As creative hobbies go, drawing is one of the cheapest, most rewarding and simplest to start – so why not give it a go today?
Drawing is a favourite pastime of children all over the world but many of us give up the habit as we grow older. Reclaim some of the joy and creative thrill you enjoyed when you were small by picking up a pencil and getting back into drawing.
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of getting started, the most important thing about drawing is to simply enjoy yourself. With plenty of practise, most people can become competent drawers but the most important part is often the process of creation, not necessarily the finished result.
Embracing your artistic side
Drawing is an excellent way to encourage your brain to think creatively. This means that simply spending a little time doodling can have far-reaching effects, such as improving your problem solving abilities and making it easier for you to process large amounts of information.
You don’t have to be highly skilled to enjoy these benefits and even drawing simple shapes and easy compositions can be a wonderful way to learn. Keep a daily sketchbook and fill it with everything that inspires you, whether it’s a pencil drawing of some flowers or a biro sketch of your favourite car. Read this lovely guide to making drawing a part of your life on Squidoo for some excellent inspiration.
One big advantage of taking up drawing compared to some other hobbies is the fact that you need very little in the way of materials. Initially, all you need is some blank paper and a pencil or pen. As you become more proficient and want to start experimenting with different drawing styles, you may want to expand your range to include chalks, charcoals, artist’s pencils and special inks. Duey’s Drawings is a site with an excellent guide to drawing materials, perfect for helping you stock up your pencil case.
Improving your drawing
The most important thing you can do to improve your drawing is to do it as often as possible. From doodling to pass the time to sitting down to embark on a big drawing project, the more you flex your creative muscles the stronger they will become. However, you’ll also find there’s plenty of help available if you’d like some extra guidance. Check local schools and community centres for drawing classes or have a look at Lori McNee’s five favourite websites for learning how to draw.
Working on perfecting the art of drawing can also be very useful for other creative hobbies, such as painting, sewing or woodwork. Grasping the basic rules of sketching will make it easier for you to translate your ideas into a thing of beauty. Also, if you find your drawings are of a high standard, you may even be able to make money from them. Sit back and watch a fun slide share about using your drawing hobby to earn a little cash and see if you’ve got what it takes to boost your income.
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