Sometimes I meet with the opinion that beginners do not know how to start learning a drawing. Although they are interested in the subject, they have no idea where to get the right knowledge. In this post I would like to shed some light on this subject and guide people who are just starting their adventure with learning drawing to appropriate sources. You should also read my article on the basics of the illustrator’s knowledge. I list areas in it that are worth exploring when drawing.
- If you are a person who is an absolute beginner, you can start from finding in the internet (I assume you have internet as you read this post), how to draw step by step eg on pinterest / youtube or in general Google search engine. Simply type step by step drawing. In this way you will find a lot of tips on how to use simple shapes to draw something more complicated. By the way, you will start training one of the basic skills of the illustrator – knowledge of basic shapes (you can also find out about them on my blog) and generally muscles in your hand.
- books – another fantastic source of knowledge devoted to the subject of drawing. Of course, in the age of the Internet, this point loses some importance. However, it is worth remembering that often in the book you have systematic and grouped knowledge, contained in a logical whole. On the internet, unfortunately, you have such amount of information that you need to sort this excess of knowledge so that it does not overwhelm you. Books that you should use are those about art history, textbooks about drawing, but also artbooks (i.e., albums with illustrations of other artists) to be inspired.
Books that I have and I can recommend:
- all Andrew Loomis books, quite expensive, but they are worth the price. However, if you can not afford it, search for the author’s name in the search engine – there are many scans of single pages from his books.
- Anatomy for artists – an excellent book about drawing a human body, it is no accident that many cartoonists have it on their shelves.
- Getting to learn drawing nowadays we have many more possibilities than previous generations because we have a rich internet resource available (just as it is easier to promote yourself and find a community of other cartoonists, more on this below) So if you are already at a higher level than drawing from simple shapes, look for more advanced tutorials. You can choose from, for example, YT or fanpage on fb with tips, thematic blogs. The world of knowledge is open to you, you just need to use the search engine. In the next post I will create a list of materials available on the web, which I used and use.
- You can also use platforms with paid online courses (often they are at a higher level, with more systematic knowledge). You can choose, for example, Skillshare or Udemy. In skillshare, we have the advantage that it is often possible to find other illustrators in the free two-month subscription – I will make it available soon too.
- To learn how to draw you can also take the stationary courses, we have at our disposal workshops that offer, among others, drawing models. However, if you do not have access to such courses, don’t be sad. You can also find models posing on YouTube and you can also ask someone to pose, obviously not necessarily naked. All the rest of knowledge as I have already mentioned can also be found in the Internet. The advantage of the stationery course is undoubtedly contact with the mentor who runs it, but you can also deal with it in a different way.
- Going for example to a place where you can meet other artists for some event. Often drawers can be found at various conventions. The community is very important because you can ask others for opinion, try to be unobtrusive. Remember to respect that some people will not have time / willing to give you advice. If someone gives you constructive criticism and advice, try to accept it with humility. It is an indispensable element of learning and will help you. You can also look for people who draw on the internet on various forums or groups.
- Referring to the point above, also watching the work of other artists is extremely useful. Watch how they create their works, how they achieved the final result. You can copy their work as part of the practice. However, only for learning, remember do not publish such drawings, because it infringes on copyright. If you were inspired a little, you can post a illustration, but certainly with the author of the original)
practice is your best friend
- Most of the earlier points refer mainly to the theory, however as in every field of knowledge, practice is the most important so it is in the drawing. The most important thing for you should be sketching, sketching and sketching once again. You need to develop muscle memory and the ability to draw flawless lines. Your brain needs to learn how to manage your hand, and how to change the 3D world around it into a two-dimensional drawing on a piece of paper. It is also always the case that when we draw something for the first time, we need to learn new shapes. Therefore, help with drawing from sources – from photos or from nature (you can also use the text from where to start learning )
- To start with, you just need to draw paper and a pencil. Of course, it would ideally be a paper with a better weight than a printer paper (it is thicker and more resistant to erasing, it is better to draw on it) and pencils of various degree of softness (they will draw lighter and darker lines – it is easier to shade then). There is also no better way to discover what kind of drawing techniques you like and which suits us best by experimenting with various artistic media (buying not the most expensive materials, often described by the word student). You can also experiment with free graphics programs. This is also a way to broaden artistic horizons and learn.
- The most important final advice is that if you are passionate about something, try to have the greatest as possible and the most intense contact with it. Then surely your learning will be faster.
I hope that with this post I helped to find you yourself in the jungle of new information. If you have additional questions, you need advice or opinion about your drawing, write to me through the contact tab or through social media.