Art Tips: Motivation, Style and Life Drawing

I’ve had several requests for art tips so here are a few of my humble advice for studying artists.Depending on how far I get on this, I might make a few more.

Keeping yourself motivated

Artists often improve the most when they are passionate about a topic that gives them motivation to draw. However, certain genre and subject matters can be looked down as ‘not artistic enough’ or 'shallow’ which can cause artists to shy away from drawing what they really want to draw. Remember that any reason is a good reason to want to draw as long as your art doesn’t bear hurtful messages. Whatever the subject matter is, don’t let the others shame you into stop drawing. Try to find subjects or stories that interest you and seize every chance to draw when the motivation is there.

Don’t let style dictate what you can and can’t draw.

Having a personal style is great but it’s very easy to fall into the trap of using style as an excuse to avoid drawing what you’re not comfortable with. Style should be a tool that helps you and not something that restrict you from visually communicating your ideas. For example, if you like drawing in shojo manga style, that’s completely fine but if that’s all you draw, chances are, you probably can’t draw realistic nose. This will most likely cause lack of structure in your short-handed drawings of a face which will then hinder the appeal of your drawings.  It’s not to say that all your character drawings should be anatomically accurate and be rendered realistically but even the simplest drawings should have a good sense of structure which can be trained by practising and learning the real anatomy.  

Life drawing! Life drawing! Life drawing!

One of the best way of practising everything from anatomy to visual story telling is by doing life drawings. Not just the ones that you do at a studio with a nude model but also doing quick sketches of people in a public space like a cafe or a subway. Try to keep a small drawing tools with you all the time and when you do engage in a life drawing, pick a topic that you want to focus on and practice your drawings around it. Examples of things that you can focus on during life drawing would be things like, gestures, expression, anatomy of clothed figure, folds of clothes, and etc.  

Softer tools like pencil and colour pencil can be great in practising structural drawings while harder tools like pen and markers are great for gestures and short-hands.

Japanese Artist Has Been Drawing One Pokemon A Day Since June

Japanese Artist Has Been Drawing One Pokemon A Day Since June

Karolin Gu, who is a talented Japanese designer, has been drawing one Pokemon once a day since June. Gu has posted the results so far on Instagram and has no plans of stopping yet. So far she is up to Pokemon number seventy-two, which is Tentacool, and she plans to get every other Pokemon sketched up. Be sure to check out her Instagram page, right here.

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Sketches from the plane ride I took a few days ago

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