Where to start, read and study?


Here are some ideas for you.

Join some drawing courses or visit an art party. If you are rather a fan of video tutorials, then here is the popular channel of professional artist Bob Ross. Alternatively, video tutorials by Katie Jobling , where she post drawing lessons in different styles, methods and tools.

Searching ideas in books is also a good decision. For example, my favorite books are – “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth” by Andrew Loomis. or “Alla Prima II – Expanded Edition Everything I Know about Painting–And More” by Richard Schmid with Katie Swatland. And there are so many books to find inspiration from.

Find artists whose works are very close and interesting to you, chat about an art with them or even take lessons. The benefit of the Internet allows you to contact anyone you would like.

Which technique to choose?

I don’t think that in the beginning you need to limit yourself in the choice of drawing techniques. Whether you choose traditional art or digital, an album, pencils or a tablet – it depends only on your personal preferences. In the art market, everything is in demand. There are different tools, which you can use. Besides, you will need to learn the rules of perspective, composition, proportions, and color science. In addition, in order to understand whether you want to do art, whether you like this technique or another, whether drawing is what you want to do, you will need to practice (and a lot).

What can gain your inspiration?

Not only artworks can bring you the inspiration. I find my muse in design, nature, fashion and even in music. Each area has its own inspirations. For example, I really admire works of graffiti artists like Banksy and Rustam QBic. I will also note Dolce & Gabbana clothing brand and their collections, which are an art itself. Read books, go to museums, watch movies, listen to music – you never know what ultimately will be the impetus to create an art.

Is it possible to achieve something without professional education?

It all depends on your goals. If you want to fulfill your creative needs, show your relatives and friends that you are a creative person, to fulfill an old dream, then you don’t need a professional education. Although, if you have a goal to become a professional, commercially successful artist, then sooner or later you will surely encounter the need to acquire theoretical knowledge and develop more skills. It is necessary at least to improve the technical level and quality of order fulfillment.

By looking at the Malevich’s “Black Square”, it may seem that this is all that the painter is capable of to paint. However, Malevich was a professional artist and authoritative art theorist. He was painting in various techniques. It turns out that for an unprepared public, your education may be invisible.

Rules for every day.

The most important rule of the artist, in my opinion, is to practice every day, at least at the training stage. I also notice after myself, that after a long break it is very difficult to start, it is as if you have to re-learn to draw or paint, feels that the skill is lost. Seems that your hand forgets what was recently given with ease. Make sketches wherever you are. Even if you have little time, carry a sketchbook with you to sketch everything you see. It can be figures of people, streets, lanterns… Sketches perfectly develop the ocular estimation and train your hand. In addition, later they can be useful for the plot of a full-fledged paint.

Always try something new.

In the process of learning do not stop at one plot, subject or material. Try different techniques and materials, it will help you to create your own style. This may sound trite, but it is very important to be truly interested in art. Expand your horizons, watch paintings of different artists, and find out how and why they have created their works. I am sure this is an invaluable and exciting experience for any aspiring artist.

Do not be afraid of feedbacks.

You can post your oeuvres on social networks, but it seems to me that the best way to receive a feedback is at exhibitions. Expose your works and communicate with people, listen to criticism. In the end, it will help you to become more confident in your art. It is not necessary to start with large galleries: organize craftsman working at home, invite your friends and relatives.

If to imagine a successful contemporary artist, I would describe him as a charismatic, bright personality with good technical skills and ideally also with a commercial capability. But each artist has his own way. Someone has a bright character, someone is a master of drawing landscapes, and someone can sell canvas with “spittle” of paint. This diversity makes the world of art so interesting. Moreover, I sincerely believe that each of us has our own audience, which just needs to be found.

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