Basic drawing explained

Drawing As Art Therapy

If ever you thought that drawing is a talent that is given to people at birth, you are mistaken. Good artists spend long hours practicing.

There are, of course, some exceptions, like Frida Kahlo. It’s an interesting story how she started painting. She got sick, and had to stay in bed for years. Her sister brought her a couple of canvas and oil paints. She started to draw right away. She worked in primitive folk style, and her works were so distinctive and authentic that were announced a national heritage of Mexico, after her death of course. No jokes, her last painting was sold at Sotheby’s auction in 2016 for a breathtaking 8 million dollars.

Recipe of being a successful artist from Frida Kahlo:

  • get sick and survive in a bus accident

  • forget about a career in medicine

  • sublimate in drawing

  • die being widely known as an eccentric person and a wife of a famous artist

  • finally get worldwide recognition

Step by step approach

If ever we decided not to follow her recipe, we can go the long way, through practicing and learning. Here, we have basically two variants: either we join a public art class (not for introverts like me, for sure), or we find a good tutorial.

Photo by Štefan Štefančík on Unsplash

Here I found literary free online art classes. What I liked the most is the first tutorial on sketching. Don’t just rush to the store to buy pencils and other artists’ supply, wait to watch this first class to get the right instruments to start off in a right way.

There are tons of classes, and most of them are carefully transcribed as step-by-step photo recipes which I found really convenient.

Also, tutorials are classified by mediums, themes and skill levels to narrow your search.

Morale of the story?

Boost your creativity with art therapy and heal your personal wounds. Interesting side effect: beautiful paintings that you can hang on the wall in your apartment or give as a gift to the person you hate the most (joke).