A busy mind is never bored. Some of the world’s brightest minds strongly advocate involvement in the arts as a way to help develop a well-rounded education. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a child or an adult, drawing is a great way to combine geometry and art with a cathartic exercise. Those who draw often find themselves to be more relaxed and clear-headed after just a few minutes of drawing.
Almost anyone can draw, from tiny tots to centurions. All you need to get started is a blank sheet of paper and a pencil, charcoal or some other drawing apparatus. Creating beauty in art comes from within. Artists learn about techniques, proportion, shadows and more and incorporate that knowledge into their pieces. Anyone can learn how to draw without going on campus for lessons. If you want to learn how to turn your art into masterpieces and draw without boundaries, take a class on drawing with confidence.
1. Geometric and Still Life Drawings
M.C. Escher is the father of mind-bending art. His works have inspired thousands of artists and students to re-create his magic. Do a quick image search of his work and immediately recognize how brilliant this man was. Creativity, precision and attention to detail are attributes Escher possessed in spades. Cultivate these traits in yourself and watch many aspects of your life flourish, including your artistry.
The power of shading in incredible, and is arguably the artist’s best tool for creating depth and adding realism. To begin learning about shading, begin with a still life drawing. Anything that is still and won’t change positions is the best muse. Whether beautifully arranged, efficiently stacking or arranged in geometric patterns, you will need visually stimulating items to set up. Look at your surroundings, or try any of these for inspiration:
Inanimate Objects – shoes, beach balls, bubbles, flowers, furniture, hearts, toys, stars, water bottles, televisions, nail art, rocks or stones, clouds, jewelry, yoga mats, bar bells, saddles, aprons, hats, feathers, bicycles, dice, money, clocks, scarves, sea shells, glasses, chains, tea pots, pillows, curtains, rings, benches, swing sets jungle gyms, shower curtains, stacks of tires, intricate lights, groups of toiletries and makeup, piles of soda cans, cigarette butts and trash, coffee cups, glass vases, ceramic bowls and dishes, other materials, granite statues, antique chandelier candles, cigar boxes, cigars, mortar and pestle, medicine bottles, book shelves,
2. Nature-Inspired Landscapes
Landscapes have been a favorite subject matter of artists for centuries, and for a good reason. A beautiful view has a profound effect on humans; lowering the heart rate, easing stress and boosting happiness. Nature is always changing and evolving, changing the weather with a flip of a switch. Landscape series including four seasons are especially interesting.
Everyone sees the world with a unique perspective. Develop your artistic skills so that you can capture a piece of nature through your eyes. An unusual take on an old scene is welcomed in the art world, so don’t be afraid to draw like no one before. Discover your own style and learn about your preferences by drawing as often as possible.
Van Gogh is an excellent inspirational artist for those wanting to experiment with landscape drawings. Swirling night skies, distorted perceptions of the human form and an abstract view of the world lent Van Gogh’s paintings a completely unique and stunning quality. If you want to make an impression, take a leaf from Van Gogh’s book and draw your surroundings in a unique, mind-bending way. Learn more about how to express your mind’s eye with a drawing class and plenty of practice.
Finding the perfect landscape to draw isn’t always easy. Look for these nature-made topographical features, events and or objects and choose one or more that catch your eye:
- Gardens – trellises loaded with climbing flowers, cattails growing along the edge of a river or lake, wildflowers blooming in a meadow, mistletoe clinging to oak trees, bird feeders hanging from happy little trees, shadowy hedges, vibrant flower bed, well used gardening tools, rustic wheelbarrows, garden decorations, or solar walkway lights gently glowing along winding sidewalks
- Plants and trees – miniature roses, goldfish plants, bird of paradise, fruit trees in bloom, palm trees, leaves in all stages of life, forested areas surrounding small sun-lit clearings, moss, vines, weeds, volunteer or wild flowers, cultured gardens, rose gardens and just about any other flora imaginable.
- Fire – sunsets and sunrises, wildfires, camp fires, fireplaces, fire pits, lightning bolts, various colors and sizes of flames, forest fires, chemical fires, prairie fires and other forms of fire.
- Water – rivers, lakes, creeks or streams, washouts, waterfalls, rain running down glass, ocean waves, shimmering pools, muddy puddles, quaint ponds and even water in a glass.
- Topographical Features – valleys, canyons, gently rolling hills, flat fields, mountains and any other feature that pleases the eye.
Drawing a portrait is very challenging, but rewarding. The human face is scientifically proven to be the most fascinating object to the human mind. As often as we are confronted with and see the faces of others, they are very hard to draw. The key to drawing any good portrait is to keep your drawing within naturally occurring proportions. Learn more about creating realistic portraits with a drawing class.
Renoir is arguably the most respected portrait painter of all time. His unusual technique and attention to detail lend his masterpieces an unmatched quality. He found inspiration in interesting faces that looked like they belonged to people who had lived interesting lives. Look for a muse in any of these ideas:
- Humans – family or school photos, sleeping babies, playing children, bored pre-teens and gossiping teens. Begin by drawing just one or two features, such as braids, flowing hair, eyelashes, belly buttons, beards, sleeping babies, hands, feet, profiles, etc.
- Mythical Creatures – unicorns, ogres, trolls, fairies, dragons, leprechauns, angels, zombies, vampires, cherubs, witches, covens, super heroes, mad scientists, Greek Gods
4. People in Action
French born Degas was a master of drawing and painting people in action. His renderings of ballerinas mid-dance are as elegant today as they were in his lifetime. Other world-famous artists were fascinated with drawing living things in motion, such as animals or children.
Portraying movement in art requires exceptional skill and talent. As with any other worthwhile endeavor, drawing action requires a lot of practice to be good. Learn about anatomy for figure drawing to realistically drawing people at rest or moving. Drawing a few of the following people or creatures can help you get the experience you need to hone your skills.
Animals – squirrels, ferrets, monkeys, zebras, dogs, cats, skunks, bunnies, horses, goats, pigs, cows, hippopotamuses, chickens, hedgehogs, fish, owls, bats, butterflies, bears, crickets, frogs, bumble bees, moths, grasshoppers, badgers, beavers, beaver dams, camels, leopards, tigers, dalmatians, mosquitoes, house flies, deer, elk, bear, antelope, etc. Start small and work your way up to larger animals.
Cartoon drawing is a very modern craft, and requires a quick, confident hand and a very unusual perspective on everyday life. Many cartoon artists draw comics, cartoon humans, animals and even entire worlds as a way to help others escape reality, enter a world of fantasy and imagine the possibilities. Cartoons can be used to teach lessons or just to have fun. Learn how to draw cartoons of many different types from this Cartoon Characters drawing class.
Some architectural artists got their start doodling in class at school. One of the best ways to put all those geometry classes to good use is to do an architectural drawing. Few subject matter choices are more accessible in a history class than our nation’s national monuments. Grab a history book, crack it open and scan it for cool photos you’d like to recreate. The best part about drawing monuments is that you can almost always use a straightedge to get the basic features of the buildings down. After the basics are down on paper, shade and add lots of details for a realistic look.
7. Culinary Pictures
Challenge yourself by drawing foods with different surface textures, sizes, shapes and colors. Noodles and grains of rice can add texture to a drawing while steak and potatoes, fruits and vegetables, breads and beverages add visual interest. Mix and match a few of these foods for an interesting, fun picture:
Foods – pomegranates, hamburgers, hamburger buns, ketchup, mustard, pickles, cotton candy, peanuts, burritos with toppings, ice cubes in full or half-full glasses, colorful salads, wine glasses, wine bottles, cereal, cheese, candy canes, ice cream sundaes, string cheese, crackers, apples, corn on the cob, grapes, hot dogs, etc.
The world is full of people, places and things to draw. Capturing the beauty of the world and reflecting that beauty in a drawing is a gift that should not be taken for granted. If you know you’ve got talent, but need a little training to develop fully, take an instructional drawing course. Sign up today and take all the time you need to become the artist you’ve always dreaming of being.