@oliver thank you so much oli
I don’t know man, I’m a natural drawer haha. If you have art class/club in school, just pay extra attention in class and ask your classmates for help/tips. If I need tutorials, YouTube is my go-to website. Also, if you don’t mind, I’d like to have a look at some of your art.
@marikofujimoto I love to draw! The main thing I tell everyone is practice practice practice. I would say find something that really inspires or interests you as your topic, and make it a reference. You may not want to do realistic stuff, but either way, having references will help you a lot, to use as guidelines, so you can check where you’re on track. This can be photographs or other artwork. My other main piece of advice I give to people is to not continuously erase when you start sketching, a sketch will never be perfect. When you see sketches with many lines around the edges, it’s the artist feeling out what will work best, usually instead of erasing, putting emphasis on the lines they are happy with. Erasing too much is a habit many people have when they start and get discouraged when it doesn’t work. If you have trouble avoiding it, you can try sketching in pen. Don’t expect perfection, art is always a process.
If you’re interested in other mediums, I would totally recommend watercolors or ink. There’s a lot of technique you can use when working with them and it’s really satisfying. It’s pretty inexpensive other than the paper for it, and if you get a bottle of ink you can do it with water and brushes like paint, or with a pen for writing/calligraphy etc.
Here are a few cool videos on ink/watercolor techniques:
I really like these because I feel as if even if they don’t come out how I wanted, they still end up being beautiful..
@princepossum what about dimension (shades , etc) ? Will it come naturally by practising?
My sister and dad are natural at this and they do it like is nothing, but my talent is writing, not drawing. So I’m literally starting from scratch and have some doubs.
Also does drawing help you with anxiety? I was hoping would be a good thing for it
@marikofujimoto Those are good questions.. honestly I think it depends on the person, with art some things come naturally and some things don’t. I love colors but I have a difficult time with color palettes, but I am really good with shadows and textures in black and white because my mind is good at guessing what things look like in 3D. If it doesn’t come naturally already, you will probably need to practice. That being said, sometimes I will notice things as I work and see how things fit together and it makes me understand it better to a point that it feels natural after only a little practice. If you are talented in one form of art, (writing) there is a good chance you will make connections in other forms of art as well, so you I would look for things like that. What comes to mind first that a writer might enjoy:
These kinds of things can be fun, and helpful with venting. My vent art is usually out of anger or frustration and not so much anxiety, but I know a lot of people do use art as anxiety relief. The other thing is about vent art I find the process is more important than the finished product, so you may want to think about what your goal is and what you want to get out of it.