How to Create Art: TIps

There don't seem to be any good instructables on how to draw (or create art), so I decided to make one. Here are some tips I've learned in art class.

You may be disappointed with the lack of pictures, but remember; this is about YOUR art, not mine. So, happy art-ing!

*This was supposed to be an Instructable, but the evil robot jerk thingy deleted it. So here it is, forum-format.*

1. Stay LOOSE. Use your whole arm. A good way to warm up is to do gesture drawings; they're fun and they look cool. (Gesture drawings are drawings done with one line. The idea is to capture the movement of the object, and the inside, not just the edges; it's hard to explain.)

2. Draw lots. Doodle. Write with funky letters. Honestly, practicing will improve your art tenfold.

3. For still lives (drawing things that you can see), draw the object you see, not the object you think you see. For example, if you're drawing a teapot, don't draw what a teapot looks like (or what you think a teapot looks like), draw the teapot in front of you. Draw the bumps and the shadows, the drips down the spout, the angle, etc.

4. DON'T SMUDGE. Don't. You can get the same affect with shading, and it looks WAY better. Trust me.

5. Draw real things. Don't just draw things from your imagination, draw the things in front of you.

Lots of people make the mistake of thinking that if their drawing is (to them) craptastic, then their art is. It's no true. You don't have to draw to make art; go grab a camera and take some photos. You'll be amazed at the number of cool designs you can find in your house -- the way the blanket on your bed ripples, the pattern your computer cables make, etc. Take photos of everything: the sky, your room, your walls, your face, your friends, your plants, your cat, everything. And finally, take lots and lots of photos. This is where a digital camera comes in handy. I guarantee that if you take 150 photos (it's not hard -- 150 should take you an hour) at least 25 will be decent. 10 will be good. And at least one or two will be spectacular.

So get out there and take some photos!

- Use a good, sharp HB or 4B pencil. Analogue, not mechanical.
- Get a good eraser; the best are the rectangular white ones
- For pencil crayons, I suggest a well-known brand; Crayola or Laurentien are my two main choices
- Get good, thick paper. The worst thing you can do is draw something spectacular on a piece of lined paper, so I suggest you carry some blank pages with you, in a binder or sketchbook.
- I suggest Crayola Sketch pens (the ones with the thick tips), or Sharpies
- NO PUCK-PAINTS. Don't use anything that comes dry. If it isn't in a tube, tub, or bottle, don't use it. Liquids have better colour -- they don't look as faint.
- Shell out for the good ones. Get ones with wooden handles, and tips that look like real hair. No plastic, synthetic-tipped garbage.
- Take care of them: wash all the paint off of them when you're finished, and dry them off. Place them brush-ends up, so that the bristles don't get squashed and look like Calvin's head.

And finally, mess around with crayons a bit (go Crayola) most people think they're for toddlers, but they're fun, and you can do some really cool stuff with them.

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TheCheese992110 years ago
There still isn't an instructable on how to draw, lol. I rarely ever draw something that is real or infront of me.
Great work on giving instructions, but it needs pictures, regardless of whose art it is. We need to see what you are discussing..
Hmm, this gives me an idea.....thanks. ;-) Do we have any pyrographers out there? or any Potential pyrographers? It is an old form of art, but doesn't get much attention (although I really enjoy it).
threecheersfornick (author)  Goodhart9 years ago
I'd also like to try this (great pictures, btw), but I don't have the right burning tool, which leaves me to ask: could I use a soldering pencil, or should I go out and by a proper tool? If so, what should I get? Thanks!
Well, depending on wattage, and how many soldering tips you wish to "ruin" (they wear down at a fairly decent rate). I have several soldering pencils and 2 pyrographer's pencils at home; saves me time having two on since I don't have to change tips as often. The biggest problem with a soldering gun, besides the wattage problem, is you probably will not be able to get "different" tips (to fit the iron) to create different types of lines etc.
paqrat Goodhart7 years ago
When I finally get around to doing pyrography I plan to have 3 or 4 woodburning tools on at same time by plugging them into a strip expansion plug like we use with computers for the same reason you mention. Each "pen" will have its own distinctive tip so if I should want to do some shading instead of tracing a line I can shift between the tips without having to go through a cool down cycle so one can change tips.
Goodhart paqrat7 years ago
a hint then, once you get really good at it, you will probably use just the one "general" tip most often, a fine point just for detail and a spade tip for large areas. I rarely use my other specialized tips anymore.
paqrat Goodhart7 years ago
Thank you for the tip. I was also thinking about a couple of custom tips. I think it would be possible to make them from copper or brass tubing. I think the brass tube could be made to slip over one of the other tips, perhaps one that has worn down. I was thinking if one cut half of the tube off half way down one would have something that would produce something like a capital C which could be used in a repeating pattern. I think it would look like scales. I think it would be great looking filler although perhaps a bit tedious to actually use. I think I'd also use a tube left whole and produce O's which also should look interesting as a repeating pattern. Seems like either would make an interesting addition to a wood frame.
Goodhart paqrat7 years ago
You certainly can try the "brass tube over a tip" idea, but I wouldn't spend a lot of money on the idea. Since the tube will expand / contract at different levels (speed/amount) from the tip, on the first "soldering job" I would "expect" it to start to come loose.  (in my constant day in and day out use of just one normal tip, because it expands/contracts at different rates, the tip would loosen in the iron many times even)

Using the entire tube for a tip would probably work better.  One end would need to somehow create a threaded end to go into the iron though
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