How I learn any drawing skill + printable Skill Study Sketchbook!

How I learn any drawing skill + printable Skill Study Sketchbook!

April 22, 2017 By inquisitiveart

In my quest to develop my artistic skills I’ve developed a structure that helps me get focused on and improve on whatever my current goal is-you should try it!

The most valuable things I have learned from the (embarrassingly huge number of) productivity and learning articles I’ve read are that I need to:

  • stay motivated
  • break the subject into manageable parts
  • gather resources
  • and work consistently.

In order to improve my illustration ability I first clarified what I want to improve on (perspective, anatomy, shading, etc). Now I work on each part individually, create tutorials on it as I learn, and incorporate skills I’ve learned before in each new project.

This learning can get messy, disorganized, and overwhelming with all the various skills I want to learn and resources I find.

For a long time I had sketches for studying something, random doodles, projects for gifts, and more all cluttered together in my sketchbook so I couldn’t just focus on one thing at a time. I also had all my resources jumbled together in my bookmarks folder and random lists of “books to read” so I could never find exactly what I needed-even if I had already found it in the past and saved it!

I needed an organized and clear space I could keep my sketches that were specifically tied to learning skills. I also wanted something that would eventually make great sources of reference if I want to go back and remember something in the future.

How to draw in 1-point perspective: ANYONE can do it!

How to draw in 1-point perspective: ANYONE can do it!

April 7, 2017 By inquisitiveart
Drawing with 1-point perspective is an important skill to understand in order to make 3D objects look realistic. So what are we waiting for? Step 1: Horizon line and Vanishing Point A line and a dot. You can do it.

The horizon is obviously where the sky and land appear to meet.

A specific spot on it is the vanishing point. As objects you are looking at get further and further away from you, and closer to the horizon, they seem to bend towards this point and once they reach it they vanish. That’s why it is called the “vanishing point”, or vp.

You can hopefully guess why this method is called 1-point perspective.

There are more complicated ways to do this where you add more vps, I’ll add tutorials on them soon…

Step 2: Front of Object and Guidelines  Draw the front of your object (houses are easy!) flat.

This means that rectangles and triangles will have all their normal angles.

Then draw a line from every corner connecting it to the vp.

If the line passes directly through the object you can just erase it.

Step 3: Chop Off the End Now cut off the end of your object with a line that is parallel  to the side it is coming from.

This means that the far edge of the building is vertical like the front edge and the far edge of the roof is at the same angle as the closer edge.

How to draw in 1-point perspective from above!

How to draw in 1-point perspective from above!

April 6, 2017 By inquisitiveart
First, you start with one dot, or point, because it’s “1-point perspective “. You should already know that though, since you have totally all ready  done the first tutorial on perspective, right?

If not, go ahead and check it out here: http://inquisitiveart.com/2017/04/07/draw-1-point-perspective-anyone-can/

No worries, I’ll wait.

Great! Now that you’re back make one dot for your vanishing point and then draw the flat tops of your objects. I did a few varied shapes for rooftops in a city (one has a pool).

No horizon line this time because you are looking straight down. 

Second, connect your shape to the vanishing line and cut it off. This should feel familiar. Just like before, make sure that the lines of the “top” edges are parallel to the “bottom” edges. Third, add details (like windows!).

The sides of the windows will angle to the vanishing point. The tops and bottoms will be parallel to each other and the top edge of the building. They will also get closer together as they get closer to the vanishing point.

Fourth, repeat those steps to add more buildings…or furniture, or whatever you’re drawing. Fifth, erase the extra lines, and add detail to the bottom.

Any details on the bottom or rooftop size will appear flat and can be drawn normally. Like the roads and cars I added. The circular rooftop pool is another example of this.

I also added another building to demonstrate how making a building look taller is as easy as increasing the space between the top and bottom. 

How to fail at a travel sketchbook (In 10 easy steps!)

April 5, 2017 By inquisitiveart

After a beautiful vacation for three weeks in the South Island of New Zealand, and less than 20 drawings to show for it, I am in awe of my lack of skill and dedication.

As the worst travel-sketcher ever I can now give you the kind of advice that will ensure that you are unable to record your travels in an enjoyable and creative manner-despite all the amazing benefits of recording your journeys through art.

1. Make sure your sketchbook is large enough! Mine was just slightly too large to fit in the convenient front pocket of my backpack. This is perfect if you want your sketchbook difficult to retrieve, and thus too much of a bother for spur-of-the-moment drawings.

2. Spend (all your) time with other travelers! Even a beautiful, leisurely hike offers few opportunities for sketches when you’re afraid to slow down the group! The important thing here is never taking enough time by yourself to relax and get into your drawing, bonus points if FOMO keeps you busy and distracted during the day AND night!

3. Forget your sketchbook in your hostel or have it put in the storage compartment of the bus. This is a no-brainer, no sketchbook=no sketching.

4. Write in it. A lot. This advice works really well after forgetting to sketch for a few days. Just try to catch up on all the memories you forgot to record by filling pages writing about them!

Mt. Doom almost killed me- but it was worth it!

Mt. Doom almost killed me- but it was worth it!

April 5, 2017 By inquisitiveart

The sun had almost finished rising above the distant hills as we arrived at the trailhead for the Tongariro Crossing. My three companions, one friend I had been traveling with for a while and two hitchhikers we’d picked up the day before, and I soon set off on a trail I had been hearing about since arriving in New Zealand. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I bounced along the first 2 kilometers of nearly flat walking while admiring (and photographing) the gorgeous views of the mountains in the distance. Including the steep, volcanic cone we would be climbing. My gross overconfidence was quickly revealed though once we reached the actual ascents- mostly sets of uneven steps that led to more, steeper steps.

I was soon lagging behind my three, ever so patient, companions and cursing myself for making them wait as I used my hands to push down on my legs and propel my body up one step at a time.

“Why was I doing this again?”

After a blissful break that I spent guzzling water, we set off up the side trail to summit Mount Ngauruhoe (better known as Mt. Doom) which seemed like a great idea for about three minutes. Then my renewed energy suddenly flatlined. I was once again struggling to force two tired and heavy legs up a set of steps while watching my companions slowly get farther and farther ahead.

Then we reached the side of the mountain and all pretense of a path disappeared.