It's the start of a new year, and if you're anything like me, you're probably feeling motivated to try out some new hobbies and learn new skills. One hobby that I've been passionate about for years (as you can probably guess) is drawing.
As an expert in this field, I can tell you that learning to draw is a valuable skill to have not only for arts sake but for your mental health too. It's a great way to relax, tap into your creativity, and express yourself. And the best part is, anyone can learn to draw with some practice and patience.
If you're new to drawing and feeling a little intimidated, don't worry! I've put together a few tips and resources to help you get started.
First things first, you'll need some basic materials. All you really need to get started is a pencil, some paper, and an eraser. You might also want to invest in a set of pencils but honestly, if you're just starting out, get yourself a 2B and an 8B and you're good to go. If you want to get a little more fancy, you can try out different types of paper from 80gsm to 150gsm. Personally, I like to touch it to decide so I am for something that's smooth like printing paper but slightly thicker.
Once you have your materials, it's time to start practicing! There are tons of resources out there for learning to draw, from online tutorials and classes to art books and instructional videos. I recommend starting with some basic techniques, such as shading and proportion. Please promise me this - you wont worry about getting everything perfect - just have fun and see where your creativity takes you.
This year, I'm going to be hosting a 52 week drawing challenge! Seems like a lot but really, it's 20 minutes a week to improve your drawing. You can follow along by signing up to my pattern page and seeing how you get on :).
As you start to get the hang of things, set some small goals for yourself. Maybe you want to draw one thing from life each week, or work on improving your ability to draw from reference images. Whatever it is, make sure to celebrate your progress along the way. And if you ever feel stuck or unsure, just remember that everyone starts somewhere. There are tons of amazing artists out there who started as beginners and honed their skills over time.
So go ahead and give drawing a try this year! I promise it's a fun and rewarding hobby that anyone can enjoy. And if you ever need any guidance or advice, don't hesitate to reach out. Happy creating! :)