Day 313 - Here Are 5 Tips On How To Draw A Penguin.
Hello Monday. Who is still having a hard time getting out of bed even though we set our clocks back? Me! Whenever I feel a bit sluggish, I'll have a cup of joe and make a few quick drawings. Drawing is a great way to wake up the mind. Some of you out there might say, "Well I can't draw." The good news is everyone can draw. Yes, everyone.
My 5 year old is really into drawing. She asked me today how to draw a turkey. She tried three times before becoming very frustrated. The perfectionist in her felt her drawing didn't look like a turkey. I gave her a few pointers. Today's project is to pick and animal and draw it. Create a new way of knowing how to draw. Here 5 tips to help you on your drawing journey.
1) Drawings are made of circles and lines. Go ahead, try to argue with me but I win! Look at any drawing and it can be broken down to circles and lines. Pick the animal you want to draw, grab a photo of the animal, and squint. See the circles and lines?
2) Drawing is about proportion. Have you ever drawn something and said, "That doesn't look like a _______. It looks more like a _______." Most of the time the proportion is off. In the case of my daughter, she didn't have a photo of a turkey. When we looked at a photo of a turkey, she realized how big a turkey body is compared to the head. She did another drawing and was much happier with her 4th and final sketch.
3) Which brings me to, do several versions. Great artists draw, draw and draw some more. Practice makes perfect.
4) Study your subject carefully. We often jump to conclusions when it comes to drawing. Our mind thinks it knows what it remembers. Often times we are surprised to find that when we look at our subject, it's very different than what our mind tells us.
5) Have fun! It's just a drawing. It can be refined and created again and again.
Speaking of penguins, here is a sneak peak of very exciting project launching Wednesday November 9th.
Stay tuned for details! See you tomorrow budding Picassos.