Drawing tools and tipps

I´m often asked to give advice on how to get better at drawing and what kind of tools I use, so I put together some links for you. Hope this is helpful…

Books about drawing that I highly recommend:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

The basics! The infos in this book are extremely helpful and applied correctly they will improve your drawing skills dramatically in a very short time. Also they are 90% of everything you´ll ever need to know about drawing. The rest is practice, practice and practice some more.

The Artist´s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing by Anthony Ryder

This book shows you how to develope a beautiful shading technique using hatching along with a meditative state of mind. There are tons of excellent, excellent drawings by the author in here as well (which are worth the money for the book all by themselves).

The Artist´s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan

Learn more about drawing the facial features, shading and understanding the whole process of drawing.

The Artist´s Way by Julia Cameron

Not about drawing, but about art and creativity itself, no matter if it´s music, drawing, visual arts or any other kind of art. The best book about creativity I´ve read. I highly recommend it for… well everybody. Because it´s just good! ;)

The Artist´s Way Workbook by Julia Cameron

Not really necessary, but if you want to get even more out of the “Artist´s Way“-book and work with the exercises more intensely, this is the book for you. (Along with the other books of the author) 

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook by Betty Edwards

Again not really necessary if you have the other book by Betty Edwards, but if you want to really improve your basic drawing skills and work more intensely with the recommended exercises, this book is very helpful. I guarantee, that you will see dramatic improvements in your skills by working this book through from a to b no matter at what stage of developement you are.

Stars by Sebastian Krüger

This is a fun one by an favourite artist of mine. I find his caricatures very inspiring, funny and deep at the same time.

My weapons of choice:

Technical Pencils

Lead holder with Leads (from B to 6B) (just a personal preference, normal graphite pencils will do the job too)

Charcoal Pencils

Eraser Pen (I L.O.V.E. it!)

Kneeded Eraser

Electric Eraser (great tool!)

Stumps

Good drawing paper like this

Sooo I hope this was helpful… :)

Cheers,

Christian

BOOK OF THE DAY:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Considered an American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee follows the story of the Finch family over the course of three years in their small town in Alabama during The Great Depression. Caught in a moral tornado of innocence and social inequality, the story is narrated through the perspective of Scout, a little girl, beginning from the age of six to nine.

The first half of the novel depicts the Finch’s home and life in their quaint town. Scout lives with her brother, Jem, who is four years older, her father, Atticus, a widower and a lawyer, and their housekeeper, Calpurnia, a black woman, who is their connection to the black community. As the story unfolds, you are introduced to the grit that glues every character: the fight between justice and antiquated values of inequality. After a black man, Tom Robinson, has been accused of rape by a white woman in the 1930s South, Atticus is asked to take Tom’s case. Atticus firmly believes in Tom’s innocence. He exposes his family to criticism and the outrage of the white community. Atticus is the voice of reason, empathy and moral justice. His children are deeply affected by their father’s conviction. 

Consequently, for the latter reason, Lee’s novel is an American masterpiece. She has beautifully crafted a foil to the evil, unjust dogmas perpetuated by white America. To Kill a Mockingbird’s beauty lies in its simplicity. Lee is a fantastic story-teller. This is a straight-forward world filled with complex themes of innocence, race, prejudice and justice. Her characters are the most significant device in unfolding its themes. 

You quickly learn that Scout is intelligent, bright and considered a tomboy by the norms of her town and the epoch. The most significant trait displayed by Scout is her inherit belief that people are good, which is nurtured by her father. Her father behaves as the backbone of the plot. He is an honorable man with stern principles. While engrossing us with vivid and charming characters, Lee, craftily eases you into the second half of the novel, where you learned why Scout’s and Jem’s personality traits are essential in telling the story. 

In addition to the foundation of characters Lee has fabricated, the coexistence of good and evil in an authentic historical setting is Lee’s most efficient tool in drawing us in. Through the course of three years, Jem and Scout’s transition from innocence to the introduction of adult themes is the most dramatic interpretation. The title of the book holds the most literal definition of the annihilation of innocence. To kill a mockingbird constitutes to destroy innocence.”Mockingbirds” are the symbol of innocence; Tom Robinson is the key mockingbird here. The latter theme is the defining point in Scout’s world.

You don’t simply read the story, you experience is through Scout’s eyes. Her age and perspective is, ironically, a highly reliable source in the world she lives in. She is observant, wise and understanding. Her father’s execution of nurturing her mind without social restrictions is the most delightful and touching quality found in To Kill a Mockingbird. Therefore the most critical question that remains is: will Scout’s innocence be stripped by evil turning her into a jaded human being or will her faith in goodness reinforce the values that were implemented from a young age?

Read excerpts from the novel here! Get the book here!

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