I know that some students love drawing. Some of you love drawing after school, over the weekends, and on vacations. If you plan to do some drawing during the summer and want to practice your observational drawing (meaning that you want to learn to draw real things more realistically), then watch the following two videos.
This short instructional video reviews the basic steps to drawing realistically from observation (this mean: by looking closely at the thing you’re trying to draw):
1. FIRST, DRAW THE SIMPLE SHAPES AND LINES
2. THEN, REFINE YOUR SHAPES AND LINES
3. FINALLY, ADD DETAILS LAST
*And always draw very LIGHTLY at first, so you can erase those lines easily later on.
The second video is a bit longer, reviews the same ideas, but goes into a bit more depth:
The key thing is to look closely at the different types of lines and shapes you see on the thing you’re drawing.
Remember: lines can be STRAIGHT, CURVED, BENT, ZIG-ZAG, CURLY, WAVY, THIN, THICK, SHORT, LONG, DOTTED, DASHED, and more.
Remember: shapes can be CIRCLES, OVALS, SQUARES, RECTANGLES, TRIANGLES, OBLONG, THIN, WIDE, ORGANIC, GEOMETRIC, DIAMONDS, PENTAGONS, HEXAGONS, OCTAGONS, STARS, and more.
Don’t forget to have your eraser by your side. Erasing is important! It means that you’ve noticed something about your drawing that you can do better! So just erase your first effort and try again.
“If you are not making mistakes, you’re not taking enough risks.” – Debbie Millman, artist & designer