|DRAWING SKETCHING COURSE: INTRODUCTION|
This is an online drawing course free of charge.
(if you have no time, just jump to §1!)
The only way to learn drawing or sketching is to draw and sketch!
Drawing has many aspects.
Drawing is seizing the world by intensive observation and it is an act of abstraction, projecting a three dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. Sketching can be just driving out boredom, sometimes its pure desire, it can be self-manifestation, or a religious act, meditation or simply the satisfaction of an impulse, which is own to humans and which has already manifested in the rock drawings of Lascaux. The reasons to draw are as various as the persons, who draw.
Good drawings just "work out", but it is hard to describe, why they are “working out” and it is impossible to tell rules, which guarantee, that a drawing will work out. The stress lies on "hard", because it is in fact possible to analyse a single, concrete drawing or piece of artwork. Drawings and sketchings are fast and spontaneous artistic mediums and the material expenditure, which the draughtsman must drive, is very small.
Today suitable “picture undergrounds” like papers are omnipresent, paper doesn’t cost more than some pence, which was totally different in former times. And pens and pencils are everywhere. You can draw with nearly everything, which leaves traces on surfaces. With stones on bitumen, with charcoal on walls and naturally with pens on paper. For beginners the "classical" pencil is the ideal tool, it is available everywhere in different degrees of hardness and it is cheap. But naturally you can draw with other pens (I personally love black ball-point pens).
In order to make “good drawings”, you don’t have to be able to draw in an “naturalistic manner” (what ever this is). On the other hand it doesn’t harm you, if you can do so. And - drawing is learnable.
On this website I will give you some basic rules to apprehend motives. And in this context a really serious meant warning:
Turning back to the beginning: The best way to learn drawing and sketching is drawing and sketching! Therefore just start and have fun!