Have you ever considered being an artist, but didn’t know where to start? Well I can help you. Drawing is a skill that can benefit you greatly in life.
Art has been around for a long time, and as time has gone on it has evolved with technology. According to Wikipedia “Drawing became significant as an art form around 1500...” Answers.com states “Art has actually been around almost as long as the world itself. We can trace early pieces of art as far back as the Paleolithic period, also known as the Ice Age. This was between 35,000 and 10,000 B.C.E. People from stone age already use art…” Art changes a lot with technology available. For example, websites like http://drawisland.com/ allows you to draw online with your computer mouse. According to Deviantart “It's not *easier* if you can't draw on paper/canvas/whatever though. You still have to study and practice all the fundamentals that come with any sort of art.“ Art has been around for longer than when we can trace back to, but archeologists have found pieces of art dating back to the Paleolithic period. That is over 55,000 years ago. As you look back on art throughout the years, you can see that the technology available has a lot to do with the style and look of the art. Not only can you draw on a piece of paper, canvas, and many more things, but you can also do it on electronics. We have so much information and opportunities at our fingertips, and drawing is one of them. There are applications and programs you can download to your computer or mobile device that enable you to draw. Although it’s not easier to draw on one of these applications, it’s still easier to access. This way you don’t have to carry art supplies around with you, and you can just take out your mobile device.
Drawing takes a lot of patience, but by following the correct steps it helps the outcome. According to FineArtTips there are 9 steps on how to draw including, “Step #1 Don’t focus mainly on photos when drawing. You also need to draw anything that you can see in the environment...Step #2 As you start drawing, do not focus on the smallest details...Step #3 Some of the best artworks take several days to complete. This is also the same with drawings. You can work on the layout, and you can add the details little by little...Step #4 To complete a work of art, you must think positive and reassure yourself that you can do it...Step #5 Similar to focusing on the big picture, you should start working on simple drawings...If you want to avoid boredom and loss of interest, you need to work on something that you’re passionate about or at least, something that you like… Step #6 Instead of drawing what you know, try to focus on what you actually see… Step #7 Draw in a room where there is proper ventilation, adequate natural sunlight, and properly lit area… Step #8 Simple and clean pieces of paper are enough, and be sure to keep pencils sharp… Step #9 Practice makes perfect.” When I am drawing I follow these steps, but I also have my own way to do things. To draw well you don’t have to follow these procedures exactly, but they’re very helpful. Although some people don’t like to try to draw a photo, I would rather focus on a picture I found online. As soon as I start, I can’t focus on the small details, or it stresses me out. Instead of drawing the small details I draw the shapes that make up what I am drawing, and then draw the big details. Unless it’s small and simple, a drawing will take many days to finish. It takes a lot of time critiquing things to draw something amazing, and it takes a lot of practice. While drawing, I remind myself that, although someone may be better than me, I’m really good and I am still getting better. One of the main things to learning how to draw is to keep a good attitude. When you first begin drawing, with little experience, start simple with something you are interested in, so you don’t have to worry about the process becoming tedious. Although some people might be able to just think of a complicated design and just draw it, most people need to see it in front of them. Try not to think about what it looks like, and actually focus on what it looks like. Along with proper tools, you need to draw in a comfortable room. You’ll get nowhere if you are focusing on how uncomfortable you are. Since art supplies can be expensive, it’s not a must when drawing something simple. All you need is sharpened pencils and a piece of paper. The more you draw, the better you will get. From personal experience, I can say that practicing does improve the outcome greatly.
There are many health benefits that come with learning how to draw. According to 10 Great Health Benefits Of Painting and Drawing, “These activities would then play a beneficial role in the development of one’s brain...Thus, they may still enjoy a lot of activities in their lives in spite of their condition,” (Alzheimer's) “...Another point in the long list of health benefits of painting and drawing would involve the opportunity to improve one’s communication with other people...In fact, painting and drawing enables an individual to realize that there can be more than one solution to a single problem… For one, many people use art to release stress… An individual may also develop optimism and feel happier through painting and drawing… In fact, physical pain may even disappear as one is deeply involved in his paintings and drawings… These activities can cause an increase in an individual’s emotional intelligence… These activities can also promote the improvement of the senses… As a result, fine motor skills would arise… He would be able to pay closer attention to finer details.” Along with the confidence you get from knowing how to draw, there are many other health benefits to drawing. Soon after beginning to draw one’s self esteem rises, and they become proud of their work. Those with alzheimer's disease can improve their memory by drawing. People that learn to draw also gain better communication skills, whether it’s through art, or speaking. Drawing will also increase one’s ability to solve problems using critical thinking. Since drawing is so calming, it helps release stress. Just like boosting one’s self esteem, drawing also makes them happier and more positive. Not only does drawing help release stress, but it also can sooth physical pain, too. Although it sounds strange that drawing could get rid of physical pain, it’s so calming that you don’t worry about your injuries. One’s emotional intelligence will increase after beginning to draw, and they become more aware of their surroundings. Someone who draws is more likely to notice miniscule details than someone who doesn’t know how to draw. Along with improvement of the senses, their motor skills will also improve greatly. Overall drawing is a great way to improve your mental, emotional, and physical health.
Drawing is a skill that can benefit you greatly in life. Since art has been around for so long, it has evolved with technology. Although drawing takes a lot of patience, following a few simple steps you can master it. Drawing will also increase your health dramatically.