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Art creation & techniques

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We all love to draw. We pick up our pencils and attempt to sketch out rough figures trying hard to remember how the figure looked and then there are some among us who can sketch fine and complex figures of great beauty faster than we can finish a simple drawing with a pencil. We think they are gifted by God and we have been sort of left out. This is not the case we just need to know the proper techniques of drawing and practice them a lot and improvements will come gradually and at a point drawing will look as easy as pie.

 

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Whether you are into oil, acrylic or watercolor painting or any other form of drawing like caricatures or cartoons the first and most important step is actually drawing the object. I will discuss some of the most basic principles of drawing and provide some useful tips.

 

 

Before sketching always practice drawing straight lines and circles with just a pencil. Whatever you are drawing ensure there is enough lighting around the object. Place different object at different positions as this will improve your sense of perspective. Size up the subject with your eye and use different lengths of parts of your pencil to get a rough idea of the shape of different parts of the subject. For drawing outlines use bold strokes and grip it in a way that makes use of the side- not the tip- thus maximizing its utility. Use the tip for intricate designs. While sketching use the techniques of hatching, cross-hatching, stipping, back and forth stroke, scumbling and try to shade in patches as this gives perspective, good background and texture. Try to provide 3D effect by making thick lines fade and vanish into shadows and by taking care of the line weight avoiding outlines that make the subjects in the drawing look flat. Use stumps, eraser, clothes, fingers and other blending tools to smudge and create brilliant contrasts of light and dark. Drawing skies and clouds will take you a great way. Always keep a paper under your hand so as to avoid any unnecessary smudging. Experiment with different grades of pencils and make subtle shifts in width and darkness of lengths of lines to create the desired dynamic effect.

 

 

Now take into account some important tips. Practice drawing some simple and common things very often. Try drawing fruits, eyes, wine bottles, drapes and curtains, mouths, faces, types of hairs, animal furs, simple animals and birds. Sketching glasses of water, water bodies and spherical bodies will give you plenty of insight how light and shadows coexist on paper. Practice silhouette drawings and movie/cartoons characters a lot to perfect drawing the human body. To avoid boring repetition, try keeping your lines symmetrical and other elements asymmetrical. Take a tracing paper, place it on top of favorite images and just simply draw it. Yes, that sounds astoundingly simple but it will heavily impact your skills. Practice drawing for hours every day and for the first few months stick to the basics of drawing straight and curved lines, ovals, circles, spheres, light and shadows and 3D drawings. Good luck with effort as surely just by trying out the above mentioned methods you will feel like a pro in a matter of months and then you can go into coloring your drawings.

 

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