tips, tricks, advice, anything that could be helpful to a young artist
becoming an artist
entertain yourself. If you can make yourself laugh, or feel emotional, or shocked, then you’re onto something :)
try drawing something you’ve never drawn before
when drawing from life, keep primary focus on the subject, not the page
try using different mediums to make art: draw, paint, sculpt, build, compute, photography, video, audio, writing, more!
make art for yourself first
decide if you want to explain your art to someone, or let them interpret it themselves
fill the page
yes as the way expansive and non-judgemental.
embracing the uncertainty.
with head/thought and heart/feeling.
i've got lots of diff teachable ideas on my YouTube ->> on Internet Art or Glitch Art or experimental 3D or more Glitch Art
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to see things through to the end.
I used to give up way too soon and not finish projects ... just move on to the next thing without finishing the first.
I started forcing myself to finish things and learn SO much more now from the process plus when you have something finished even if it's not your favorite at the moment, you can go back a month or two later and look/listen with fresh eyes/ears and be MUCH more objective in your evaluation of the work than when you are in the middle of doing it and so focused on one aspect or the other of it.
"Take what you want and leave the rest."
There's a lot of good suggestions out there, but they are only that - suggestions. Use what seems useful and leave the rest for later.
Draw from observation. Draw lots of still lives, whatever is on the desk, or bottles and cans and flowers arranged nice. Draw cats and dogs because they move around a lot and you'll learn how to draw quick gestures. Real life is better than drawing from a photograph. But drawing from a photograph is good too.
The Anatomy Coloring Book, by Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson
- An amazing way to learn muscles and human anatomy.
Drawing From the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards
- A classic beginner's guide to drawing techniques. A lot of good stuff of techniques and things.
The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron
- A self help new age approach to being an artist. Many worth while tidbits.
The Animator's Survival Kit, by Richard Williams
- Awesome book on principles of traditional animation, if they want to do that
The Art Spirit, by Robert Henri
-1920s art student book
Astonish Yourself: 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Life, by Roger-Pol Droit
-interesting thought experiments
I had a teacher when I was young who really encouraged to not ever erase. He would say, "erasers are fascist tools." which is to say, a lot of time can be spent drawing and erasing.
Another thing is to learn to draw bold single lines. It is instinctive to start by drawing sketchy lines that repeat themselves. It's helpful and fun to learn to draw the confident, bold, long line. This can often be achieved by adding speed to drawing the line. A faster stroke will make the line less wiggly.
Then for more advanced drawing line techniques, there is line thickness control. There's sort of two main elements of line thickness. going from soft to hard pressure. And going for hard to soft pressure. And then a third which is a combination of the two, coming in soft, going to hard, then going out soft. There's also a distinction between 'pushing' into the paper, and pulling away from the paper. It could be worth while to spend a sheet of paper on each style of stroke. I did exercises like this when I worked as a caricature artist in 2015.
Another philosophical thing I encourage is the difference between technique and expression. Technique comes with years of practice. But everyone can be expressive. Stick figures are nothing to scoff at, they are extremely expressive.
Draw a World, by Ed Emberley
- a dictionary of how to draw cool simple stick figures
Career Planning for Artists
If he's interested in trying traditional drawing, one thing I would say that I wish was said to me is - remember that drawing is sculptural. It's hard to resist going right in for the details; an eye, mouth, whatever you want the final image to express. But a good likeness in portraiture can be achieved by building with shapes, like sculpting. If you can get the shape of somebody's nugget right, people will recognize them before the features are even added.
find the underlying shapes of what you're drawing
don't always use solid lines, try dotted or implied lines
learn to draw perspective
I really wanted to put together something comprehensive, realizing that I'm probably not going to have enough for it to be so, therefore I'll feed you some thoughts that were most memorable to me during my development.
Coming from a pretty straight-forward visual art background — drawing from life was the turning point that transformed my skills. Before that point I had always copied, imagined, and emulated works. This was all fine, and was working for a long time, but it wasn't until life drawing that I started to really see things differently. It was about having the ability to gradually comprehend. Creating became about how I saw the world in front of me, and paying attention to its nuances. It provided an opportunity to move around a 3D object — to pick it up and realize why porcelain reflects light a different way than glass. It was about seeing. The lines, the forms, the negative space. And through a persistent training and practice of interpreting what I saw, I slowly got better at it. Better at translating what I saw, and most of the time what I thought I saw into a 2D format.
All of that time I spent, would have gone very differently without the mentor, who ended up being my high school art teacher, to help me see. His guidance and approach to drawing, albeit traditional, constructed a foundation of understanding for me build on. It helped that his personality lent well to listening. You couldn't help but listen to him. He had a real, fantastic energy that demanded my attention and respect.
Over time, more and more methods and techniques have been introduced to me (that, I think, will never end) -- basics like understanding light and shadow, to more complex approaches on composition and color theory.
I guess that's the important part -- to keep at it. I'm not much of a believer in natural talent. I've seen people with very little drawing skill develop into amazing masterful artists, far surpassing my own 'talents', because they had the vigor, interest, and discipline to continue their journey into the known and unknown. Haha, that's pretty vague I know.
Well, once there's a firm (not expert) understanding of the fundamentals, I think it's safe to explore communication with art, and that's a whole other can o' worms.
If that's something some of your young artist friends are prepared for, here are a few exercises that I've always enjoyed, which produced some good pieces.
Set up a still life and draw it from several different positions. They don't need to be drastic, but enough to change your perspective slightly.
Do your drawings in this order;
Five 1-minute sketches
Three 3-minute sketches
Another one is best worked through in a group, but it doesn't matter that much. Pick a bunch of words -- nouns, verbs, adjectives. Someone randomly picks a word from each group to form a three-word statement. Everyone makes their drawing based on this; A Three-word drawing. (Eg., Bear, Crawl, Happy) etc :D You can start off doing short 5-min ones, and end on a longer one. Sometimes it's cool for everyone to pick the one they liked the most and make a final piece out of it.