Free Hand Drawing

The ability to draw, and to draw well is important to every creative.

It doesn’t matter what sort of creative we are or what medium we use to express that creativity: in some way, we’ll need to be able to draw those first concepts and final drawings.

Artwork and creativity depend a great deal on drawing—even if it is a very behind the scenes sort of skill.

So, no matter what our creative skill set and direction, the ability to draw freehand is a huge, invaluable asset; and the more we cultivate our freehand drawing skills, the more it will benefit the final results of our work.

Freehand drawing is the ability to draw something without depending on instruments or something else to draw. We guide the drawing process with only our hand, and it depends on our observational skills.

When we first begin drawing and taking up pens and pencils, it can seem overwhelming to draw something without relying on an instrument to accomplish it.

So much can go into drawing freehand, and hopefully the following advice will help smooth the path for fellow creatives!

Mistakes will happen, and possibly one of the most important things to remember when one approaches freehand drawing is not to be afraid of making mistakes. It can be so hard for any of us to “accept mistakes”.

Another great way to grow and overcome the fear of “mistakes” is to practice frequently. The more we practice, the better our freehand drawings become. Keep a sketchbook on hand that is set aside for just the freehand drawings and practice. Having a little dedicated space like this for freehand drawing is really rather useful.

While there are so many other tips that are very important to good freehand practice, GESTURE drawing is probably one of the most important practices. Discovering gesture sketching is a saviour.

The premise behind gesture drawing is observing (or imagining) the object we are drawing and laying down a multiple, light lines that help us “feel out” the mood, posture, and shape of an object.

Gesture drawing doesn’t stop with just observing from life; we can also gesture what we “see” in our imaginations as well. Some artists have preferences for how gestures should look.
There most important thing to remember is that lines shouldn’t be too hard: you’re creating the feeling of an object, not creating the line art. They aren’t meant to look perfect.

Gesture drawings are a fantastic foundation for sketches and finished line art, they can be perfected little by little.

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