Posts tagged Advice
Posts tagged Advice
I’ve been wanting to write something like this for a little while now.
Basically I wanted to let people who are illustrators know that if they have a condition that makes it more difficult to draw, that they can overcome it.
I’ve had fairly bad essential tremor (shaky hands) all my life, and while it’s getting worse with age, it’s not impossible to overcome it. Here are my left and right hands on a fairly average day~
And generally, I draw by steadying my dominant hand at the wrist with the other
But, what I want to address is the fact that it’s totally fine to get frustrated.
Whether it’s a mental or physical condition stopping you, you will inevitably get fed up, because it seriously sucks when you want to draw and just simply can’t do what you know you’d be perfectly capable otherwise.
Just be sure when this happens, to step away from the drawing, take a break for 10 minutes, then get back to it, otherwise you’re just going to make the situation worse. Don’t get into the mindset that you won’t be able to finish it if you don’t do it right now, because that’s not true, you can.
And most importantly, remember that your progress is going to be slower, depending on the severity of your condition. Don’t let that faze you, just work to the best of your abilities and practice as much as you can to catch up to everyone else.
Use your condition as a reason to practice more, not as an excuse to give up!
Let’s talk tools!
A lot of this may seem obvious. But there is no better place to start than from the very beginning.
I’m going to do a brief run through of the basic tools one will need to equip their self with in order to begin learning how to draw.
Note: A lot of beginners are manipulated into thinking that certain tools or brands will make them a better artist. It’s not the most expensive pen you have that will make you draw better, but what you do with it!
The most important tool one needs to have on hand is a pencil. A regular number 2 or standard 2B pencil is fine to start off with. Pencils comes in various forms of hard (H) or soft (B) leads. And the higher the number, the harder or softer the pencil will be. Which ones to use is your personal preference that you will develop as you experiment with the way that you draw. For myself, I prefer pencils with softer leads. They tend to allow a broader range of values and line variations.
Any type of pen, preferably a drawing pen or a sharpie marker. I believe that it’s important to work in pen because you can’t erase which trains you to make better decisions when drawing.
An eraser. But be careful! Erasers shouldn’t be used to get rid of “mistakes” as much as they should be used as a tool to help you draw. A common thing I see beginners do is erase constantly. I see them erase a million times over, line after line and it’s painful to watch. Try to use the eraser as little as possible and you will make less mistakes. Trust me on this.
A sketchbook. Sketchbooks come in all shapes and sizes. A cheap one will work fine and there are lots of ways to even make your own! I will make another post about the importance of keeping a sketchbook because it’s a really great tool to have when wanting to improve at a constant rate and to see the progress you make the more you draw.
For digital artists, a tablet and an art program are the basic things you need. I recommend practicing in traditional just as much as you work in digital format. And remember that, just with traditional tools, the type of program you use will not make you draw better. A program is merely a tool that an artist uses to create their work and how they use the program is more important than what program is used. I like Photoshop and Paint Tool Sai, but there are many free alternatives such as The Gimp.
Earlier in this post, I said that the pencil was the most important tool. Well, it is or else you wouldn’t be able to make a mark on the paper. But an equally important tool is the eagerness to make mistakes and to learn from those mistakes. Remember that it is not an immediate process by no means. You must study and you must practice in order to become better.
I also think it’s important to remember that no matter what type of art you are doing, whether you want to draw anime or imitate the styles of the renaissance masters, all types of art start from the same basic foundations.
Here is a video done by the wonderful Sycra ! In this video, he talks about the fundamentals of art and tips on how to go about studying and improving on them (as well as different types of artists and what areas they should focus on the most).
To the anon:
Though I have not worked as an art teacher, I have worked with children in a creative classroom setting. If you’re dealing with children younger than middle school, you’ll want to have a few things in your back pocket.
Kids have a lot of energy. A lot.So really be prepared to start a workout regiment when teaching them, otherwise you just won’t keep up.
As far as subject matter goes, since they’re home schooled you’d really have to ask their parents or consult your local education guidelines. But on the whole I’d contact a local school with an art program (try magnet or charter schools) and email the art teacher for tips or a copy of their lesson plans. It can’t hurt in the end.
I hope these few tips help you out.
Artemis: Digital painting by Matt Heath.
This is actually a problem I also suffer from so much that I am planning to buy a wireless adapter. lol
The only thing I can think of is to make sure not to put pressure on cords around the plugs, and maybe keep the cord in special place to keep it untangled.
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