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What would be the best way to get into drawing art?

I don't know where to go in order to get better at art.

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Paul’s Answer

Hi Gabe:

When I wanted to learn how to draw and initiate the development of my art skills, I found a local junior or community college.

These colleges have continuing education courses, where anyone can take an art, painting, drawing and sculpting class.

It helped greatly in introducing me to art, and the college continuing education courses had various development levels, from beginning to advanced.

Paul

Paul recommends the following next steps:

Find a local junior or community college
Check out their continuing education courses for art
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Jacqueline’s Answer

hi Gabe, i second Paul's recommendation. Get started on a course. Reflecting on my own journey as an artist, i found that getting better at art actually involves learning a lot about technicalities. Talent is learnt - the colours, the tones, the strokes , the contrast, the lighting and the list goes on n on n on. There are many free online courses (e,g Coursera) too and even tonnes of youtube videos that you can learn from. Those can be a great start for fun and to enjoy a rewarding creative journey, However, what will really take your art to the next level is learning from the masters, and using the right materials. i also found following art groups on facebook helps - seeing art from other people inspires me to experimenting with new concepts.

hope this help!
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Alia’s Answer

Hi Gabe. I completely agree with other people, that the best way to get started is to find a tutor, OR even watch Youtube videos on where to start.

Along with that, here are a few advises that work with all forms of art:

1- Accept that you will be bad at first! You are not meant to be good when you first start something, and that's totally okay - it takes time, energy and focus to build skills to be good and talented.

2- Be consistent - Passion is great, but it's nothing without consistency to be better every single day

3- Research what other artists are doing, and learn what you can from them.

4- Know the theory - study the rules, in order to perfect the exceptions.
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Kim’s Answer

Hi Gabe! I agree with all of the advice from the first 3 recommendations. I have one more super important one though, and it's really essential to your progress. It is called Life Drawing, and it is to draw from life. You can get a sketch book with the type of paper you like. It's great to start drawing with pencil, charcoal, graphite. You can progress to other types of implements like marker and ink, later on.

In the study of Classical Art, we are taught to draw every single day, from life. Draw everything from shoes to trees and flowers, pets, portraits of people, quick action poses of people and animals, landscapes...anything at all that you're interested in drawing. Your skills will improve as you go, and you will be able to track your progress, and learn more from referring to your sketchbook. This is absolutely the best and most important thing you can do, to get started, and to continue throughout your life. Best wishes on your journey!
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