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Drawing: Cheaper than Therapy ;)

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Hi, welcome. I'm passionate about writing and making art! I like sharing my thoughts and who I am through my articles.


So, You're interested in drawing? You aspire to be that great artist you see online. Well I have something to tell you: it's going to take time. No, not a day, not a month, a year if you're passionate.

If you're here for the tips and tricks of drawing a symmetrical face, with the perfect eyebrows, nose and mouth, you've come to the wrong place. I'm simply going to share my experience with drawing and why it makes me happy. Or simply content ;)

How I Got Started

My mom enrolled me into a drawing class when I was 5, but inspiration to draw really came from my friends at school. We used whatever we had, be it coloured pencils or sticks and sand. Since we were kids, we were easily satisfied. It wasn't until I was 11 that I started asking for better pencil and inks.

At the time I obviously wasn't a great artist, it was mostly just the You Tube videos I watched that really amazed me. I used to think that you'd have lots of colours and top notch paper to make something stunning. That feeling eventually faded when I realized that it was more skill than utensils needed. (also because I watched Jazza and that was humbling.)

YouTube was a big inspiration to me. YouTubers like Drawingwithwaffles, Jazza, SuperaeDizzle and BaileyJae were all the artists I loved as a kid. They were the OG artists who shaped what my art looks like today and gave me inspiration to draw. If I have any simple advice to give budding artists, it's to look up to someone. It doesn't have to be an artist, just someone who ignites that passion inside of you, a person who pushes your art to be better.

Recent drawing :)

Recent drawing :)

Why I like Drawing

I don't know about you, but drawing makes me feel calm. It's almost therapeutic, like burning candles on a rainy day.

Drawing makes me feel proud of myself, it makes me feel like I'm good at something (This doesn't happen all too often). I took up the violin, but I'm not good at it. Grades aren't something I feel content about because there's always someone better. Drawing however, it's hard to explain. You know there are people out there ten times better maybe even a hundred times better, and yet they can't come up with the same exact idea that you had, and that makes me feel unique. Maybe this is just a mind trick my brain's playing.

Drawing helps me express repressed feelings too, regardless of the outcome. Even a red scribble could turn out to be my sign of distaste in an issue, whether it be globally or simple family issues. I can easily get inspiration from recent news, it'll have a larger impact and be more meaningful to others compared to an original character.

There are times however that I hesitate before drawing. That's when people ask me to draw THEM. Like I don't mind drawing you, but if you think it doesn't look like you, please don't be mad at me. It's either because my skills aren't up to your par, or you're simply what I perceived you to be, "unique" looking. If you ever ask someone to draw you, make sure you have enough self-consciousness to know how you actually look, not how you're girlfriend says you look, okay? Otherwise you're going to have a huge reality check :)


How I Tried to Improve

Practice makes perfect is seriously the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I believe the only reason they came up with this phrase is just because they couldn't find anything else that sounds nice with practice other than perfect. I'd probably be more convinced if the phrase was "Practice makes Better", granted it doesn't sound as good as the first one, but it's a much more realistic goal.

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I don't think anyone strives to be perfect, other than Asian tiger moms, who knows what their definition of perfect would be? You'll always have room for improvement whether you like it or not. I vaguely remember someone saying this: " No piece is really finished." And I really stand by this, no art piece is finished or perfect, just like how no one can be perfect, there will always be a little pocket of air for improvement.

Back to the main point, how I tried to improve. I emphasise tried because it wasn't a golden, straight road to improvement, it was more of narrow, long, winding road that had countless of crossroads. To keep it simple, it's a road of trial and error. I've tried a few ways over the course of a couple of years, there was the anime season, Pinterest references, copying friends art, drawing from memory, YouTube drawing tutorials, so on and so forth.

The most effective one I think was the YouTube tutorials and loads of practice. It's better as reference since you're able to see the process at any speed. Practice is self-explanatory. Practice is important in any aspect of our lives, it can be dancing to writing an essay to initiating conversation. Practice is important in helping us to preserve and hone a certain skill.

Getting feedback from others is also a great way to know how others perceive your art and how you should improve. Sometimes what we see isn't like what others see, and is good to get the occasional slap in the face from reality.

A little tip when you backslide into art block, watch YouTube videos. They help to start a little spark inside of you ;)


How You Can Get Started

Remember that drawing should be a passion, not a burden that you carry everyday. It's important that you not only get started with the right equipment, but also the right mindset. Don't get into it thinking of making money by selling art or the latter. Think of it as a hobby.

If you don't have anyone to look up to as an artist, I have a few recommendations. These are the artists that helped me throughout the years of learning art. Recently I've been getting into watercolour and coloured pencils and Matthew Sorgie's videos really helped a lot.

If you're wondering what supplies I'd recommend, I'd say watercolour pencils. Just because the pigments are really vibrant and it's really versatile.

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Matthew Sorgie




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You've decided that you're going to pick up drawing. Great! To sum up the tips that I've given, here's a little list:

Tips I have to offer

1. Draw because you want to not because you're forced to.

2. Let others give feedback, receive constructive criticism with open arms

3. Learn from others

4. Practice makes better

5. Not everything you draw will be loved, and that's okay

If you've decided that drawing isn't for you, supporting your local small artists are a great way of showing love to the community. Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead :)

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