Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides

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Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« on: April 28, 2020, 01:19:00 AM »
Anyone an artist here? Doodle or professional? I was talented as a kid, but high school kicked it out of me and it's been a regret I never took that raw talent anywhere. So I'm trying to learn how to draw again, and I'm doing it properly this time. Fundamentals > build skills and knowledge > drawing what I want. Anyone else in the same boat, or actually kept at it through high school and into adulthood?

I've found Draw A Box a terrific resource, it has instructional guides for every step of an artist's journey, from complete novice to someone who knows what they're doing. And it's free! https://drawabox.com/
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2020, 12:14:08 PM »
Sorry, not me. Can't draw to save my life.
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2020, 01:46:36 AM »
My masterpiece was drawing a gigantic cock on my buddy’s car one winter. A few hours after I left a girl he knew came over and told him “hey, nice cock on the hood of your car.”
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2020, 02:06:42 PM »
Ha! I once drew a complete nude female anatomy (generously proportioned) in snow outside my school using a stick. I got detention but it was well worth it for the bragging rights.
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2020, 07:44:25 PM »
I drew a penis on all the white boards on every floor at my current job (17 floors in total, 1-3 white boards per floor). People are starting to turn up to work now. I wonder if they'll know the lonely mail man is the only person who kept working during lockdown.

Reminds me of this:

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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2020, 07:46:07 PM »
Cat, your post made me snort!
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2020, 08:05:50 PM »
When the mice are away, the cat gets to play!
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2020, 08:26:26 PM »
A penis on every whiteboard and a cat in every hat!
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2020, 11:29:55 AM »
Sorry, didn't see this before now. Oh yeah, I have suggestions. :)

The classical way to learn to draw is outlined in The Natural Way to Draw by Kimon Nicolaides, published, I believe, in the '40's. That was my main text the first year or two of college.

The more "modern" take on that is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Personally, I think the instructions are identical to Nicolaides' with a bunch of psychology tossed in, but a lot of people seem to prefer it (Nicolaides' text is pretty dry.)

If I remember correctly, both of those focus mainly on figure drawing (the thinking being, if you can draw the human figure well, you can draw anything.)

If you're set on self-teaching ... get a pencil and paper and start drawing! And keep everything, at least at first, and check it in a couple years ... if you've really been practicing, you should be able to see the improvement. Don't expect too much of yourself in the beginning; try to enjoy the process of drawing, rather than the results. (Hard, I know, esp. for adults. We're so tough on ourselves!)

I don't know what kind of drawing you (ultimately) want to do, but I also highly recommend the Urban Sketchers approach. This is a world-wide, er, group? Organization? Both of those make it sound more organized than it is. :-) But the idea is ... you get a drawing utensil, a sketchbook, go out in the world, draw whatever you see ... then post it on the internet. There's a website for the international community, but there's tons of local chapters. For instance, there's one in the town near me, we post everything on a Facebook page. Some of the drawings are great, most are really awful, but the ones who keep at it the most are getting quite good at it. Plus from there you discover other styles, ideas, etc.

http://www.urbansketchers.org/ is the international site. They have a list of "official" chapters, with links, but there's unofficial chapters too (like the one near me.) Search Facebook. Here's one NOT near me: :) -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/727152420728961. In particular check out John Hancock's work. Met him once; extraordinary artist, superlative teacher and really nice guy.

Finally, if this lockdown ever ends, find a class and take it. Not just for the instruction, but also to get feedback and connect with other artists. There might even be a formal art group in your area to join. The main thing is, hanging around with other artists is a great motivator to keep drawing.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2020, 09:54:37 PM »
Thanks so much Twilight!  ;D ;D ;D

I think I’ve got drawing penises down pat, time to move on to other themes.

Basically I want to illustrate my own picture books. Look up French artist team Atelier Sento. Also Hayao Miyazaki, Osamu Tezuka, classic ‘80’s animation. 
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2020, 07:20:16 PM »
My masterpiece was drawing a gigantic cock on my buddy’s car one winter. A few hours after I left a girl he knew came over and told him “hey, nice cock on the hood of your car.”

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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2020, 07:30:12 PM »
I helped build a snowman with a very large appendage a long time ago. But I can't draw worth a damn.
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2020, 03:45:59 PM »
I helped build a snowman with a very large appendage a long time ago. But I can't draw worth a damn.
I was always confused on what the carrot was for, and I got in trouble with my mom for where I placed it. Genuine mistake.
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2020, 04:16:08 PM »
I helped build a snowman with a very large appendage a long time ago. But I can't draw worth a damn.
I was always confused on what the carrot was for, and I got in trouble with my mom for where I placed it. Genuine mistake.
Boys are so dumb! hee
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Re: Learning to Draw - tips, resources, and guides
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2020, 01:26:50 AM »
I’m just starting to learn how to draw.

I’m doing it the same way I learned how to play the guitar : reproduce. I’m reproducing photos, at the moment, using crayons.

There’s a lot of similarities between drawing and playing music. Choosing a color is like choosing a sound, basically.

Here’s what it looks like :




A dangerous idea that almost makes sense...