How do I Draw So Well?

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When I show friends or classmates my sketches, I’m often asked things like:

-“How do you draw like that?! It’s insane!

-“Can you teach me to draw like that?!”

-“How do you draw so well?”

To be honest, my family is an artistic family. We’re involved in drama, drawing and painting, and singing. I’ve been drawing since I was about 2 or 3 years old. In fact, I painted my mom’s walls with ketchup and mustard when I was a toddler. No, I was not Picasso when I first discovered drawing and painting. Like everyone who practices something, I became better at drawing the more I drew. Even though some people do not have very artistic families or abilities, I do have some tips to be more efficient while drawing or painting.

First of all, you should clear your mind. I find that if I am in a relaxed state, my end product turns out better than those end products of when I am stressed. I definitely recommend that you don’t try to draw a masterpiece when you’re extremely jittery or stressed. I always make sure that I finish my schoolwork before I ever lay a pencil down in my sketchpad, because if not, I’ll get stressed and feel rushed. Speaking of feeling rushed, here’s my second tip.

When you are drawing or painting, have patience. Yes, we all want to take the easy road; but let’s admit it, the easy road leads you to this crappy place. Do not rush yourself because if your craftsmanship is crappy, then your art is crappy. You should put time and hard work into what you do, so you can appreciate it when it’s finished.

When I draw and paint, I make sure to make it my art work. In other words, you should not care what people will think of your art. When you want to make a theme in your work, you need to concentrate on the theme, not if someone will like or dislike the features of the work. If you’re anxious about other people’s opinions, then your piece will not have a strong theme, and won’t make much sense. Although you shouldn’t be bothered by other people’s thoughts, you should take your art teacher’s advice about the colour wheel and all of that stuff she taught you in the second grade.

Yes, it is good when people compliment your works, but it is even better when you appreciate it. I think this is most essential- that I like my piece. Be confident in your work, and take pride in it. Although you may not have the best artistic skills now, you will definitely improve. Trust me.

Remember not to give up and have fun while you draw. Those are the tips I could come up with at the moment, but if I have more, I’ll make another post. Happy Thanksgiving, be grateful for all that you have. Be safe if you’re going Black Friday shopping tomorrow, which I will not be going, because I can’t stand going to Walmart on its least busiest days. For those of you who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, happy Thursday. If you found these tips useful like this post or share them with a friend who wants artistic advice. If you have any other helpful tips you use to draw or paint better that I didn’t mention, comment them on this post.

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Smokey Silhouette

“Because I could not stop for Death,

He kindly stopped for me.

The carriage held but just ourselves,

And immortality.” -Emily Dickinson

An excerpt from one of Emily Dickinson’s famous poems, “Because I Could not Stop for Death”. I feel that the poem is amazingly beautiful. I was inspired to make a sketch of what I see when I read the poem.
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Be Original.

Every teacher who has assigned you something to write or create has warned you about copying. Whether it be a report or a piece of art, understand your limits and your rights.

Creating artwork is great. Copying artwork is great. Making artwork is great. However, what you do with the art is another story. Often you find people in museums, painting copies of famous arts such as the Mona Lisa or a still life. You have the right to take a piece of artwork and use it in your piece. But you have to change it. For example, you want to draw a girl you saw in an online work into your piece. You can draw her in. But you have to adjust the foreground and the background. So you add in flowers to the background, or maybe a beach. And in the foreground, instead of the image’s blue eyes, make them a hazel or brown. Instead of blonde hair, maybe give the image red or black hair. Add features such as freckles or curly hair. Now the piece is original and something of your own work.

You should never sell a copy of someone else’s work. As an artist, it’s like “Hey, nice painting! Let me copy your hard work and devotion then sell it, so I get all the credit!” Don’t sell a copy and steal the credit.

Be proud of your work. You are a beautiful human being. You have flaws. You have talents. Use your talents to your benefit. Be original. Be beautiful and show the world what you’re made of. Whether you’re a singer, a dancer, a writer, or an artist, add your twist. Be Original.