Be Curious - Draw an Object

About drawing from observation

Observing (noticing) is one of the five recommended ways to maintain wellbeing. Drawing what you can see is one way to do that.  
Drawing from observation makes us notice things in more detail, and generally improves our abilities to be observant.  Like most skills, this one takes practice, and if you’ve never done anything like this before, give yourself time to just have a go and enjoy the experience without worrying about what your drawings look like, they’re for you and are just for enjoyment, like making little notes in a book about what you’re doing or where you are.


Tip: 

Drawing is a formal term for what is really just note-taking. If you’re new to drawing, try to think of this exercise as making notes about something on paper, only you’re using expressive marks rather than words.


The process of really observing an object is rewarding – you’ll be amazed how much you notice - as is the experience of making expressive and experimental shapes and marks on paper. 
If you’ve done some drawing before, you’ll find this is a good warm-up and revision exercise.
Drawing board

Why use a drawing board or easel?

This is optional but can be helpful.  When using a board, you sit with your board on your knee, leaning it against a table so that you are looking at the paper “head on” (i.e. the paper is not at an angle leaning away from your eye). What this means in practice is that you can judge the shapes you draw more accurately.  
 
If you have access to an easel, this would also help, with the added benefit of being able to readily stand back at any time, to judge your work from a distance.


Tip:

Buying a drawing board: you can have some plywood or MDF cut to size at a DIY store (eg. 64cm x 46 cm is a good size for A2 paper).  This is usually cheaper than buying from an artshop.
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