I’ve had this in my head since reading chapter 8. I cannot really art, and what even are your eyebrows, Cestino? but I had to get it out of my system, and it wouldn’t have worked as a text post or chat.
I’ve finally depleted my stock of stupid posts about UMFB&MHA, at least until Sunday. Welp. So soon. Am I even ready?
Yes! Hands are one of my favourite things to draw! before you settle on any sort of style, you need to study real hand anatomy either online or via life drawing, understanding hands can be really tricky (which is fine, we learn as we go along).
As for some tips on the way I draw hands, here is some pointers I came up with, apologies for my monstrous handwriting:
I personally love to exaggerate the hands to be as bold and expressive as possible, especially if the mood is something action or adventure-based. Hands are almost like little characters of their own. You can modify them with big gestures or little details (like the pinky finger out if it’s a posh character) as long as it stays believable-looking. Some of my examples!
(Also, use your own hands for reference! You have hands, use them!)
Hey. I am sorry to bother you, because this is a bit stupid, but may I ask for your advice? The thing is that I had horrible art block and now i have no idea what to do, because when i try to draw my drawings look very bad and when I see them I just want to give up and it gives me a bit of anxiety. Though I continue to draw I don't really seem to improve. Is there anything I can do to end this? (I am self tough in drawing, so maybe going to art school will help?). Thank you anyway.
Art school can, so can different tutorials on the internet! There’s so much helpful stuff you can learn over them! For example, if you’re bad at drawing hands, you can find a tutorial that shows how to draw them in an easier way and a simplified form!
And it’s not stupid at all. We all know how horrible art blocks can be. Usually, when I’m art blocked, I WANT to draw, but I can’t, I get all frustrated because I want to draw things fast and great, but it doesn’t happen like this. SO, I guess my first advice is to not rush it when you try drawing while you’re artblocked. Take it slow, you don’t draw for stats. You don’t have to always feel that urge to draw.
Ideas wise, sometimes it’s good to start with random shapes or even faces, sometimes the idea comes in a process and you’re like BOOM omygod I can draw again.
As for not getting better… I think you do. Everyone does, some people faster, some slower, but none the less. You might not see it yet because you still see many mistakes, which is good! Doesn’t feel like it, but it’s good because your eye can see more mistakes than your current skill can fix, for now. I think it’s worse when you draw and don’t see these mistakes. Seeing them means you crave to fix them, to get better, to keep on. While not seeing you just. draw. thinking hey, it’s great! I don’t have to do anything else.
This craving to get better and frustration with your current level of skill is completely normal and can take you WAYS. I can say from experience, I remember how frustrated I have always been, because I couldn’t do that, and this, and I just wanted to be as great as those artists I admired and I wanted to reach them. I think my obsession took me a long way.
So take your frustration and let it drive you forward! It’s okay if you’re over artblock now, it’s not going to take forever. You’ll overcome it as you overcame many of other artblocks that seemed so horrible at that time. It’s a cycle, having an artblock usually means your mind is filtering new information, lets your body adapt to something new you’ve learn. Once it’s over, you’ll get even better!
Don’t stop, but don’t beat yourself up if you have to take a pause. It’s normal to take your time to re-charge!
Hi Hiller- when I was younger I loved to draw. I'm an adult now and for some reason when I sit down in front of a piece of paper I don't know what to do. What advice do you have for a grown up who forgot how to draw?
that’s a tricky one. Sitting in front of a blank piece of paper is
probably the most intimidating thing and has always been kind of scary
for me. I’ve come up with a list of things for you to try to make
drawing a bit easier.
A. Work on old paper/materials. End papers
from discarded books, craft pads from second hand stores, a notepad from
grandma’s junk drawer, a cool piece of wood you find in a dumpster,
like that. It takes away the pressure of having to create a
perfect thing if the material you’re working on is already flawed or smells weird.
Draw a lot. It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. Only a small
fraction of things I draw end up being shared, maybe every one out of
twenty things will be decent. What people don’t see is the heap of not-so-great things I create in the process of making that one thing. If you’re
drawing different ideas all the time, and thinking of how to make those
ideas better when you’re not drawing, eventually you will get better and
the good ideas will come more easily and more frequently.
It’s incredibly hard to draw when you are overly prepared to draw.
Sitting down with the intent to create a perfect drawing adds a terrible
amount of pressure and is the thing that trips so many people
up and makes it hard to even start creating in the first place. Draw
informally, when you’re watching television or listening to music. Watch
a movie and draw a picture of something you hear that would be
interesting when taken out of context. Try to not think too
much about it. Approach drawing from an angle, not head on, if that
Finding your subject matter can also be difficult and may be what
you’re actually talking about here. A few things influence the content
of my drawings:
Inspiration from the world around me.
Other artists’ work, books I read, music, conversations I have while
waiting to buy groceries, things like this.
My feelings and internal dialogue, what I’m thinking about or am moved by
or want to express to others. Daydreams, real dreams, imagined
conversations are all good sources for drawing material as they are things that no
one else would ever know about unless you expressed them.
My ability as an artist. I am less of an M. C. Escher and more of a
David Shrigley. You have to find the right spot on the infinitely wide
spectrum of art in which you can create work that you like and you think
is good. I like drawing amorphous shapes and faces and fun things, so
that is where I’m currently situated. Agnes Martin drew lines and dots
and is well known because she was super good at it.
at some point, 1, 2, and 3 will come together and allow you to create
something that you consider great or good or even okay will do
I think those are four good things to think about. The very beginning
is the hardest part when it comes to making art, I wish we could all just skip it. Hopefully this will
help you, and maybe others, get started again.
More of the Hogwarts AU, this time complete with cats (and ravenclaw Erik, though I still do not agree with that). I imagine Charles’s cat runs off to chillax with Erik’s on daily basis and so every night Erik needs to return it to Charles. That’s probably how they met in the first place.
Stay tuned for more. At some point. Probably. No promises.
And happy belated birthday to @sielustaja I don’t know what you were expecting, but this is what you get. :D