I’ve greatly enjoyed OMGPOP’s game Draw Something on my iPhone. I’ve always been a fan of Pictionary (and I’m down to play Pictionary Man any day). I’ve actually enjoyed the sketchy art style, it kind of reminds me of sketching using dry erase markers. Art often times requires us to have “attention to detail” but this quick art makes the overall idea being communicated more important than the quality of the image. I just wanted to share some of my drawings.
I suppose it dedpnes what inspired you in the first place. For me, photography was a way to capture what I did not have the talent to draw, or at least draw quickly. So I would take pictures, then try to draw those pictures in multiple modes, suhc as the Van Gogh mode (and if you don’t know what I mean, maybe you should go to an art museum for inspiration). Also, I’ve found that (literally) not having my equipment for a few months while starting to feel that lack of inspiration is giving me tremendous inspiration, as I just got it back this evening, and can’t wait to go take pictures tomorrow! So, take a deep breath, put down the camera, pick out your favorite pictures and try to draw them, or go to museums and try to capture the feeling you get from a drawing or painting in your camera, or possibly you just need to ask a friend to hold on to your equipment indefinitely. When you find your hands itching for a camera, it’s time for you to go get it back.
A great way to learn a new style or technique is to copy it. Just like a child repeating what their parents said to learn language or tracing over a picture of their favorite cartoon character to learn to draw. There is no better way to learn to make a style of artwork then to dissect how it was done and imitate it. The important part is to learn the style and put your own twist on it to make it uniquely yours.
I’m going to quote a couple people.
“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – Pablo Picasso
“What Picasso did mean was that great artists rummage through the great junk heap of lost, bypassed, and forgotten ideas to find the rare jewels, and then incorporate such languishing gems into their own personal artistic legacy… Picasso implied that great artists don’t get caught stealing because what they appropriate they transform so thoroughly into their own persona, that everyone ends up thinking the great idea was theirs in the first place.” – Wes George, writer for The Mac Observer and financial Mac nut.