Disney has been famous throughout the years, and people of all ages can enjoy it. Some like the look and design of the characters, while others like their characteristics. However, some like both. What I did in the two drawings above is capture the design and the characteristics in each character; Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Queen Elsa from the popular film Frozen (2013). Snow White is pictured as this innocent, beautiful character, and what I found to be a nice colour was the red in her lips and bow. Elsa is pictured as a strong yet beautiful woman. Her hair is not blue but the colour associated with her the most is blue. If you are wondering how I created the texture in Elsa’s hair, you can find that in my previous post on portraits. Disney is amazingly beautiful in all aspects and I’ve loved Disney all of my life. My favorite Disney movie is still the Little Mermaid after watching it when I was maybe 2 or 3 years old. I did like Frozen when I watched it last spring, and I do like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. If you like any Disney movies or have Disney art, feel free to share it with me. If you like this post or want more Disney drawings, liking and subscribing would be great. Thanks. 🙂
From Frida Kahlo to Vincent Van Gogh, self portraits have been a part of the arts for ages. However, some find it difficult to create a ‘realistic’ image of someone. However, there are tips and principles to go by when drawing a self portrait or just a portrait.
Hair is really difficult to draw at times. Especially when someone doesn’t know what they are doing. Hair is very detailed and difficult to create. However, thin pencil strokes create a texture that makes the hair seem almost real. Along with pencil strokes, a highlight, mid-light, and low-light are required. This defines the hair and makes it seem wavy or straight, meaning more texture. I used black as my low-light, purple and blue as my mid-light, and green in between my highlight and mid-light.
Although most of us rely on a peach coloured pencil for skin, it is better to use more colour. In the drawing above, I have actually coordinated blues, greens and purples into the skin, along with yellow, pink, red, brown, and white. Let’s face it, nobody has just one shade of one colour of their face. With different varieties of colours, you can shade and define the skin, making it more realistic. Also, using directional lines is essential. If someone’s cheeks are round, you can show that through directional lines. If someone has less round cheeks, you can use directional lines to show that also. I know that this takes time, but it definitely looks a lot better in the end.
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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.
“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.
If you have any inspiring poems or excerpts of a book you like, please share in the comment section. Also, if you haven’t already, follow me so you can see all of my posts. 🙂