How to Paint, Draw, Color and Otherwise DO ART!




About: Retired, doing art work now. Great. Have the time and the money to spend doing what I want to do.

A slideshow depicting various media in animal portraits, and other assorted subjects. Different techniques are shown to include: pencil, color pencil, acrylic paint, woodburning, watercolor and so on. I am self taught but give credit to various artists: Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Lee Hammond; Drawing realistic Portraits, Walter Foster books, and many others. The key to doing art is to just do it! Start, and practice, practice, practice.

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    those are amazing you should show how to draw things like the eyes and the facial characteristics i would totally love to be able to even try to draw something like that.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    Here's a tip so surprisingly good (it comes from an art teacher of mine, not me directly) that you'll shock yourself with how well you will soon learn to draw:

    1) DON'T outline your drawing first. In fact, make a rule for yourself... draw no lines until the very last finishing touches on your drawing.

    2) Instead, first look at the drawing as a composition of flowing shapes. Moving your hand quickly and lightly, draw the full shapes as though creating a wire frame dummy. Try not to lift your pencil, just draw over the lines until the shape looks right and do it quickly. These shapes will disappear into your drawing, so don't worry if they're not perfect.

    3) NOW, go back and instead of drawing lines look at every shadow shape and shade it into place. The shapes of each shadow are more important than the overall drawing. Try to stay aware of the shapes of light, too. It's shapes of shadow and light that make B&W photos powerful. It's shapes of light and dark color that do the same for color photos or paintings.

    4) When you're done, you'll be surprised with how much better a drawing you've already created. NOW you can go back in and darken or lighten parts of a shadow. At this point, you can also "draw" with your eraser too, pulling away shading to refine shapes of light.

    5) Only now, if need be, go in and add lines. But even here, try to see the lines as just very thin shadows.

    Try it... you will be surprised.

    Amazing art. I really hope I can be that great someday. (:
    This is what I do if I want to copy a picture:
    1. I trace the whole picture.
    2. (new piece of paper) I look at the picture and free-hand the whole picture without shading
    3. I repeat step 2 and add in shading.
    4. I repeat step 3 as long as it takes until I can copy the picture without looking at it.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I appreciate the fact you can draw. Your title however was a bit misleading. I thought there would be some sort of instructions or tips how to begin to draw. After all your title "How to paint, draw etc..." implies some guidelines or "how to".
    After all this site is called "instructables". I would suggest a more accurate title, for example, "My art from practice practice practice".

    You learned by doing. I wish I learned like that. I learn visually; that is by watching someone else teaching me or by lots of pictures.

    I hope you are enjoying your retirement. I just wanted to pass on my thoughts.

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I can give you an idea that work for me .
    1)Trace the outline in pecil , of what you want to draw , if a face ,Eyes,Nose , and Wrinkels
    .2)Try and complete the eyes with shadow and all .The eyes are the most important of all .If you can duplicate the eyes you are halfway there .
    3)Now start filling in the rest of the face ie.shadows ,wrinkels and lines
    4) Whatch for area round nose and mouth ,do not deviate .
    These are expression lines and can change all the facial features
    .I found the 5 Pencil Method of Darrel Tank very helpful .
    Good luck


    9 years ago on Introduction

    i wish i could get into that coloured pencil crap. my mother got me some for my birthdat, but being the cheap person that she is, got me a small varaity of colours that break everytime i try to sharpen them. and i never get to go to the art store cuz it  has the weirdest hours


    10 years ago on Introduction

    You obviously have a talent but I was disappointed that this does not live up to it's title, there are not hints or tips on how to draw! I especially like the picture of the cat, you have added the comment it 'Graphite pencil drawing', the cat seem to have real personalty!

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    The gentleman at instructables did tell you how to learn to draw -- practice practice practice! You have 10,000 bad drawings in your hand and you just have to do them. You have to train your eye and grow bone spurs for new muscle and nerve attachments. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     not exactly sure it works that way... but i get what you're saying. 
    To clarify:  Not sure about that bone spurs and muscle.  otherwise, practice makes perfect!


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Any anatomist looking at your skeleton will know if you were into tennis -- or pounding grain. The body rebuilds its systems to channel strengths into present activities.  Hence that other old truism: "use it or lose it."


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I have to admit, it was worth spending the time on the eyes of the first picture (Shiloh the dog); they really do look real.

    My favorite is the wood-burned lion; how did you do that? I'm guessing that you used a soldering iron, because of all the lines on the mane.