Learning to draw: from squiggles to faces

We tend to think of drawing as something really difficult that only people with great talent and dedication can accomplish. To be honest, this is only partly true. We do need talent, but what exactly is it and how will you know you have “talent” to draw in the first place?

Drawing by Vimal
(A master piece by Vimal)

We can’t tell if you have great drawing skills just form your first drawing. If you look at the first attempts made by successful artists you can see that most of them started where we are now. 

Draw Squiggles.

Drawing by Vimal
(Even random Squiggles can be made into a drawing – By Vimal)

I doesn’t matter if you never tried drawing before. What matters is that you now have the desire to draw. Just like the picture shown above, something like a squiggle can be made to look beautiful. All you have to do is imagine it to be something more than a squiggle and give it form.

Drawing by Vimal
(Having  an active imagination make you better – Drawn by Vimal)

Children have a great imagination, that’s why they can sometimes draw the most amazing pictures. They draw what they imagine in their mind and are not afraid of showing what they drew. We adults, on the other hand, tend to worry about what others might think after seeing our drawing. It is this fear that pulls us down. So a friendly tip for beginners is to not worry about what others think. Having confidence in what you do can make a big difference.

Practice makes perfect

Drawing by Vimal
(There are different approaches to drawing – By Vimal)

Like all activities, we need to spend time and practice to master drawing. Anyone can draw a picture but, not everyone can draw good pictures unless they practice.

Practicing to draw make you even better - Vimal
(Practicing to draw make you even better – Vimal)

Keep drawing everyday for a few minutes and you will see an improvement in a few weeks. Drawing is about expressing what we are imagining on paper.

Drawing is about expressing yourself.

Drawing by Vimal
(Words can be made to drawings – Vimal)

Drawing what you feel is a great way to express yourself. A lot of times we often stumble and wonder what to even try drawing. A great topic you can choose for that is drawing what you are feeling. Let yourself imagine what you are feeling and give it shape.Giving form to feelings can be challenging at first but with time it is something that can be mastered.

Drawing by Vimal
(See differently – By Vimal)

Copy drawings to improve yours.

Drawing by Vivek
(An anime character – By Vivek)

We often spent a lot of time copying other’s drawings to perfect our drawing skills. I spent a lot of time copying anime characters and from past drawings, I’ve come a long way. Copying others drawings helps you improve your hand-eye coordination and improve your sense of drawing.

Drawing by Vimal
(A cute panda – Vimal)

Why do We Draw?

Drawing helps us have fun. To us , its a medium of expressing how we feel. Drawing helps us see things differently and sparks our imagination. It motivates us and helps pass the time. We have fun when we draw. Its the only reason we ever needed. Even when we were doodling in our notebooks during boring lectures or when we were drawing from inspiration, having fun is why we draw. 

Drawing by Vimal
(Drawing by Vimal)

Draw and have Fun

Drawing by Vimal
(Drawing by Vimal)

Keep practicing drawing and you will get better. We all started out drawing squiggles and doodles on textbooks. The important thing is that we had fun. So have fun when you draw and forget about the small details. As time moves forward we tend to get better and better. Have fun drawing. We will post some tips and guides on drawing soon. so stay tuned.

Drawing by Vimal
(Drawing by Vimal)

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