Realistic drawing for beginners?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by SebZen, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. SebZen macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2009
    Hmm, well how do I put this... I suck at drawing, really hard. I can't even make a straight line and have very little imagination.

    But I'm really into realistic drawings and design.

    I have a tablet (well, Pogo Sketch stylus, and Inklet), so I should be ok tools wise. I also have Scribbles but that obviously isn't realistic.

    Can anyone direct me to some resources for beginners when it comes to this? Such as tutorials, and recommended software?

    PS with software, please don't recommend anything serious/advanced, like Photoshop. I'd really like something quite basic
  2. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Seriously, an ordinary wooden #2 pencil, a pencil sharpener, and a stack of cheap white paper.
  3. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    quoted for truth. learning to draw is learning to look. Anyone can draw, but it does take time and practice. Don't confuse the issue with technology, that can come later.
  4. Macrovertigo macrumors member


    Jan 25, 2008
    snickelfritz and lucidmedia are absolutely correct, their suggestion is spot on. You just need to "jump in". Use a graphite pencil, challenge yourself by foregoing any eraser, or go to pen and ink, be fierce about it, just draw at all on a regular basis and your skill will develop on it's own, despite your conviction that you cannot draw (if you need a "straight line" get a ruler).

    I would add - ditch the "I can't draw" position completely, it is unproductive, and it is clear that if one can write a letter, one can draw.

    Before the advent of cheap cameras, everyone did draw routinely, but one of the things that marketing has succeeded in doing is making people think that they cannot live without manufactured devices (other than Macs).
  5. bigglefuzz macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2010
    I completely agree with this. The main difference I see with creative people is that creative people say they are creative. 'Uncreative' people do not.
  6. aurius macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    Maybe you should consider dabbling in a bit of 3D modelling. I developed an interest in it about 7 years ago, and I can't draw terribly well either, but if its realism you want, it can be achieved very easily with 3D. It takes practice, as does drawing, but once you have the forms of your desired image created, you can simply hit "Render" and the computer will do the rest of the work in visualising the final image, sometimes to the extent of photorealism.
  7. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    How should one start if they are interested in this?
  8. sverican macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
  9. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2003
    Check out the Andrew Loomis books, starting with Fun With A Pencil. They're available for free in my link.
  10. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I'll add my voice to the broken record and say get Better Edwards' book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

    Can't be beat. :)

    ...that is, unless you're talking strictly about digital stuff, but even then if you have a tablet it'll help.
  11. jampat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2008
    It's not really drawing, but check out Bert Monroy's Pixel Perfect podcasts. They are mainly about creating photo realistic images from scratch in Photoshop. There are hundreds of them and he is very good.
  12. skottichan macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Have to add my voice to the chorus.

    I'll also add, with what everyone else is saying, go out and draw from life. Go to the mall, or a park, and draw the people, animals, everything.
  13. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    You dont have a tablet. Mouse movement is not the same as tablet movement, with a mouse you "push" the cursor around which is not how you draw on paper, with a tablet the active area is a scaled representation of your screen so where the pen is on the tablet is where the cursor is on the screen which is how you would draw on paper. Besides a trackpad is way too small.
  14. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    ^ This.

    This this this.
  15. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
  16. usclaneyj macrumors regular

    May 1, 2005
    Using a computer won't make your art any more realistic. The best thing to do is to just go back to basics, pick up some books on basic drawing from your local library, and start wearing out those #2 pencils. :)

    Also, as others have mentioned, all human beings have the capacity to draw. Your skill level largely depends on how you were conditioned by your parents/teachers/etc. when you were young.

    In order to get started down the right track, you have to reject the notion that you can't draw. You simply haven't been taught how to view the world as an artist would, and that can be learned.

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