Anyway, I have more advice again to share. It is a continuation of the last heap of advice I submitted.

To become an artist, professional or not, you need to think like one. Believe it or not, when you draw an object, you are drawing the object as you think it looks like, not the shapes, colours, and textures that are combined that create that object. I have got a small activity here that it doesn’t hurt to try. And don’t worry if you don’t get the result you want. My first tries looked like a chocolate carving that had been lying in the sun.

Activity 1:

  • Step 1: Test the above theory and copy a picture of some kind with a significant amount of detail in it. A portrait of someone, for example, is a good place to start.

  • Step 2: Simply try to copy the picture like you normally would. When most people do this, they are not drawing the picture, they are drawing a person that looks like the one in the other picture.
  • Step 3: Test your mind and turn the image you are copying upside-down. Now try to draw it upside-down. Is it tough? Yes, it is, because you are no longer drawing a person. You are (or should be) drawing a bundle of proportionate lines and possibly colours.

Try it with other things. Draw trees, animals, scenes, and other things upside-down, up on a right angle, and whatever else you can manage. This is hard because you are no longer drawing animals or places, you are drawing the components that make it up.

Then again, with all that said, some things are simply insane to try to copy. Most pictures, especially many forms of painting, simply need suggestive lines or idealistic representations. What I mean by that is not everything needs to be choking with realistic detail. A tree, for example, can be implied by a mere combination of basic shapes and colours. You needn’t draw every leaf and branch.

And that concludes my second lot of rambling. If you are liking this advice and think I help you, please tell me so that I can continue submitting such entries.


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