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Fyeahletsart is an art blog that is run by a student who is also embarking on their artistic journey! Here, I will post resources, tips and tricks I’ve learned, feature artists, and guide myself and also you into becoming a better artist. So hit that follow button, sharpen your pencils, and let’s go!

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fyeahletsart:

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. 

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