Drawing is one of those skills that I always wish I had mastered, but never quite got the hang of. I was at the head of my class in art until I hit tenth grade, but unfortunately, that's where I peaked, and it's been all downhill from there.
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New Yorker cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein already taught you how to do "gesture drawing", one of the most basic artistic techniques. In the video above, he focuses on faces, showing how the principle of "draw what you see" helps you capture someone's identifying features.
Making pixel art is like writing kids' books: Shockingly nuanced, and way harder than it looks. But pixel art site Lospec has collected a gobsmacking 566 tutorials on how to draw at micro-size. Each tutorial is tagged and categorised by medium (such as videos or slideshows). To get specific tips and lessons, search tags like sprites, dithering, texture, or trees.
When my five-year-old shows me her artwork (her latest masterpiece was a rainbow that is also a slide), here's what I say. But what I wonder is, "What's going on in that brain?"
Aspiring artists can appreciate the utility of drawing on a tablet compared to your traditional paper and pencil setup. For one, no mess. But if you've got an iPad Pro, you've got the power to improve your artistic abilities when paired with the right hardware and apps designed to cater to your drawing skill and style. Even if you're not the artistic type, the benefits of learning to draw are more than the resulting work of art.
If you're the type of person who shies away from sketching anything more involved than googly eyeballs or a stick figure on the back of a napkin, it might be more due to a lack of confidence in your artistic ability than some fundamental lack of talent. But nailing the basics can change your outlook on the seemingly Sisyphean task of learning the art of art (it just takes a bit of patience).
Colouring can be relaxing and meditative, or a no-skills needed artistic expression. But it can also be a great way to learn something. Check out these books for learning about anatomy and nature while you meditate with your pencils.
iOS: Paper is easily one of the best drawing apps on iOS, and recent updates have added in the ability to write to-do lists and other notes. Those new features were welcome, but made it a little tough to navigate the app. Thankfully, a new and improved sidebar fixes that.