Tuesday, 7 April 2015


There are numerous ways for one to express his/her emotions, feelings and even convey messages and communicate. One of the most used ways since the birth of mankind has been art. It dates back to the old historic days, where people made art on rocks amongst other levels of creativity. Amazingly, God made the first piece of art from clay, named it man, and He was happy with it! This therefore brings the significance of art to incredible levels. The 'Earth' without 'Art' is just 'eh'.

Leaving the history of art as a story for another article, there are some basics that one needs for successful drawings and the utmost fun from the same. These are explained below.

  • Have the proper drawing equipments. Artists mostly fail when they don't prepare enough for the piece of art that they want to prepare. For a graphite pencil artist for example, make sure that you have the correct eraser, that doesn't leave your work dirty, the correct pencils, either B series or H series according to the details of the reference or levels of imagination, the proper drawing surface- i prefer white sheets of paper for pencil drawings and a paper blender for a realistic finish.
  • Get into the mood. This mostly applies to imaginative drawing. Visualise the drawing in your head before putting it down on paper. This also means becoming flexible and letting your hands have that artistic flow. 
  • Do the sketching. A drawing is a line that took a walk. Therefore, sketching here can be viewed as preparing a path for the drawing.
  • Draw what you see. After the sketching, it's now time to roll up your sleeves because this is the most interesting and tiresome part for most artists. If you thought you only required concentration skills in lecture rooms, i regret telling you that you were wrong. 'You must draw what the eye sees and not what you think you see!' This is the Basic Principle of Art. To attain realism and proper allocation of proportions, you can use the grid method where you use grids to help you attain likeness of the reference and your drawing.
  • Shading the drawing. Always shade with the light pencils first, for example, start with the B or H Pencil, so that it would be easy to erase mistakes. Then go over it with a darker pencil such as the 8B Pencil in the super darkest parts. While undertaking this process, make sure you place another clean sheet of paper over your drawing to avoid your hand messing up with the graphite as you move it while shading! Use a pencil blender to gain a soft shading in your drawings. You can alternatively use a tissue paper or an ear bud if you find trouble getting that from common stores.
  • Framing and final touches. Make sure you are satisfied with your work and every detail is included. You can the frame it creatively making it stand out from other peoples' work.
  • Identify your work. Always ensure that you have signed your work, include a watermark or a user name, for artists posting their work on instagram. This is to ensure that someone won't steal your work and make it his/ her own. Ensure that your label is placed where it can't be cropped out and it should also not interfere with your art work.
After keenly following every step above, your drawings should look better than this one that i did ;)

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