Most people tend to think of drawing as something that you can either do or not do… However, I beg to differ. Too many people think of drawing as something that is completely based on natural talent. Sure, some people grow up and are far more able to draw than others, but that does not mean that it is totally based on natural ability; some people had to work really hard to get those kinds of skills. It’s like learning how to play a drum from Barking Drum; some people can do it with natural talent, and MOST people have to work for it.  So now that we have myths about drawing out of the way, let’s talk about the actual benefits of learning how to draw.

Drawing can literally boost your brain and give you better ideas. Study after study has shown that when you are able to draw, your brain kicks into overdrive. Think of it like taking notes during class; you tend to remember things just from writing them down. Drawing is much the same way; your brain gets a massive boost just by taking the time to draw.

Drawing also gives you a way to distract yourself without using a computer. There are a lot of benefits to having a hobby that forces you to be creative such as playing a musical instrument, doing puzzles, and drawing. Drawing gives you something to do without needing to use the internet as your babysitter the whole time.

Drawing also teaches you how to fail. You will never be able to draw the “perfect” drawing, but you realize through spending a lot of time drawing that you don’t NEED to be the perfect artist. Art is a good and non-threatening way to train your mind that it’s OK to fail; you just need to be able to pick yourself back up again.

Any form of art gives you the patience to notice details. When you spend a lot of time drawing things in the real world and in your mind, you need careful attention to detail to accurately capture images. This is the same kind of attention to detail that a great drummer needs to know about the beat of songs; great musicians can hear things in music that most cannot, and great drawers can see things about the world that most cannot. This attention to detail will spill into all areas of your life; you will find yourself noticing things about the world that you never would have paid attention to before.

And one bonus reason why drawing is a great thing to learn: it’s REALLY impressive. It’s always amazing if you can draw something really well; people tend to be really impressed by good artists. Drawing is always a good crowd pleaser; in addition, art makes great small gifts or custom greeting cards.

If you get really good at drawing, many studios will want to hire you to assist with animation; that’s just one way that learning this useful little hobby and affect your career. Hopefully I’ve convinced you that it’s worth it to learn how to draw; I don’t think you’ll regret learning this skill, as you’ll use it in many areas of your life!

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably heard all your life from different people that you can never make money off of art. People say “drawing and art is a great hobby, but you’ll never go far with something like that.” Don’t believe the negative hype! That’s not true at all. Many people have made money as artists; that career is NOT just a pipe dream. Your ideal career may look slightly different in reality, but believe me: it can be done. I know that because I have done it myself, in my own life! Today I want to teach you how you can start your own career in art; how to gain the skills, how to negotiate, and where to find jobs. Don’t give up your dreams; figure out how to make them work!

First of all, make sure that your artistic skill set is marketable. You need to make your mind into a storehouse of ideas, just like Kronus Collars is a storehouse for real-life objects. This can mean any number of things. If you make music for your art look for jobs scoring small time projects; indie video games and commercials are a great way to introduce yourself to the scoring world.

Music is a hard scene to break into; the best way to break in is to be willing to start at the bottom and WORK. Marketable skills is music include part-writing, reading music, and knowledge of orchestral writing. If you have those skills you are on your way to a solid career.

If you are a graphic artist (painting, drawing, sketches) you have a couple of options. First of all, animation is a wide-open field. Corporations are always looking for people to make their commercials, which often need animation. You can also apply to jobs in small-time films. You can also make a great living doing graphic design for various sources as a freelancer; designing t shirts, logos, and websites allows you to make money working on your own schedule.

Your job here is to wrap people’s brand marks and websites into a nice, marketable package, just like the packages at Marketable skills for graphic art are almost all computer-based; you need to know how to use graphic software like Adobe; being able to use something like Final Cuts is really helpful as well. A working knowledge of basic web design can really add to your marketability as well; that is a skill that I highly recommend. Graphic art is an excellent way to design your own career (pun intended!) without punching in a time clock.

Art is not a jobless field; it’s just a little less romantic than most people imagine. A career in art these days is less about sitting in a studio apartment in Prague, painting beautiful art; it CAN however mean sitting in a studio apartment in Prague designing logos and t shirts! You get to have your own schedule and living where you want. If that’s not the dream, I don’t know what is!

We’ve already established in the previous post that there are a lot of benefits to learning to draw, and that anyone CAN learn how to do it. You just have to put the time and effort in! Today we’re going to talk about how you can get started drawing. You’ll see just how easy it is to learn basic drawing, and you’ll be on your way to advanced techniques in no time! So let’s get started… It’s time to make art!

Step 1: Lines

This is the part that almost everyone has trouble with in the beginning. Art is based on lines, both curved and straight. However, few people are able to draw those lines very well at all; most lines end up looking a bit curved the longer they get. Here’s a little cheat to show you how to draw lines that look much better: draw many tiny lines that add up to a big one.

Here’s the reason why you do that: the longer a line is, the more likely you are to make a mistake drawing it. If you can draw a much shorter line, you lessen the likelihood of making a mistake. This would be like a music teacher telling a student playing a saxophone to “play the whole piece at once, without stopping!” the very first time the student saw the music. That student couldn’t do that… And neither can you with lines! Break it up into pieces at first, then make the whole line come together.

Step 2: Relax

One mental roadblock in the minds of beginning artists is that drawing can seem like such a chore. If you’re ever tried to sketch something you may have found that it takes every little bit of concentration that you have, and then a little bit more! Drawing should not be this way. Take a little bit of time to just aimlessly sketch.

You’re not aiming to create a work of art that will hang in museums, you are just having fun. If you ever find yourself viewing drawing or sketching as a chore, take some time off and just have fun with it. You don’t want to negatively associate art with stress in your mind! Trumpet players don’t get a trumpet from Wind Plays to be stressed about music; they play to learn and enjoy music. Treat drawing the same way! You should ultimately enjoy what you’re doing.

Step 3: Practice the Small Steps

This may seem like a “well, DUH!” moment, but fewer people follow this rule than you would think. Don’t just try drawing small lines to make up a big line ONE time… Do it many times! You need to practice to get good at drawing. Don’t draw one circle and think you’ve mastered curves; draw hundreds of circles and hundreds of lines! This seems like a lot, but once you start it’s actually very therapeutic. Take time to practice, and you’ll be great before you know it!

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* The capacity tо remember ѕресіfіс tесhnіԛuеѕ

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