What are the Key Skills I need to learn to Draw?

Often I get asked by beginner learners who are very keen to learn art ‘what are the most important skills I need?’  There are many skills involved in being good at art so it is really difficult for me to answer this question.  However I do think that there are some fundamental skills in drawing that once learnt can go a long way to help you build a foundation to develop your skills on.

I was set the challenge last year to create a short course in drawing and painting which only had the absolute ‘nuts and bolts’ in it and nothing else.  After editing and revising many drafts I was able to come up with a list of the absolute essential skills and these were the areas I identified.

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4 Unhelpful Ideas About Art Classes

I have met some learners who sign up for art classes with some unhealthy ideas which end up restricting them along the way.  I thought I would share some of these thoughts and give my ideas on why they hold people back.

‘I Don’t Want to Spend Money On Materials’ 

I meet several learners who are on a budget, which I understand.  I am not a tutor who tells students to go out and buy everything (and I have met ones like this).  I think this is unrealistic for those on a budget and you don’t have to buy everything or even the most expensive materials to get good results.

There is a line however where it becomes limiting, when a learner just doesn’t want to spend anything on materials.  You can’t expect to learn about materials and experiment if you won’t buy more than one pencil and a sketchpad! Now if you just want to draw fair enough, make sure you do a drawing course and just that, otherwise some purchases will be necessary.

You should expect to buy some art materials on an art course
You should expect to buy some art materials on an art course

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