Notice the difference in these 2 eyes? Although both
good drawings, one has that extra umph needed to
really make it pop. That umph comes from the
strong contrast in values that the artist used!
As with anything you would like to be good at, practice is the key. Whether it is sports,
academics, playing an instrument, dancing or drawing, you simply cannot reach your
full potential without exercising and refining skills. Alot of times, that means you have
to do work/practice outside of your school/practice/work day. But if being good at something
is your goal, the extra effort will eventually pay off. So, to all of my future artists out
there, PRACTICE!!! Do not wait to be told to draw or paint, just do it! Begin with simple tasks
and move slowly towards things that are more diificult. Focus on details, light and
shadows and don’t be afraid of contrast! Think of it this way, if you want to be noticed,
often times you have to do something to stand out, right? Well it’s no different for objects
on a piece of paper or canvas. Contrasting colors and shapes will make objects jump
off of the page. Try it!