5 Tips on How to Draw From Your Imagination

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5 Tips on How to Draw From Your Imagination

So many new artists want to know how they can bring their creative vision to life – to draw a picture in their mind, realistically – a fairy or dragon, or even something they may come across in their daily routine. They see a piece of art done by a seasoned artist and they are like:”wow, you drew that from your imagination!?”

Essentially, whether you want to illustrate some amazing SciFi storyline or you want to wow your friends, here are 5 tips on drawing from imagination that I think you will find useful.

1. Draw what you see…

World renown artist Leonardo da Vinci once said that “You cannot draw what you cannot see”. Most artists, even cartoonists, use real life observation as the foundation of their work. Fantasy artists sometimes have models pose for them. Sometimes artists will make models from cardboard or “play-doh” and toy animals and shine light on them from various angles to help them to visualize their scene more clearly.

2. Imagination Draws on Memory

Drawing from imagination is simply drawing from memory – quite often this is from long-term memory, we put together bits of our memories to create something new. Suppose for example that you want to draw a mermaid. You would draw a woman with a fish-tail and long hair. This is how your memory sees it – fish scales, a magazine model, a rock from some landscape picture you saw in a movie or cartoon as a kid. Even as you imagine, you will still use elements of reality.

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3. Understanding light sources and value drawing

Always be aware of your light source. The fall of light across an object reveals so much about it. Light of course, travels in straight lines from the source. For sunlight, this simply means you have parallel lines – all the shadows will point in the same direction. However, the shadows from a streetlamp or overhead light will be different. Visualize the light conditions to ensure that you make full use of a full range of tonal values, bright highlights and dark shadows.

4. Perspective Drawing – Get This One!

Perspective is one of the most important tools that an artist has to use to convince the human eye that something is real. Mastering perspective is key. Practice drawing in one and two-point perspective until you are able to do it in your sleep (well kinda). If you are creating a drawing, use perspective and accentuate the effects to strengthen your 3-dimensional form.

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5. Sketch Regularly

The best way to learn to do anything properly is to do it repeatedly until you get it perfect. Drawing from imagination is no different. Just keep drawing from life and photos, place emphasis on the things you want to be able to create. If its people, draw them from every single angle and in every pose you can think of. Eventually you will master it. Drawing is mainly about seeing – really looking and understanding your subject. Observe and draw as often as you can so as to train your visual memory. This will give you a wide variety of stock of mental images to draw on.

-Val Cameron/Dreamlight

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