Well hello there everyone :)
Recently a new employee transferred to my work, unfortunately I have not gotten a degree in graphic design yet and classes start in August so where do I work? WALMART! :D Anyway, a new employee transferred to this walmart and he is a junior at my same school and is taking...you guessed it...graphic design! After we talked for a while I found out he was awesome at drawing and began at the age of 4, which brings me to my question:
When did you guys start and do you have any helpful tips on drawing?
Unfortunately the only drawing I ever did was mere doodles on paper during class but I am trying to get better because I know it is a very vital skill to have in this field.
I look forward to your replies :)
My dad is a graphic designer as well so when I was a child he would bring home all those cool design markers before designing on computers was the main way of designing. So my brother and I would go to town drawing our dad 'masterpieces'. I would say around 4 or 5 also, maybe the fumes of those old markers made me the designer I am today haha ;)
Awesome :) I'm glad that you're dad encouraged your creative growth and helped you transform into the great designer you are now :)
LOL... I am have about the same story. My father went through the technical pen and marker phase too. I actually just tossed a bunch of those old markers away. They were seriously toxic.
I started out with crayons though. I colored a lot and then started doing my own drawings with crayons as a kid. Drawing isn't as easy as designing on a computer for me though. I can draw but it really have to focus and go through many sketch revisions hehe.
Same here, I have mainly been using drawing as a tool to work my thoughts through the project. I still want to get better though because I think designing would be easier if I could draw lol
Thanks guys:) Don't worry Levi the more practice you get the better you will become, just keep plugging away! Oh man ya those markers...I'm sure its the same for you Dean, you will never forget the smell of them haha.
Yep... I actually kept a black one (because it was still working) and been using it to mark boxes while packing my house up. I always get that little kid feeling when I take the top off and get a whiff of that smell. One thing has changed, I do know its not good to draw on furniture with them now as an adult... lesson learned as a child lol.
I will keep practicing :) a lot of my classes this coming year in college are all drawing/design related so I will definitely be getting a lot of practice lol
I remembered when I had a drawing homework during a class when I was at kindergarten. Our teacher told us to sketch a simple outline of our dream house in full bond paper. It was the most difficult homework for me during that time. I was only 7 years old and the idea of drawing was totally alien for me. I had a hard time doing it until the paper worn off little by little 'cause of so many erasures along the process. I got a low mark and never got a star from my teacher out of it. It was a total mess. It's pretty funny that the frustration motivated me to learn and practice my drawing skills since then. I'm 21 now and do illustration as a freelance work. :)
Persistence is definitely a key factor in improving and it's remarkable you discovered that at such a young age :)
You're drawing back then reminds me of my drawing now lol I always erase so much because I didn't make something just right.
I've been drawing since probably 4 as well, but I haven't honed my skills as much as my husband has.
The only official classes I ever took was a few summers at an art academy and everything else is merely self taught.
Doodling is something and as long as you have the imagination and can accomplish your vision through digital artwork, sketching doesn't have to be perfect. My sketches to the finished product are far different.
My husband just graduated with a degree in web design but with that he had to do some sketch work because graphic design is always included in the degree. Most sketches are just shapes and the merger of those shapes to form a picture. Start what with your most comfortable with, some people are good at drawing cartoons, some are people or objects. My husband is great at portraits and objects and I'm better at cartoons and landscapes.
The best thing to do is not give up. Keep sketching and improving your skills. Stop by a local library and pick up some "How To" drawing books on things your interested. Practice drawing circles, cubes and other various shapes in 3D and 2D. This should teach you proportion and angels. Also, sketch what you see in day to day life, like a tree or window. Keep practicing and you'll get better.
Thanks for the reply and thanks for your advice as well :)
So far from what I have been reading the best thing like you said is to not give up, I will keep sketching away and try my best to become even better, little bits at a time.
Thanks for the response :) I will definitely keep practicing :)