Ever sit down at a drawing table trying to figure out what to draw? A few things come to mind when I see a blank page.
A blank page is a scary because as artists or designers, we are always trying to populate a page full of sweet drawings that we want to be proud of. So all these thoughts start to go through your mind….what do I draw? Will it look good? Is it creative enough? What if someone sees it and think it sucks? What if I think it sucks? I suck….and so on. It’s a mental challenge and added to the fact that your friends or fellow students are also competing for that top spot.
However, if you remove these thoughts from your head, and replace your core fundamental feelings and questions with “what is my purpose for drawing in the first place?” “What do I want to get out of it and why?” “Do I want to be a real pro? Or do I want to tackle art from a casual perspective?”
Either way it should lead you to focus on the main idea or principle that it takes some work to be good at anything. Even mediocrity takes some level of practice. Once you understand this, you realize that whatever you put down on that blank page….DOES NOT MATTER! Why? Because you will be drawing hundreds of pages!
So the best technique to tackle the blank page is to just put something down as soon as you can. Just populate it with shapes, geometric forms, circles, and scribbles…whatever. Don’t even think about it too much. Just do it. In fact if you look at the video where I teach you how to use thumbnail sketches, that can be your starting point because it gives you a reason to start. Or perhaps you can go even simpler and start practicing circles and ellipses.
So once you are warmed up…it helps to remove the initial tension and fear factor. So try it! Right now! Do it! Pick an object…or photo reference(try our pics)…anything to get you started. After you are finished, you are still going to think…… “I SUCK!” Don’t worry, it’s normal but you couldn’t be further from the truth…because it is one step closer to your ultimate goal. So if you did what I just said, then congratulate yourself. You took the brave step to act and do something you have never done before.
As you practice and start to recognize progress, you become charged up, and that is where the drive starts to kick in! You become empowered to practice and learn. As a result…you will start to build a mental vocabulary of forms after which a blank page will no longer intimidate you.
Check out the video below to get some ideas! The video below shows a tutorial on how to create these positive and negative shapes using Photoshop.
Now the next batch were done using just a sheet of paper and a Sharpie Marker!