Why Do You Want to Draw

by ryan on February 22, 2018




Why Do You Want to Draw?

 

People want to draw for many different reasons. Drawing is an ideal creative outlet because it doesn’t require expensive materials or extensive preparation. You can simply pick up a piece of paper and a pencil and start drawing!

Most of us want to draw because we simply like the feeling of creating something. The act of sketching is rhythmic and soothing, as our eyes glance back and forth between our drawing and the subject of our drawing.

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As we draw, our hand slips into a rhythm as our pencil glides across the paper. We slide into a quiet state of mind and reach an inner stillness. Hours can pass in this manner and we wouldn’t even notice because we feel such a sense of unity with our surroundings.

Drawing is a way of getting in touch with reality. The act of drawing helps us to interpret the world around us. By taking the time to learn to see clearly, we begin to experience the world more fully, allowing ourselves the time and space to be more fully present and mentally alert.

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When we learn to observe the world around us through the act of making art, we begin to appreciate all the special characteristics that make each human, animal, object and situation unique.

Drawing can enrich your life on many levels. You don’t need to understand why you want to draw in order to benefit from it. Many of us are drawn to art because we have an inexplicable urge to create. We couldn’t explain it if we tried. Whether you are 16 or 106, you still may not be able to explain in words why you want to draw. This is because words are inadequate when it comes to explaining the mysteries of life.

As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” This is because you can express and communicate far more in a single picture than you could with 1,000 words.

Art is part of the mystery of life. Art helps us makes sense of it all. Even if we can’t make sense of it all, art at least helps get us through it. This is why art is therapeutic for many of us. Drawing allows us the benefit of a creative outlet.

When we draw, we are allowed to create whatever we want on that paper. We are allowed to express our own inner vision. We can show the world who we are and what we think. Every mark of the pencil on that paper is our own unique mark, and when we continue adding mark upon mark, those marks pile up to create a unique drawing that can never be repeated by anyone, ever.

In this way, drawing helps us celebrate our uniqueness.

Some people like to draw because drawing is an excellent stress reliever. Even if you’re just drawing doodles, it feels great to get into that rhythmic flow as your pencil travels across the paper. The act of drawing can transform a negative mindset into a positive one. It can calm down a scattered brain and bestow a sense of peace upon an anxious mind.

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Sketching faces is a great activity because when you draw someone’s face, it’s like looking into their soul. You can get a real feel for the person. You can understand them in quite an intimate way that you never have before, because you learn every nook and cranny of their face, from the lines by their eyes to the length of their eyelashes and the proportions of their nose.

When you draw your family and friends, you can give these drawings to them as special gifts. Hand-drawn portraits are excellent gifts because they are totally unique and heartfelt. Portraits take time and effort to create, so when you draw a portrait of someone, you are showing them how much you care.

In short, asking yourself why you want to draw helps you get in tune with your creative self. You may not reach any definitive conclusions about why you want to draw – but that’s okay, as long as you enjoy the process, that’s all that matters!

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Learn Sketching Into

by ryan on February 22, 2018




Learn Sketching Into

 

The best way to learn to sketch is to jump right in and sketch. A “sketch” is different from a completed drawing because a sketch can be done quickly, without worrying about details or even making things complete.

This allows you a lot of freedom when learning how to sketch a face.

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When you first learn how to sketch, you only need to focus on capturing the essence of the person’s face. Later, when you’re ready, you can turn it into a more realistic face sketch.

When you learn to sketch, you can either use a pen or a pencil. They will each yield different results. For the purposes of this article, we’ll discuss how to sketch a face with a pencil.

The best way to get started with face sketching is to create gesture drawings of various faces. “Gesture drawings” are basically quick sketches that you create while working in a rapid manner. In gesture drawings, your goal is to depict the overall idea of the face, rather than draw the exact details. To do this, you should spend more time looking at the person’s face, rather than looking at the paper. Quickly sketch the outline of the person’s face and then sketch the main facial features. Keep your hand and pencil in motion at all times.

Don’t worry about details at this point. Right now, your main goal is to loosen your wrist, get yourself into the creative mindset, and practice “seeing” clearly.

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You can do this kind of face sketching anywhere. It is great practice when you are sitting on a bench in a public place and watching the people pass by. Because the people only stay in your field of vision for a short amount of time, you are forced to work quickly to capture the essence of their faces.

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If you want to spend more time learning how to sketch a face that is more detailed and create a realistic face sketch that is more “polished”, you can either work from a live model that is sitting still for you, or you can learn how to draw lifelike portraits from photographs. This page will discuss how to learn sketching by working from a live model.

When you learn to sketch from a live model, start your pencil strokes lightly. Use quick movements to capture the essence of the face, just as you would with a quick gesture drawing. This is why it is good to learn gesture drawing first when you want to learn face sketching – because when you sit down to create a realistic face sketch, you will be able to build on the observation skills you’ve already picked up from gesture drawing.

Observe the live model carefully and study the angle of the face. Quickly and lightly sketch the outline of the head. Don’t worry about erasing too much at this stage, because once you draw the main outline of the face, you will go over and correct anything that is not in proportion. In general, you may not want to erase any lines at all, because these lines can add character to your realistic face sketch! Try it and see.

Generally speaking, the human head is an upside-down egg shape that is wider at the forehead and gently tapers downward, becoming narrower at the chin. There are many different types of face shapes, so look at your model carefully and make sure that you draw what you see. Resist the temptation to simply draw an oval or egg shape.

Next, observe the location and angle of the nose, and draw a quick vertical line to signify the nose. You’ll go back and draw it in more detail later. Now observe the location of the eyes and draw a horizontal line indicate where they are located in proportion to the rest of the facial features. Draw another horizontal line between the lips. Draw the outline of the ears.

Now that you’ve drawn the “main idea” for the face, you can use your observation skills to draw a more detailed and realistic face sketch. An important part of learning how to sketch a face is getting the proportions correct. There is no set, easy formula for mentally calculating the proportions of facial features that will work every time because it will entirely depend on the angle of the person’s face.

For instance, when they are facing you straight on, the proportions of their eyes in relation to one another will be completely different from what they are when they are facing to the left and looking downwards. This is why it’s so important to hone your observation skills and learn to draw what you actually see.

If you are a beginner, you could check this out. It is the result of many years’ of teaching.

And if any of you have kids – or if you are a kid – try this.

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In general, here are some basic tips about the proportion that you can follow when face sketching:

When the model is facing you directly, the eyes will be equal length and the space between them will equal the length of one eye. When they are posed at an angle, the eye that is further away will be slightly smaller than the eye that is closer to you. The length of the nose is usually the same as the length of an eye.

To create a realistic face sketch, pay attention to what makes this face different from other faces. In addition to the angles and proportions, pay attention to the lights and shadows. Above all, when learning how to sketch, always strive to draw what you actually see.

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