Art Lessons

Drawing is putting a line round an idea.  ~Henri Matisse

From time to time, I’ll post some tips or step-by-step lessons in Drawing or Painting. I do believe  art skill can be cultivated in each n everyone of us.

Okay, here’s one that I’ve found. You can check the site more at All About Drawings Contact Page.

Artists must have good drawing skill- I believe in that. The best thing is, anyone can do it. So, try it today and Happy Drawing!

Teach Yourself To Draw!

All you need is:

  • the desire to draw
  • the time to practice
  • a good dose of persistence
  • the faith that you can do it

Nature Drawings

Don’t be afraid to copy. That’s what art is!

It’s all copied, we just use our own interpretation on how we see things. The trick is to draw what you see, not what you know.

Date your work so you can see how much improvement you have made over a period of time.

The self-satisfaction you get from that is your encouragement to continue.

The more you practice the more progress you’ll make.

The key is repetition and learning from your mistakes.

Give yourself the gift of pleasure that drawing brings.

Another tips on drawing from artsist Bob Davies’s website. He made a good point on how anyone could acquire art skill.

If you want to learn to draw to a standard you’re happy with, you need to get the basics right from the outset.

So many would-be artist’s experience is that this vital foundation is overlooked when they begin drawing and painting.

Time and again, people relate how they missed out at school, even though they liked art and wanted to learn to draw.

It may be because they misunderstood what the teacher was sayingmissed a class and the tutor didn’t have time to go back over a topic just for them. or they

So they fell back, became disheartened and lost interest…

Or, and this is quite normal, some take a little longer to pick up the required knowledge.

This isn’t a problem.

In fact, when they do master it, because they’ve had to work a little harder, they often have a more thorough grasp of the basics.

It’s because everyone who wants to learn to draw does so at different speeds and in different ways.

Even when people are older and would like to join an adult art class, they frequently shy away. Learn to Draw Composite Car They wrongly assume that everyone else in the class will be really very good except them and they’ll be shown up all over again.

Whatever the reason, art is lost to them, maybe for good. And sadly, they are probably lost to art as well.

Well if you want really to learn to draw and enjoy it along the way it needn’t be like that!



I’ve finished a watercolor painting recently that I wanted to submit for an art exhibition in March. Let me show you what I did, step by step..

1) Oh dear, pardon the lighting when I took picture of this. But I hope you could see the outlines of my subject scratching her butt :). Some artists might start straight away with brushes and colors but usually, in the studio, you have the time to draw the outlines and eliminate or add anything you’d like to have in your painting. And that was what I did because I needed guidelines as to where I should put colors, highlights, shadows and what nots when I started to paint.

2) After I put a very light base color for overall ‘feeling’ of the painting, in this case, a mix of orange and brown.. I began to concentrate on my foreground- the little girl’s pants by laying the brown color. There’s no hard rules on this. Some people prefer to do the background first and that’s fine. For this particular painting, I would like to focus on my little girl’s body and action. I tried to define bit by bit, the forms of the pants, layer by layer..

3) Then, it’s only natural to continue and do the upper part of the body- which was the shirt. I always started with light color so I could manage the toning better. As you might as well know, it is quite difficult to correct any mistakes in watercolor. You could use a lot of water to dilute colors on paper but most of the times, it could end up as stains or the paper will break away leaving you with a hole to deal with. Just be careful with the amount of water and the quality of the paper you used.

4) This is a bit drastic but I might have skipped a couple of steps before I realized I didn’t take picture of my progress. Anyway, as you can see above, I’ve started on the background and the girl’s head. I had a tough time deciding on how to make them looked not too crowded with dark colors as in the photo. So, again I used light colors to start with especially the blues.

5) Towards the end now, the background was more defined but the subjects were not too sharp as they might ‘take over’ my main subject. A few figures walking around to different ways suggested that the place was quite busy and ‘happening’. Some reds here and there added more interest to the viewers’ eyes.



9 responses to “Art Lessons

  1. kevbrett

    February 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Wow. Thanks very much for that. Very inspiring, and it’s always interesting to see the processes. Great

    • yartstik

      March 31, 2010 at 10:36 pm

      I really appreciate your comment, kevbrett. Thanks!

  2. wan muhamad

    September 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    salam, macam mana saya mahu belajar pencil sketching? Dimanakah saya perlu bermula? buku apa yang perlu saya gunakan?

  3. Yartstik

    September 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Hmm.. kalau kita pergi mana2 kedai buku, selalunya ada jual buku melukis yang ajar perkara2 asas seperti sketching tu. Dalam internet ni pun ada banyak juga sites yang ajar pencil sketching.

    Apa yang penting, Wan kena ada buku khas untuk sketching. Pastu kena ada medium seperti pensel atau pen utk melukis.

    Bermulalah dgn sketch apa sahaja yang ada di sekeliling Wan- jgn risau jadi ke tidak- janji, conteng ajer hari2 dlm buku tu.

    Kata orang..,”Practice makes Perfect”..

    Good Luck & Thanks 4 Dropping By.

  4. Allycat

    January 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Beautiful painting and inspiring narration of the processes. Thanks ET

  5. ET

    January 6, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    You’re most welcome, Ally. Good to see u here :)..Thanks for dropping by!

  6. yartstik

    January 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    ha ha.. did i just used ET instead of Yartstik? oh well..

  7. julia

    April 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    thanks for sharing.

    • yartstik

      April 29, 2011 at 12:48 am

      You’re most welcome, Julia.


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