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First Blog!!

To Draw Is To Ask Questions

Brian Tracy, one of the most inspiring motivational speaker and advisor to multi billion dollar companies once said that asking questions is one of the ways to achieving success.

Most people look at drawing just as an activity of copying what they see.

That type of view is alright if you are already proficient enough at drawing but when you are just starting out, it can lead to a lot of frustrations.

One recurring issues I found with anyone when they start learning how to draw is that they do not know where to start.

If they were trying to draw a box, they tend to look at the box as a whole and not dissect it part by part, line by line.

By breaking the box up into parts, you will be able to reconstruct it on paper much easier.

Why? Because you would know what parts make up the box and where each part goes.

Its similar to baking cookies. If you do not know the ingredients, how can you make them?

In order to achieve success in drawing, you have to ask yourself questions constantly before, during and after. Let’s look at these questions in sets:

A) Before you draw

What is the main basic shape or shapes of the object I’m trying to draw?
By asking this question, you force yourself to observe the object more closely and by doing so, you will be able to get rid of that troublesome issue of not knowing where to start. Having a blank page stare back at you can really kill off any creativity that you mustered.

If the main shape is an oval, then draw the oval first. Once you have drawn something, you automatically promote yourself to the next phase and now must ask yourself the next question.

B) While we are drawing.

The most basic question while we draw- “what’s next?”
When you draw, the activity becomes more of a relative issue. Basically, after you draw the main shape, what’s next? If you wanted to draw a square, you would need to draw one line before you continue to draw the other three. The second line must relate to the first, the third to the second and the fourth to the third.
It becomes like a connect the dots puzzle but the differences are that you determine where the next dot goes and the dots are all in your head. How accurately you place those dots determines the outcome of your drawing. And just like anything else, the more you practice, the better you get at placing those dots.

C) After you finished drawing.

What you do after is actually very important if you are seriously looking to improve your ability to draw. Ask yourself-

“What did I do well?”

“How did I do it?”

“What can I do better?”

“How can I do it better?”

All these questions help you to self-reflect, an important step to learning how to do anything better. The more detailed you can be, the better. I know artists who have more than ten journals filled up in a year with observations that they have made on their own work.

Write down your observations in a journal and remember to apply what you need to do the next time you draw. And honestly, it’s actually fun to read a journal that you wrote a year ago about your drawings. It helps you to see how much you have improved and most people who do this usually end up impressing themselves with how well they have become.

Happy Drawing!