A Drawing Dilemma

If you had a year to teach yourself to draw and paint, how would you go about it?

Here’s the thing…

I love drawing. I understand the theory, and can draw pretty well with either my right or left hand (and which hand I choose usually depends on my mood).  I’ve even taught drawing in an informal way.  But if I was suddenly asked to draw or paint something in front of me, without any mental or emotional preparation, I’m not sure I could do it.  As I spend the majority of my drawing time in life-drawing class, in my own head I feel I would struggle to draw anything else.  And with a new blog year pending, I’d like to approach this art thing in a whole new way.

As a recently returned dressmaker, I’m pacing my re-learning by choosing projects according to the fabric I wish to sew and the techniques I want to practice. My map will be drawn out by my Wardrobe Architect, and the souvenirs of my journey will be the new outfits I have to wear.

However, with drawing I’m completely stuck.  My key objective is to pick any of my art materials at random and draw (or paint) whatever is in front of me, without having to do a mental warm-up first.  But as this is driven by technique the subjects aren’t as obvious.  And without a plan, this challenge would be meaningless.  I’ve started listing things to try, such as line, tonal values and shading over a three-dimensional surface, but at the moment my short list isn’t firing up my enthusiasm.  So, I need your help…

If you had a year (or less) to teach yourself to draw and paint, how would you go about it?

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4 thoughts on “A Drawing Dilemma

  1. I have been teaching myself to draw and paint for a few years now. An important element in teaching I think, is encouraging interest and having fun with the learning. One of the strongest tools I’ve found in learning art is YouTube. I browse the art videos until I find a picture I really like and feel enthusiastic about and then I try to make a similar picture. I also tend to aim at working on art which is just a tiny step harder than my last piece. I don’t know is this is helpful for you, as we are all different, but best of luck!

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    1. Thanks for the tips, Jo. I especially like your suggestion of making each piece just a tiny bit harder than the previous one. From your blog this is obviously helping you develop your own drawing and painting skills and style, so I’ll give it a go, too.

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