With self-improvement becoming a big trend in the 2020’s, many people are letting their inner artist out. Remember doodling in elementary school? You can pick up exactly where you left off. Getting the creative juices flowing is a great way to focus in and even develop new pathways in your brain.
This is my personal formula for drawing–complete with tips I learned from books and illustration classes. I use this same process for illustrating whether I’m starting on paper using an online application. If you’re using paper, you can visit your local art store for supplies or even use what you have laying around the house. Remember like most processes in art, it gets worse before it gets better—prep your mind with some positivity and embrace the ebb and flow.
Note: This is my process for drawing from imagination and not from life. But many of the techniques of drawing from life apply to creating your own masterpiece!
2. Build out your object by adding more shapes and connecting them with basic lines: this starts to create form. Place the shape where the body or dimensional part of your object is supposed to go.
3. Double-check the form. It’s important to start the double-checking process early. The more you can self-critique throughout the process, the more you’ll learn! From those basic shapes, add in drop-lines and cross-lines as reference. They can be super helpful in creating beautiful space, proportion and composition.
4. Connect the… shapes! This step is where your object really begins to come together and show personality. Make sure that you connect on the apex of the shape, and not the middle, to create the edge of your object.
5. Define your light source. If your drawing piece will require multiple days to complete, then I like to add in an arrow, or the forbidden sun in the corner (remember kindergarten art class?) to refer back to. That way you can know the exact angle of the light source when you decide to return back to the piece.
6. Add highlights and shadows, and remember to make a seamless transition.
7. Add details and clean it up.
8. Be proud of the work you have just created!