03 Feb Drawing Made Easy
Drawing can seem overwhelming at the beginning. I dreamt of illustrator career since 2009 but I didn’t dare to start because I felt like it is impossible if you don’t have the talent for drawing. My biggest enemy was myself. I did not understand proportions and I felt silly for not getting it how the position should look like. Only last year, I started to draw every day. It gave me so much pleasure that I could not stop. I learned some tricks to make it easy and more fun. At the end of this year, I got 3 big commercial projects. Conclusion: I wish I started earlier, you can do anything you put your mind up to. The only thing that is stopping you from growing is yourself.
My 8 favorite tips for making drawing easy and fun:
#1 Hide, what you cannot draw yet
For a long time, I was struggling with drawing hands. I kept drawing it every day, but when it didn’t work out, I would just hide it. In the end, it helped me to take photos of my own hands every time, I wanted to make specific gestures.
#2 Use only two colors
This can be actually challenging. Drawing with two colors helped me though to learn about balance in composition, contrast, and to master the basics before deciding on specific colors.
#3 Get inspired
#4 Make it personal
Draw about your personal experiences or support your cause. I have started visual journaling as a therapy and to improve my skills as a graphic designer. It helped me to show my work no matter what, and keep moving.
#5 Don’t buy any new tools until you master one
Use what you already have. I made a mistake in the beginning, of buying watercolors and new pencils. It was hard for me to start and I wasted my time researching the best tools.
#6 Exaggerate shapes
Exaggeration is a great way if you struggle with proportions.
#7 Focus on one theme
Choose only one object or person to start with.
#8 Turn your weaknesses into your style
For a long time, I didn’t know how to draw human figures so my illustrations were more symbolic.