Anyone Can Learn to Draw
Rosiland & The Way
photography composition by Yaro Photography / drawing (c) by Emily Boller
Earlier this week, my son-in-law asked if I would have time to sketch a “gesture drawing.” He’s in a band (Rosiland & The Way), and he’s been in charge of designing the cover for their new album.
I taught a beginning drawing class for adults two years ago, and he was one of my students. He really liked my gesture drawings of people, so that’s what he wanted for the album cover.
It was fun to draw again. I hadn’t done it in awhile, and I think I’m going to move my easel into the highly-trafficked, dining room in order to draw for at least fifteen minutes every day. The old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind,” applies to making art too!
The following is the process of that drawing.
I started with a very light sketch in order to block in the composition–the lines are barely noticeable–sort of like making an outline of the contents of a book manuscript before writing it. (I used a No.2 graphite pencil for this drawing.)
Then I added more layers of details. I continually looked at a picture of the band as I drew. The most important part of drawing is looking at the object you are drawing . . . continuously. You’d be amazed at details you see when you draw!
(My oldest daughter is a photographer. She took the picture of the band that I used, and she has great compositional skills so that part of the drawing was easy peasy.)
I kept adding more details while continually looking back at the photograph. . . continuously.
Note how lightly I sketched. You never want to draw with heavy lines until the very end–and even then, it is best to keep a light touch, if possible.
I just kept adding more lines and shading to create a two-dimensional illusion of people.
My son-in-law wanted me to stop at this point. He wanted just a gesture sketch with no details of facial features.
I worked on this drawing in three, fifteen-minute blocks of time.
Anyone can learn to draw. It is a learned skill that takes practice to “draw fluently”–just like learning to speak a foreign language or play a musical instrument–anyone can learn the skill.
Now it’s your turn to pick up that No.2 graphite pencil you have lying in your desk drawer and start drawing. You may need to purchase a beginning drawing book or take a drawing class to receive instruction as you begin. A good teacher will guide, without stifling your unique style.