Updated: May 19, 2020

Many will tell you that there is no shortcut to becoming better at drawing, you should just PRACTICE.


This is only PARTIALLY TRUE. Practice is definitely the key to better drawing but there is more to it then that.


Your practice should be smart and well planned in order to evolve your drawing skills - practice alone will take ages before yielding any noteworthy results.


I am now going to share with you the SECRET to becoming better. You might not like it at beginning but once you see its results you will be amazed.


This strategy is fairly simple, look for an artist whose work appeal to you and try to redraw their art. In a very short time you will notice yourself becoming more skilled and comfortable at expressing your ideas and art.


Just be patient and refrain from thinking that there is no use in redrawing other's art and that you should draw strictly from your imagination. You will get there but you have to PRACTICE first!


Why this method works?


First of all, applying this method keeps things interesting as you are only looking at and drawing things you like. And it is EXTREMELY EASY, as you do not have to think too much about what you have to draw.


The most important reason why this works, however, is that it encourages you to form storage of facial expression, poses, body types, etc., which you will be able to draw from different angles in your art.


Once you have practiced enough using this method, you will notice how you can now draw from your imagination very easily and accurately. You should practice redrawing the parts that are most important to you.


For example, I have always struggled with drawing eyes for my characters and so I searched the internet (Pinterest mostly) to find drawn eyes that I like and then practiced them for quite a while. Now, not only I can easily draw eyes that I really like but I have been able to find my style due to the countless amount of art I have been exposed to.


What you GAIN from practicing this method is beyond count and it is always USEFUL. I am still going back to my favorite artists whenever I am not sure about how a certain element in my work should be, be it the eyes, the hair, the poses, etc., this method always comes to my aid, making drawing a much more relaxing and a liberating experience.


Give it a try, you will not regret it.


Below is an example of how I applied this method:


I practiced drawing comic characters I like and then produced my own based on the practice results.

The Left is the practice drawing, the right is the application - purely from my imagination with no reference at all.


Please share your thoughts on this article and tell me if it helped you at all. You can also send me your work to be showcased in the site's gallery.



Until next post, take care!


Ahmed


Updated: May 19, 2020

Form is a crucial element in art. Learning how to convey form is of utmost value for an artist.


Continuing from our last lesson on lines, I will try to explain in this article how correct understanding and usage of lines ONLY can communicate form in a relatively realistic way as in the example below.



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Many may not find this sort of drawing appealing but this is one of the most illustrative examples of how single employment of lines can create a realistic drawing.


Here the artist bends the lines to flow with the natural shape of the body communicating a strong visual illusion of form. He also manipulates the spacing between the lines to create shadows or highlights.


Notice for example the lips, the nostrils, the space between the eyes, these were created by a simple, yet smart clustering of lines together.


As for the highlighted areas, observe the eye lid, tip of the nose, the chin. Any part which was protruding was left white or had wide lines across its surface.


As you can see, understanding how to manipulate lines in this fashion will aid you in creating more realistic and lively pieces.


Quick Tip


Try drawing a ball and draw lines in its shape to communicate its round surface. Do so for other shapes and objects and see the difference.


Feel free to send me your drawings for feedback. I would appreciate your comments to improve my content and help you further with your art.


"Never give up! Whatever you want already exists, you just have to wake up to it".

Ahmed


Updated: Sep 24, 2020

by Ahmed

Artist, Writer & Illustrator


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The "I Can't Draw" Myth


It's often the same answer when you ask someone to draw for the first time


''I can't draw, I don't have the talent''.


Nothing could have been more untrue!


There is no doubt that we are all are born with different capacities which enable us to do certain things better than others, but it is equally true that you can develop any of your lower tier skills to match and even exceed those of natural talent.


Not convinced, huh? Well, read on and let's see if I can get to you look at things differently.




How & Why Can You Too Learn to Draw?

The Seven Components of Art


Making a beautiful drawing or painting is nothing more than the effective application and understanding of what is called The Seven Components of Art: line, color, shape, shadow, value, form, space, and texture.


Those whom we readily identify as natural talent are simply people who are born with a more acute sense of understanding of these elements.


Don't freak out!

This is great news for you!


This means even if you have absolutely no artistic talent you can learn how to draw stunning art by getting familiar with how these elements combine and interact with one another.


In this article I'm going to only address one element: Line. In my opinion, learning this first is the easiest and fastest way to learning and improving your art.


Most of us begin drawing by using only lines. Remember the stick man, and the poor flattened fish you so proudly smack onto your art book in art class. They were very simple, but they employ the same strategy that all artists use to create the most complex work. They use lines!


Now just take a moment and think what makes the next drawing appealing? How did it come together with only lines of ink?



This drawing style is completely dependent on lines and the more you understand how to manipulate your lines, the better and more realistic your drawing can become.


In fact, you should really consider drawing with only lines. It will deepen your understanding of structure and challenge you, since you are working with very limited tools.


Line Direction


As you can see, every line in this drawing has a particular direction which is used to signal proportion, form and depth.


Take it as a general rule, straight lines or uniform lines stiffens your piece. What makes a drawing pop is the diversity and change in angles and line weight.


A perfect example of this can be clearly observed in the shape of the eye. If you ever tried to draw an eye, and most likely you did, you will see that not a single part of it is has a straight line.


Try to resist the temptation to use straight lines next time you draw and I assure you you will feel the difference.


Loosen up and let all your lines have an organic feel.


Line Weight


It is again the same principle when we talk about line weight - you need diversity.


Lines which are the same width from the start to finish are simply boring!


I am sure you know a little about that and you may very well have experimented with this principle, especially while drawing eyelashes.


But let me stop you here for a while and ask you this: Why does make eyelashes beautiful?


Think...


Exactly! They are appealing because they begin with a heavy stroke then end with a very thin one until it seem to disappear in space.


Human Nature


As human, we are naturally attracted to things that are designed in this way.


Just look at nature, look at the color of flowers, they are of deep saturated color at base and move further they are lighter, less saturated and for some reason more beautiful to our eyes.


The human eye loves this gradual and subtle from dark to light, from large to small, and so on.


So make use of this and implement it in your art!


Final Tip


Referring back again to the eye drawing above, notice how the lower lid of the eyes differ from the upper lid.


Next time you are drawing eyes, use a thinner line for the lower lid and you will notice an immediate difference.


This should be kept in mind while drawing every part of the eye, and in all your drawing for that matter. Just remember, straight lines, same angles, uniform line wight is bad for your drawing.


Diversify!


It will make your art ten folds better.


This concludes the first lesson of my Anyone Can Draw Series. Next lesson will continue to elaborate on lines and may touch upon values and how they convey form.


Until then, keep on drawing ,at least one drawing a day. Nothing beats practice.


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See you.