and it will be your faithful companion for life.
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