Drawing Advice (for Paul)
I’ve never thought about giving anyone drawing advice. How do you draw, and how do you teach people to draw? Some people say, “draw from observation” and some people say, “draw from memory.” I like to do both, sometimes, so it helps to do both of those.
Drawing from memory can be one of the more fun things to do when drawing. I like the idea of doing my best to piece together something when I have almost zero idea of how it actually functions in the world.
Here’s another one: draw the things you like. Or draw the things you are interested in. I like words and sentences sometimes, so I use those in my drawings. Sometimes I just have drawings that are just words and/or sentences. Are you not sure about the things you like? Think about what makes you angry or sad, or what you think you should like. Sometimes that can help give you some ideas.
Another big important question is: What do I draw with? Some people might argue that you can draw with anything, like light, or sound in addition to traditional pointed marking instruments. I won’t get into that topic of discussion, but I will say that pointed marking instruments are my favorite things to use when drawing. I usually prefer hard lines or something that is consistent, rarely pencils, but sometimes pencil drawings are really nice. This is personal preference, so my advice is to use whatever you have around and see if you like it. If not, take some stuff from work and try those. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on drawing materials.
Don’t draw anything that you think other people want to see. With that I mean, do not make it your sole duty to draw things for other people’s amusement, unless that is something you like to do. It is just an added bonus when people like your drawings.
I get hung up on this, sometimes, because I see a lot of drawings around me from other people that a lot of people like and then I think about my drawings in comparison and it can just get sort of knotted up.
I think this is my advice for now. Thank you.
A Drawing Of A Poorly Drawn Horse Shoving A Person Off Of A Cliff, 2014. For sale or trade. Inquire within.