Do you want to get started on an art piece but don't know where to start? Don't worry I have you covered, with some of my tips and tricks to get started with creativity. I am a big believer in having a creative outlet in your life, why do you think I started a blog? It has become the best way to share my thoughts about everything and anything. I also want to bring creativity forward as something that should be discussed as I am the happiest when I am sharing something new. 

I have always loved art and it has been a big passion of mine since school, ever since I have left I have had so much more freedom to create the artwork that I love. This normally consists of Disney and pen drawings because who doesn't love Disney?? Whereas at school we had to copy somebodies else's idea of creativity, I never understood why because we should be finding our own unique style not copy somebody else; even if your not as confident at finding your own unique style.

Now I have gathered a few more creative outlets, this is one and from doing this, I have also found a love for photography! It is such a special moment when you capture an image with a wonderful memory and you will never forget that moment in time. AND when the image is not blurry, that's a prosecco bottle opening moment every time. 

art start up tips

5 Awesome Artwork Start-up Tips

#1 Get some inspiration

First of all, you need to decide on what you are going to draw. For me looking on the internet, Pinterest or Instagram, are the best places to go because the variety is endless; and there will never be a shortage of any artwork on those social networking sites. Even a quick google search gets a lot of searches.

There is also a social networking site that's solely focused on artists and photographers which is called Deviant Art; there are so many people on there and a variety of different art. You are guaranteed to find something that inspires you to do some artwork. 

#2 Start The Outline

I start the outline of my drawings with an ‘H’ pencil because I want to make light marks on the paper. I also get a reference to the animal/object/person off the internet to help with the proportions as I cannot do it from memory. Another tip that I use when drawing people is using a grid; so I’d draw a grid on the print out version and then a light grid in my sketchbook, it helps to get the proportions of the face correct!

Another tip that I live by is to use artist rubbers, you can break them apart into smaller parts so if you do make a mistake you can be more precise in the part that you want to rub out rather than rubbing out the lines that you already need.

#3 Choosing Media

Once you are happy with the outline then you can choose what media you’d like to use within the drawing. There are different media to use but I typically either use pencils or pens. I have done a couple of paintings with watercolours and acrylics. I have yet to try out oil paints; although I’d love to give it a try.

Make sure you choose a media that you are excited to use. I didn't understand why my paintings never turned out as good as my pen/pencil drawings and then I realised it was because I didn't get excited to get my paintbrushes out. You need to love using and experimenting with these different mediums and so there needs to be an element of excitement for whatever it is you are using. 

#4 Filling In The Image

If I am using pencils, I normally start at the top of the image and work my way down the drawing; as it decreases the risks of smudging the whole of your drawing. I also use a piece of scrap paper to place on the drawing if I do need to go over a bit of drawing; also this is to decrease smudging. When I want to blend the shading I use a cotton bud, it helps with getting a smooth finish.

If I am using pens, I start on the biggest area with the least amount of detail; because I think this is the easiest way to start getting patterns onto the paper. I find using patterns around the face the more difficult side of Zentangle art so I leave that till last. If you can get hold of Faber Castell pens; I highly recommend these as they are so versatile and each pen does something different. I use the small and extra small pens for the details and the bold pen for colouring in any areas to create a block of black colour.

#5 Don't Worry About Making Mistakes

You are going to make mistakes, it’s all part of the creative process but you shouldn’t let that hold you back. I have used my mistakes to create something within my drawings. It gives you that sense of uniqueness as nobodies gonna create something in the exact same way you will.

I think it is really important to just let yourself make mistakes and just go with the flow and see what happens, like the quote “art is knowing which mistakes to keep” it's all about learning through what works and it will take time to learn what works for you and what doesn’t. So my biggest and most important tip of all is TO HAVE FUN WITH IT. Who knows you might just create something that you’re proud of.

What are your artwork start-up tips?

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