Drawing still life offers many possibilities for the artist. In most types of still life, you can control the content, composition, and lighting greatly, making it an excellent genre for exploring personal style and technique. Here are six creative cartoon ideas to get you started. Simple objects can be good themes, and looking at them in different ways can allow you to explore composition and meaning. See Compositions with a Teapot for ways to make a simple theme express many different ideas using composition.
Landscape drawing ideas
Landscape drawing can cover everything from a study sheet in your garden to a large mountain monastery. And just as its visual scope is diverse, so is its meaning. The landscape can be simply an exercise in color, a tribute to nature, or a commentary on the human condition. Because of its scale, a landscape does not theoretically offer you the degree of control that dead life does; it tells a different story in terms of its relationship to its elements.
However, you can control the selection of the subject, the time of day, and impose the artistic vision. Take a look at these landscape drawing ideas to get to know the landscape in some way. Can’t I go out and look for a view? Try one of these reference landscape photographs to inspire them.
Fortunately, there are some tips and ideas to help you develop and expand your portrait drawing skills.
- Ask friends or family to model their arms, legs, heads, and shoulders.
- Use a dark background and directional lights to create dramatic lighting.
- Make pages of “delicate bits.” Look critically at your work: what else do you need to practice?
- “The body as a landscape”: try to make detailed sections of the figure, with a lot of attention to detail and the subtlety of the tone.
- The great tradition of drawing and painting can weigh heavily on an artist. What makes the drawing of life contemporary? Observe the technique of posing, composing, and drawing modern elements.
- Check out some old master drawings. Carefully observe its linework, shading, and shading. Copy and make notes about your technique to refer to the next time you are in the drawing studio.
Drawing and portrait project
Make a series of drawings about the stages of life. You can use pictures of the same person or draw people from life or a combination of both. Draw a baby, a toddler, an infant, a teenager, and an adult, into old age.
Think about color (or the absence of color), the lightness or strength of the drawing, the composition, the detail. What changes at each stage? If you are drawing a person, look for features that remain constant.
If you have your own pet to draw with, you will always have a model at your disposal. But if you’re having trouble finding reference material, plan a trip to the zoo or ask for a local pet shelter or even a pet store to get permission to photograph the animals. A well-distributed afternoon photograph can provide you with material for months of drawing. (Just remember to take a bunch of filming rolls). Here are some ideas to get you started drawing your favorite furry friend or wild creature.
Animal drawing projects
Breeds and species
Create a series of drawings that present a different breed or variety of the same animal. In each drawing, look for the identifying characteristics of this breed. For some creatures, subtle differences need to be observed, and you will need to carefully select poses and angles to make it easier. For others, the differences will be pronounced. You may want to isolate the animal on a blank page or set them up in a typical environment.
This project consists of communicating the visual information using the drawing, observing form detail and important surface correctly.
Exploring abstract art: ideas and projects
For some artists, philosophy, literature, and art itself are sources of inspiration. Drawing can provide a way to explore concepts, bounce thoughts, and express difficult feelings. Traditional art forms often use allegorical figures and dramatic gestures, actually painted, to express these ideas. Modern artists often use abstract media to express very similar thoughts. Consider some of these approaches.