Can I Paint Before I can Draw?

This question isn’t particularly easy to answer with a yes or no.  Of course you can paint before you can draw.  I think the question should be whether or not you want to and not to see drawing and painting as separate activities.

Regardless of if you are drawing or painting you will still be facing similar challenges in creating artwork.  Perspective, tone, line, capturing movement, gesture, proportion and composition are all key skills that are going to be challenges in drawing and painting.

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How Do I Plan a Still Life?

A word ‘still life’ means painting or drawing inanimate objects (things that are not living).  Still life is often seen as dull, but it is important when you are learning to draw. I think still life is the best place to start if you are a beginner because the items don’t move and you  have some choice of how difficult to make a still life.

There are all sorts of challenges in any still life such as shape, proportions, texture, viewpoints and you can draw from real life.  Therefore still life is really good for developing observational drawing skills.

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