To strengthen your artwork design ability, you need to know how to improve your drawing skills. When you are a dancer, you have to undertake a series of ‘warm up’ or stretching exercises; it is no different with drawing.
You need to develop some ‘warm up exercises’ to get the right side of the brain active, as your creativity comes from the right side of the brain. The best way to do this is to make your left hand do a lot of work. If you are already left handed, then try using your right hand; it can still activate the creativity that you may not have fully explored.
Some simple ‘warm up’ exercises to try:-
1. Drawing with a continuous line (don’t lift the pen until you are finished); use a rolling tip ink jell type of pen. This will help you achieve a continuous line.
2. Try drawing two handed at the same time; it is best to try this when drawing a symmetrical subject e.g. a face. Again, use a continuous line.
3. Draw with the opposite hand that you normally write with; this activates the creative side of your brain and helps you to look more carefully at what it is you are drawing. Once you improve your observation techniques, your drawing will improve. Again, use a continuous line.
4. Use a ruler to make all your lines straight; this is a way to brake you of the habit of trying to make something look a certain way – the hard line forces different result to what you may be thinking of.
Do your warm up exercises for at least an hour a day. Then do another hour of drawing the same objects using your normal writing/drawing hand. At first, still use a continuous line, then gradually draw as you normally wood. If you do not notice a marked improvement…then you are probably cheating and not following the ‘warm up’ exercises as explained!
Creative Drawing Exercises
In this set of drawings (completed by a lass in year 11 at a Victorian secondary college) you will note that in the top two sketches she is able to capture the character of her fellow student by drawing with her opposite hand and emphasising line. The bottom left image is actually made up by tearing up small pieces of newspaper and gluing them to her drawing while emphasising both tome and texture. In the bottom right hand drawing she is using pencil and drawing with her normal hand; she is emphasising tone.