Introduction: Make a Modern Drawing

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Even with the most limited drawing skills you can make a neat drawing totally worthy of that coveted space on the freezer for everyone to see.
Materials needed:
>The Internet
>about 30 minutes of free time

Have fun!

Step 1: Think for a Minute....

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Find things that interest you and write it in one area of the white paper
Things I find interesting...
-lines with dots
-cell phones

writing in different sizes will make the drawing interesting.
Make sure you will use the whole page.

Step 2: Internet

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look these things up on the internet to find pictures of them to imitate...
do your best and draw big. simplify complex images with outlines of them or just put your paper on your monitor and trace them (lightly!).
put them on the paper and connect them!

Step 3: Draw Lines

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now draw radiating lines from some things and draw shape patterns in other areas. you want to draw on the whole page!
fill it up with nonsense. scribbles- the word "onomatopoeia"...
circles, x's, the shape of a paperclip, jab at the paper with the marker. make it interesting. make some outlines stronger.
this is really art- I'm totally serious.

Step 4: The Once Over...

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look at your drawing....
color in areas. make sure that there are no gaping holes. color in areas that look wierd. having sark and light areas will make the picture interesting.
By the end you should have very little clues that you wrote your ideas on the page.
the patterns will make the picture interesting and people will really be interested in your art!

Step 5: Voila!

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your new modern art drawing is ready to be under a magnet on the freezer.
Or posted out on your cubicle.
Be proud! You are an artist and you just drew some lines and wrote some words!
Great job. Have fun!


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coolsista9 (author)2014-02-01

Wow!!!!! It's so cool!!!! I tried it and this is how it turned out.

xMeikekuijpers (author)2013-07-25

This is mine ! I liked to do it !

jsvitlik (author)2012-05-02

This is mine, first try and took about 1 hour. I split it up, i didnt do it all at once xD.

GinkoJojo (author)2011-08-25

Very cute! I think this is a great concept and you've got some creative skills there!

jm210458 (author)2008-02-19

I appreciate the instructable, although, I am a little disappointed to see this done so easily. I think I've lost my romance with art.

bryandhispup (author)jm2104582011-06-20

Art is an expression from the heart, it can be complicated or easy, it's what you make it. If this was too easy for you try making a challenge for yourself to make it more difficult and I promise ot will be rewarding. the fact that this is so easy for you just means your mind wants more! feed your imagination and let the emotions flow through your chosen artistic tools. Like I said the only reason you were disappointed in the ease of this project is because you obviously desire your art to be a challenge... SO use that to create AWESOME things. :) good luck and happy tinkering.

cool (author)jm2104582009-09-03

That's why I love art so much. Because it can take years to finish or seconds. Just depends on how you look at it, and as 'they' say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

skytri (author)2010-08-07

Amazing tutorial! Tried it and turn out nearly the same, thanks!

minhocaloka (author)2009-06-16

nhumm I can do a wallpaper to my bedroom!!=D

sweet man!=D

Tommyhzy (author)2009-03-21

Hey, check out mine! I used about 1 hour! It was really fun!

trinichick (author)2009-05-27

That's really cool.

blackhawk690 (author)2009-05-12

WOW thats the only word I can think of at the moment. I'm an artist my self and I love this type of modern style with a hint of abstract mixed into it> Great job I will use this technique for my art. WELL done. 5 stars!

belligerentbanana (author)2008-02-23

this is one i did like a long long time ago. then i saw this and i was like !! craziness. i'm currently doing one, and i plan to make it huge. lmao

I don't see it

Alien_NL (author)2009-04-11

Wow, awesome thanks! :D I didn't know that i could ever do it myself. :D

sssssbooom (author)2009-04-10

I wanted to try but didn't have a pen and paper handy so I did it in ms paint I like it

xmerlijn (author)2009-03-20

Wooow, that's amazing :D

Tommyhzy (author)2009-03-16

Here's a tip for Y'all artists! When searching for pictures of your drawings, search the name first, then search the name + "clip art" behind it. Also, remove any pluralization (remove the s). Therefore you can look for already-simplified images! Example: Searching for "oranges" First search: "oranges" --- returned very detailed images... Second search: "orange clip art" -- returned very fine samples of modern art.

Tommyhzy (author)Tommyhzy2009-03-16

Maybe you could add this to this Instructable... just so everyone could see this tip.

franalpo (author)2007-12-15

this is what i came up with... this is a great way of being able to express ones self through artwork.

amccall (author)franalpo2009-02-15

this one is really fun! I love the backgrounds you did - the dots and stripes and letters and zigzags.

dianneiyisan (author)franalpo2007-12-16

lovely artwork! you've really got something there! Where do you live? Malibu? That drawing is like the stuff I see in the gallery!

Stanaboy (author)2008-06-17

I made one too :D

amccall (author)Stanaboy2009-02-15

ooooooh I like that!!

akaBarto (author)2008-05-25

I liked this Instuctable very much, it opened my mind in some sort of way. I decided to do it on a smaller piece of paper, becuse i didnt had any thick markers. I made it in about 2 hours, but i was really enojoing it.

amccall (author)akaBarto2009-02-15

this one is cool! good job :)

DrCoolSanta (author)akaBarto2008-07-27

I really liked the detail, good job.

amccall (author)2007-10-27


RazorEnzo (author)amccall2008-05-10

Hey, I like that Holy Bible that you drew. And I am happy that it interests you. Those are beautiful colors and you have a very creative imagination. I think your's looks better that anybody else's here! Nice job God bless you

amccall (author)RazorEnzo2009-02-15

RazorEnzo and Volquete, thank you so much :)

volquete (author)amccall2009-02-14


mwwdesign (author)amccall2008-03-16

This looks great!

annaharris (author)amccall2008-01-10

The colour definitely works with this kind of art work. Beautiful job. Great idea for the artist with limited drawing skills. I'll give this one a go soon.

amccall (author)annaharris2008-01-10

Thank you! I had lots of fun with this. I used a combination of Prismacolor colored pencils and some oil pastels.

dianneiyisan (author)amccall2007-12-16

the colour is boss. the black crosses seem like lost souls flying in infinity.....

zero838 (author)2009-02-15

heres mine right here :)

(it wont let me upload pictures)

egriff (author)2009-01-16

I remember doing something like this my freshman year of highschool. Its really not my style, I'm more of a comic book guy.

jakee117 (author)2008-10-25

I enjoy making this style of art, here is one of the drawings I made-

theophilus (author)2008-05-17

A mi me gusta el bibel!

Gogglez (author)2008-04-24

I don't draw often, but I like this. I did one, but it took me about a day. Here's mine.

summit (author)2008-03-16

Great job!!! I'm going to try to make one, but it could take me about an hour lol!!!

FlyingMonkieBoy (author)2007-07-10

Haha I MADE ONE!!! well mine isn't that good lol but it did take 30 mins or so!!! lol

This looks really cool, but I think if you filled in with more solid black in the background, it would look even better. More contrast!

Really nice Instructable.. and it takes out the pressure of drawing on a white page.....

Charles IV (author)2007-12-20

Here's mine, though it's more demented than modern:

mwwdesign (author)Charles IV2008-03-16

Nice one!

shaunak (author)Charles IV2008-02-04

I like it!

Mr.Asmith9 (author)2007-07-05

Dude, That is really AWESOME, However I think you should put only the Images you are explaining in the steps.. Therefor there wont be as many repeats. But besides that its awesome I'm gonna have to try that... My problem is I cant even draw a brain or a bird, let alone a cellphone I use at least 20 times a day lol.

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