How to Draw Artistic Confidence and Repeatable Success

Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the difficult stages of first learning how to draw? Those face-palm moments when you make a mistake might come more often than not at the beginning, and it’s humbling to struggle. But those challenges are good for the mind and, in my humble opinion, good for the soul. It’s how we continue to grow as individuals and as a culture. I admit, in 39 years old, I don’t always try to learn a new technology, for example, because I am a stubborn part moment trying to give reasons, just stay in a comfortable, comfortable level. But fortunately, my more ambitious side pushes that voice away and the next thing you know, I’m opening my mind and thinking in new ways. It feels good.
Be stubborn against the things that hold you back. Doing so will only bring you good things, including improved art. Alain Picard is here to tell you more about how to draw and the artistic habits that are proven to bring success.

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Drawing is the foundation of all painting, so should be very careful to sow the seeds of good work habits. Doing so is a tremendous investment in your artistic development; you’ll reap rewards for the remainder of your artistic journey. I’ve certainly found this to be true in my own creative development, and I want to encourage you to establish deliberate working habits in your day-to-day and week-to-week drawing routine that foster artistic growth.

In my new book, Beginning Drawing, and the corresponding series of “Learning to Draw with Alain Picard” videos produced with ArtistsNetworkTV, I reveal and expound on the visual, drawing and routine habits that are necessary to communicate effectively with the language of drawing. Visual habits have to do with learning to “see” as artists, while drawing habits deal with how we transcribe what we see through a variety of mark-making techniques. Finally, habits will these repeatable practices embedded in your painting method, and the development of formal work habits. This method of discipline is the result of the art of confidence and repeatable success.

While it’s important to establish a consistent drawing routine, it’s equally important to develop what I call “routine habits” that will serve to encourage your working routine. I want to share some ideas with you from Beginning Drawing that will help you develop your working routine. I believe that if you implement them to your regular working rhythm, so your painting skills will leap and span, your creative voice will begin to speak of time!

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How to Draw: 4 Habits to Develop

1. Practice, practice, practice


You must give priority to learn how to draw the target. Take out your calendar and arrange draw the time on a regular basis. Make it a priority, and build it into your routine, just like exercise or daily meals. Skill develops through consistent practice! Carve out the time to draw regularly every week. Start early rather than late, and try doing one sketch a day–every day–for a month.


2. Draw from life regularly


Drawing from direct observation of nature is one of the very best ways to improve. Carry a sketchbook and a pencil pouch with you so you can sketch anywhere you go.


3. Get feedback & encouragement


Why not connect with other artists in your area? Consider joining a local weekly life-drawing sketch group to develop a consistent habit of working from life. Your connection with other working artists will provide accountability and encouragement in the development of your work.


4. Copy the masters


One of the best ways of learning technology is the study of great paintings and art history painting. Choose a absolutely love your drawings, and trying to copy it, stroke for stroke, the fundamental key of tones. This process of imitation will pass a certain amount of drawing give you wisdom, when you try to understand the artist how to accomplish such a beautiful study.