The fundamentals of drawing come down to your eyes. When you look at things, your eye muscles automatically draw an image on your retina. When the eye muscles move down from the retina, your brain “plays” the image down the long distance. Your brain makes choices, then these mental decisions are encoded or remembered. These choices are a result of your conscious mind making choices, and all of these choices are in your conscious mind.
And then there are decisions made subconsciously by your conscious brain. But if, with any amount of practice, your unconscious brain becomes proficient at making these choices and the brain begins to store and store these memories, it is possible to draw in a very natural and expressive style.
How do you learn how to draw? How do you go about doing it?
This depends a lot on what you want to learn. I usually start with something familiar, and then continue with things that I don’t think would be easy and may have a certain “puzzling” element that I like.
As with anything, the more complex a skill becomes, the quicker you must practice. The “puzzling” aspect is important because you will likely find yourself looking at the drawing and feeling the pressure and the pressure is also good to draw! And finally as you get more and more comfortable, you can add things that are more involved, more difficult, and of course, more fun!
Do you have a “go to” technique for drawing? What’s one sketchbook sketch that you don’t mind putting away when you’re not using it!
Most of my sketches come on an index card in a plastic draw pad (I use index card in my sketchbook.) I never do my drawings on paper because if you make one, then you know it – you do it over and over again and have no idea what you’re doing, and you get really bored. So I don’t draw on paper anyway until I’m done using the computer.
I usually draw on paper first. I draw a line from a subject to the surface of their face (using something like a pencil) and then I draw shapes where they would appear. I like to be able to tell what they will look like, so I take my time working on that.
I also take notes when I’m not making drawings, to keep them for my drawing books because they become better illustrations later on. I use a Sharpie notebook to write things or do drawings, and write
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