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Learn Drawing - Where To Begin A Drawing?

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Recently I was asked a question that seems common among beginning artists who just start to learn drawing: "how and where to start a drawing?" Don’t be misled into thinking this is a too simple and silly question. Although the answer may seem obvious, I've seen too many artists that fail because they don’t follow these principles. Once artists approach a new drawing unorganized and unstructured they risk failure. Not that I believe much in structures and strict rules. But following some really simple and obvious rules when starting a new drawing will make your life much easier.

Why are you drawing?

First ask yourself not only what you want to draw but also why do you want to draw it? What is the message you’re trying to give the viewer? Knowing the message you’re trying to convey to your audience is a crucial first step. For example, imagine that you want to draw a picture a dog then ask yourself why? Is it to show how cute he is? Is it to show how good hunter he is? To show how dangerous he is? Is it in memory of him?

Having identified the message the next step is to consider how you can use the elements and techniques you have to tell it. You can use perspective, dark and shadows, colors, composition, add different details, use different drawing techniques etc.

Next you should try out where your picture is going by making lots of small thumbnail sketches. Try different ways to create the drawing, see what actually works and what doesn’t. Make these sketches quickly. The idea is to put the overall composition into place, so you don’t need to spend time adding a lot of details on them.

It’s sometimes very difficult, even for professional artists, not to jump ahead and start on the final picture before things are really thought through. But this scenario often ends with that attempt going into the bin once you’ve realized that your first idea didn’t work the way you’d first thought. So it’s a very good idea to use the preliminary steps when starting a drawing as it will save you a lot of work in the long run.

Getting started drawing

You have finally sketched a composition you like to translate in a full-blown drawing? Then it's time to get started. This time it's not speed but beauty you want to strive for. And there are some tips that will help you to create the beautiful drawing you want to create – without too many attempts going into the bin.

It's all about the order in which to approach the different parts of your drawing ideally. All in all there are just two simple rules:

Start with light tones, proceed to darker tones

This allows you to fix small mistakes you've done early in the beginning as the darker tones can hide any of your mistakes.

Start sketchy and get detailed later

In most cases the drawings are ruined by distorted proportions, perspective and composition. So start first laying out the whole drawing without details just in faint lines. This makes sure you'll introduce all errors in perspective and proportion early in the process. If something goes really bad then, you can start over again without losing too much work. And all smaller blemishes still can be fixed easily as there are only faint lines and no details in place.

Even if you are experienced and drawing for years, it won’t hurt to think about these tips once again. Actually I'm forgetting these guidelines too often – and introduce errors into my drawings that could have been avoided. And you'll see these guidelines are even more helpful, if you've just set out to learn drawing.



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pheello letlatla  - thanks   |:
Hi
Thanks for allowing me to use the book,and i'm not using it alone i have
children that i'm trying to teach how to draw.My problem is i don't know
whether I'm allowed to use this manual to help these kids and accredit the book,
so i ask a permission from you to use the manual and accredit it. please send me
an e-mail stating that you are giving me permission to do so to help the young
one's.
anro  - pictures to draw   |:
Ruediger please send me pictures to draw or website please
Nick  - helpful website   |:
www.drawspace.com is the main service I've been using to learn. It is free,
professional, and breaks things down from the simplest lessons into more
advanced levels.
Cheryl  - Faces   |:
when i draw a face and think i got it to only look at it it looks flat comepare
to the pic how do you bring out the sketch of a face make it look real like the
pic? and i have a very hard time with the nose, i use to draw comics and am
trying to do humans not as easy and self teaching myself its hard i stoped for
some time in drawing think im not as good as i thought but then yesterday i
tried again, i get frustruated and to see some pic that people have drawn are
aww some and always say i will never get that far.
pheello letlatla  - measurements   |:
hi cheryl i think you have to check your measurents carefully from top to bottom
and from left to right.
mai  - praises   |:
thanks so much for these tips
they are really very useful
drawing now is more
easier thanks to your efforts.
mandy  - art   |:
i cant seem to get the pefect place to start to draw a nice seen that would be
the perfect way to unwind after a longday. when i do it all fluda in and i am
all at home with the pen and pepper. when i am there i just cant stop and then
it gets dark and then i go. then i get home and just paint it all and add to it
Jill Walden  - praise for this website   |:
its great to see such a wealth of valuable tips available here on this site,
(not to mention the regular emails, which are mostly also very helpful). what
makes it even better is that it's all free as far as i can make out!
thanks
nada   |:
I found the books of Betty Edwards very helpfull. You should start
with New
drawing on the right side of the brain. With this method you learn a
lot about
drawing-i m moroccan.well,uh i m looking for some books to improve my
level at
drawing things...and i wonder if there is someone that can help me to
figure
this out.i ll be waiting-i just went ahead drawing a portrait,but i feel
something is missing in
my drawing and it doesnt look like the portrait-5 bookes
of drawing about betty edward and Jhon G.
chapman-have you already enrolled to
my free email drawing course? Some
lessons in this course will help you to
improve your skills in drawing
outlines.

Happy Drawing
Ruediger-I am completely
new to drawing and wanted to start drawing for fun and to once
in a while show
it off ...but i have some problems sketching out the
outline of the object or
the proportions of things are off..are there any
exercises or advise you can
off...
Nick  - Problems   |:
I am completely new to drawing and wanted to start drawing for fun and to once
in a while show it off ...but i have some problems sketching out the
outline of the object or the proportions of things are off..are there any
exercises or advise you can offer me
Ruediger  - drawing / sketching outlines   |:
Dear Nick,

have you already enrolled to my free email drawing course? Some
lessons in this course will help you to improve your skills in drawing
outlines.

Happy Drawing
Ruediger
akram  - thanks for everything   |:
i am trying to becoming a MANGAKA and you guys help me a lot .so thank you for
everything
adriana   |:
cute, i want to become a mangaka too
aizen   |:
hi can yoiu pleaase send me 5 bookes of drawing about betty edward and Jhon G.
chapman
Ruediger  - Books on drawing   |:
Dear Chapman,

I don't own the rights to these books so I cannot send these to
you.
But you may pick up your copy at amazon or your local bookstore.

Happy
Drawing
Ruediger
jenie   |:
hi,

i just went ahead drawing a portrait,but i feel something is missing in
my drawing and it doesnt look like the portrait,
please help
Ruediger   |:
Hi Jenie,

you can send your drawing to support@drawingsecrets.com

Maybe I
can send you some helpful hints what to improve.

Happy Drawing
Ruediger
pheello letlatla   |:
hi
two kinds of portrait,creation and identical portrait.If its your creation
just put all the statuettes,and if its identical have much time and look on it
and insert the missing statuette.Try to refer to how to draw a portrait that
resemble the identical.
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