Learning How to Draw, is Learning How to See.
DOT: Drawing Challenge
What compels us to draw? What compels us to create art, even when we feel that what we have created is lousy? Why do we do it? I don’t know. I just know I
want need to do it, and I want to do it well. I don’t think I have a message to relay, except to excite, to inspire, and spark the imagination. That’s not much, is it?
But drawing is scary. It’s us against a great white blank page, and sometimes that great white blank page wins.
It’s a struggle, to even think of what to do on that great white page, because I know that most of the time I’m going to mess up, and I hate messing up.
It’s a struggle to pull those images from your imagination, and figure out what to do with what lines you have created.
So why do I do it? Why do I keep on trying, even though I might see thousands of artists and illustrators better than I am?
Because art is fun! I know it, and you know it. If you are reading this, then you probably want to know how to draw. You might even know how, but you want to hone your skills. You might have read some how to draw books, or taken some classes. Maybe it was something you did when you were younger, but you grew up, and put down your crayons for more grown up pursuits. Maybe you are young, and you want to know how to draw because you love it… Because drawing is fun.
In art, drawing is the foundation to everything else. It doesn’t matter what kind of art you want to create, having strong drawing skills supports everything else, even if you what you want to create doesn’t look anything like reality.
Because when you draw, you are training your eye, you are becoming familiar with every line you produce, and the details you see.
In Drawing Lab for mixed media arts, by Carla Sonheim, Katherine Dunn says “Drawing is a tool to help you see.” I have heard that before. That learning how to draw is really learning how to see.
So, I am starting this DOT: Drawing Challenge: free art lessons to get you inspired.
For the next six weeks (and even more if we are have more things to draw) we will explore drawing. I say explore, because even though I hope everyone who participates improves in their drawing skills (and the more you draw the better those skills will become), the main thing I want you to get out of this challenge is to love drawing so much you keep it up.
What is the Dot Drawing Challenge? It is will be a series of lessons that will help you learn how to draw, and trust that what you draw really is art.
Who can participate in the DOT challenge? Anyone can participate at anytime. You don’t have to sign up for e-mail posts, or post a comment, or join the facebook group, or follow me on twitter. You can just stop in and visit. These lessons are free, so bookmark them for reference, and get going.
This would also be a good resource for homeschoolers teachers looking for an art lessons.
Disclaimer: I have to admit, I am doing this for me as much as for you. I feel like I need to expand my horizons and loosen up a little bit when it comes to the creative process. And it would be more fun doing it with you!
I have created a Facebook group for this art challenge called DOT Drawing Challenge group. Click on the link, and ask to join. It is open to anyone, and I would love to read your comments. This is where we can post our results, ask questions, and cheer each other on (as well as comment at the end of these posts).
The first item of business, what to call this challenge. I called it DOT for short, but what should the letters represent? I came up with Drawing Off Tempo, or Drawing Off Tune, but I was sure you guys would come up with some better ones. Add a suggestion in the comments below, or at the Facebook group. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
And to make it more fun, I have some giveaways! This giveaway starts now, and closes in two weeks, but I will have other art supplies to giveaway once this one closes.
One thing that I was given as a budding artist was a watercolor travel kit. I still have it and use it. I love watercolor because it can give such an instant splash of color, but still challenges me. It is portable, and doesn’t stink up the house. So I am giving away this Koi watercolor pan travel set.
I am also giving away Colerase colored pencils. They just make drawing fun, and anything that mixes things up and helps me create more art is great.
There are a lot of ways to enter for the giveaway. Subscribe to the blog and post a comment telling me what you want to learn how to draw (tell me that you have subscribed in the post, or that you are already subscribed, post on facebook, twitter, and pinterest. You can enter some entries everyday, and the more times you enter, the greater chance you have of winning!
Subscribing to my blog is another great way to keep up with the challenge. You can unsubscribe at any time.
Stay connected. The DOT drawing challenge starts in two weeks, but you can ask to join the Facebook group page at any time. When the challenge finally starts we can post our art, ask questions, and make requests. I am so excited!
Have a questions? Ask now, and make a requests. I want to hear from you!
Are you ready to draw? If not, you will be! Check out my next post on supplies here.
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