How do you get inspired and motivated enough to draw? Well reference material is an excellent way to start. A lot of the times we put pressure on ourselves to perform and make every sketch look hot! It’s hard to do that when you are starting out. So you need to be able to draw with some purpose. Start asking yourself some questions such as:
1. What am I trying to accomplish? What is my goal?
2. What are the steps involved in order for me to accomplish those goals?
3. An execution plan for your goals
4. What materials do I need to get started?
So the first question is pretty important. It sets the tone as to how much time you want to spend perfecting your craft. Do I want to be a pro? Do I want to be a casual artist? Do I want to be drawing the rest of my life? Do I want to eventually go to college and have a decent portfolio for entry? The second question sets the foundation work and steps to accomplish your goal. If you want to be a pro, then you will end up investing more time in perfecting your craft then someone that just wants to be a casual artist. The more time you put in, the more improvement you will see in your progression. However, if you are really passionate about drawing, you can always consider it to be a professional hobby.
Thirdly, an execution plan helps. No sense in setting goals if you have no plan to execute. So once you figure out what your goals are, then set some time during the day to execute your plan. For instance, if you want to understand or learn how to draw cars, you first need to perfect a side profile view(among many other things). From there, you may need to learn more about perspective and understanding how basic forms look in 3d, so you need to make sure you hit each of those topics daily. Sort of like working out. If your goal is to build body mass, then you will formulate a workout routine to hit certain body parts per day with x amount of reps and so on. Same deal here. You may need to practice 1 and 2 point perspective on day one for a couple hours, then hit some profile views another day, then work on line quality on day 3…you get the point.
Fourthly, the easiest way to start is to pick up a sketchbook. Picking up a sketchbook is easy and cheap. Don’t have to invest a lot of money and you can get started right away. For more, you can check out this “how to keep an active sketchbook” video . It will give you a good idea on how to keep track of your progress.
There are many other things that you can do to improve your sketching ability. I will be sure to post a template on how to formulate an action plan on how to draw cars in the near future.
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