Tips for Create an Excellent Observational Drawing for Kids
Tip 1: Watch what you’re drawing
One of the most fundamental mistakes that an art student can make is not looking at what you draw.
It sounds obvious, but it is the most common mistake that art students make. Most students try to draw stuff the way they feel they should look, rather than the way they actually look.
Looking at the source of knowledge is the only way to accurately document shape, proportion and detail.
Human memory is insufficient. When they are right there in front of you, shapes, shadows and information are hard enough to replicate. If you have to make them up, they seem even less compelling.
You must observe in order to create an excellent observational drawing. The eyes must dance constantly from the piece of paper to the object and back again. Not only once or twice, but on a daily basis.
Tip 2: Draw, whenever possible, from real objects
Typically, the word ‘observational drawing’ means drawing from life (see the superb observational drawing exercise set by artist and teacher Julie Douglas). Ask any art instructor and they will list the advantages of drawing directly in front of you from objects that are seated.
A wealth of visual knowledge is provided to you… changing light conditions; rich textures; views of the subject from alternate angles; and information from other senses.
Smells and noise from the environment etc.
Ultimately, transcribing from three dimensions to two is much harder than drawing from a photograph. But it also results in ‘richer’ and more authentic drawings.
Tip 3: Fail to trace
Great realist painters have traced from pictures across history or worked from projections blown up on walls. But these artists are not students of high school art; neither are they judged on their ability to reproduce form.
In A Level Painting, there is a position for tracing (such as when tracing over something you have already drawn or making a repeat pattern). But it is not appropriate to trace from images and then simply add color or tone. Such ‘drawing’ strategies require limited ability. Teach you nothing and run the risk of making clunky, soul-less outlines. Don’t do that stuff.
Tip 4: Understanding of perspective
They get smaller as artifacts get further away. The reproduction (through the use of vanishing points) of this shift of scale on paper is called ‘perspective’. The foundations of perspective are usually taught in junior high school; not later than Year 10.
If you are a senior art student and skipped this lesson somehow, urgently fix this situation. Not many theoretical aspects of art are important for learning, but this is one of them.
Tip 5. To get the proportions correct before you add info, use grids, guidelines or rough types.
Many students start with a small detail (for example, the eye on a face) and then add the rest of the picture gradually… ending with a drawing that is poorly proportioned or does not fit on the paper (or floats aimlessly in the middle of it).
By approximating the basic forms before adding specifics or using guidelines to ensure that proportions are accurate. This can be avoided.
Using a grid can result in highly accurate work if working from a photograph. It enables learners to concentrate on one small section of the image at a time and provides arbitrary lines from which distances can be measured.
When correct, detailed images are needed, this can be a helpful strategy and can itself become a celebrated component of an artwork.
However, since gridding is methodical and requires careful plotting of lines. It is necessary to note that this approach runs the risk of creating tight and regimented drawings that lack spirit and should therefore be approached with caution.
Tip 7: Maintain the light outlines
When the drawing is fleshed out in more detail, with attention paid to the subtle form and shape variations. The natural instinct is to want to darken in the outlines. Particularly the inexperienced drawer, to better ensure that they are noticeable. Do this not do it.
There are no dark lines of actual objects running along each side. Instead, edges should be described by a shift in tone and/or color, as seen to the left in the beautiful graphite drawing by an IGCSE art student.
If you create a line drawing. A cartoon or some other graphic image, the outlines may be darkened. But dark outlines are never recommended in an observational drawing, especially one that you want to be realistic.
Tip 9: To express surface quality and texture, use mark-making to
The mark-making used should help to convey the texture(s) of the subject matter when creating an observational drawing. There are a variety of different ways in which a pencil can hit paper… hatching / dashes / smudges / dots… think carefully before choosing which tool to use.
Tip 10: Include / omit details as needed
The representation of extremely complicated subjects is one area. Where students sometimes become disheartened. It is not necessary to reproduce every leaf or stick when drawing trees, plants and bushes.
It is not important to depict every strand of hair when drawing a human. The performer is often in a position to pick and choose what goes into their work of art.
As long as the decision is based on what is best for the job aesthetically (instead of having to leave out something that is difficult to draw.
There’s nothing wrong with omitting certain information from a drawing. Which is often the driving force behind students wanting to exclude certain aspects of their illustration. In fact, the composition is often less cluttered and, because of it, easier on the eye.
To this, there are several methods. Each single information may often be reported with precision. Sometimes a certain section of a painting, with other sections trailing away, is rendered in full.