This brand new year, is it one of your goals to be the best, budding fine artist there is the world has ever seen?
If so, did you know that there are certain skills you need to have that will help you express your creative abilities to their fullest potential?
In this first article we have for 2017, we present to you the seven skills we believe you should have to welcome a beautiful career as a fine artist when you're older. Let's start, shall we?
Take every moment to draw or paint an opportunity to improve your ability to make realistic drawings. Go ahead and draw something - anything really! - and repeat the process over and over. Look at your drawings and be the greatest judge of your work. Practice more by drawing from your drawings, from photographs and from life in general! Always keep your sketchbook close by. Sooner or later, you will realize it truly pays to be intentional with your practice.
Although ruled by what you know and can imagine, constructive drawing is also all about following ojective rules of art, such as scale, volume, perspective and style to name a few. Were you able to read our article on drawing basic human body proportions? That is an example of constructive drawing worth mastering as you improve your artistic skills!
Drawing from life is a combination of different important skills, too - your proficiency in constructive drawing, your sharpness in capturing the right distances and proportions, your mastery of perspectives and your capacity to think three-dimensionally.
Exercise this skill by taking out your sketchbook and pencil out and draw the things you see from nature. Got a pet at home? Try drawing your pooch on paper. Out in the park for some fresh air? Draw the birds you see and the tall trees swaying by your side. You have endless subjects to choose from so enjoy the moment!
They say drawing from imagination is hard, but we beg to disagree.
While we understand where the challenge comes from - not being able to draw as realistically the subject you have in your mind - but there is one thing you can rely on for help. That thing is your memory!
There are two kinds of memories - active and passive memory. Active memory is keeping information you've once received and having every intention of keeping it. Passive memory is more of a read-only. Unlike your active memories, it takes a lot of effort to store passive memories in your mind. The memory may stay there, but you don't have direct access to it.
Coupling your memories with your natural creativity, drawing from imagination can be easy-peasy for you. Of course, along with lots and lots of practice ;)
Know your pencils, paints, canvasses and brushes well. While your art supplies form a great part of your artwork, it's still the skills you have and the effort you put into your work that will make your masterpiece truly fantastic!
Artistic elements like shapes, line, color, depth, texture and form can be arranged in a particular manner.
Here are some elements of composition essential to master:
- Contrast values
- Visual focus
To get your started creating figurative art, watch this video we found for you below:
Check out our article on fun color mixing activities to help you get on the right track.
Learn how to draw, paint, do crafts and so much more. Master the skills in grid drawing, free-hand drawing, shading, tile mosaics, design and a lot more from experienced art teachers hailing from prestigious art schools.
Below is our 2017 art class schedule for your immediate reference: