Do I need a Drawing Board?

This is a question that cropped up just this week, many beginners are confused about drawing boards, are they necessary?  Well they do have their advantages for drawing.  The drawing board is a support that allows you to draw at an upright angle which is better than drawing flat on a table or desk.   The reason is because you can draw without having to keep looking up from your drawing.

When you are measuring with a pencil the measurements are more accurate once transferred to the paper as you are not distorting the angle when your paper is upright or more upright.   It helps if you can see your subject over the board so you are not stretching your head over the board, so I position my board at an angle that is comfortable for seeing over the top.  I like to prop my drawing board against a desk or another chair in front.

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How Can I be Confident About My Art?

Teaching art for several  years now means I’ve come across many learners and students who don’t feel confident about their art.  Even those that are clearly very talented can doubt themselves and compare their art with others, so how can we feel more confident about our art?  I offer a few tips on a few things that can help.

Getting used to sharing

One of the biggest barriers to confidence is showing your art to others.  Those of us who are not in the habit of showing others and getting feedback can build up a real fear of sharing art or even people seeing what we are doing.  If you can find a way of sharing your art such as attending a class where others will see your work or even an online forum your confidence will grow.  There is something about overcoming this barrier that gives confidence, even if the feedback isn’t positive.

Sharing your artwork
Being in an art class is a great way to share with others

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