Drawing as a Hobby

Sketching is one of my hobbies aside from internet surfing, chatting with friends and taking pictures. This is also one way of coping with stress. My love for drawing has begun when I was around 7 or 8 years old. I remember my drawings were stickmen, stickhouses and 2 dimensional animals. They weren’t so nice but I was satisfied with my masterpieces. Then one of my relatives commented that I wasn’t good at drawing and that I didn’t have the talent in drawing. I didn’t get angry. I got upset though (who wouldn’t be?). Thus I’ve lost interest in drawing.

I turned my attention to chess, darts and table tennis. I was good at those but for no reasons I just lost interest at them too. I was in the first years of highschool when anime became popular and I became a fan. I remember spending half of my school allowance for anime collectables (like cards and posters). I also hanged out with fellow anime fans at school who were really good at drawing. So that’s the time my love for drawing came back. My friends became my inspiration and they’ve motivated me. Also my sister has been a huge inspiration. She has a natural talent in drawing but she never brings me down whenever I feel like I’m not good at what I’m doing.

So yes I love to draw anime characters. As I’ve said earlier I’m an anime fan. One of my all time favorites is Yuyu Hakusho. So if someone is going to ask me to draw something right now, it would resemble Kurama (my first anime crush).

My drawings are mostly anime inspired but I also do portraits (of real person of course). I’ve learned the basics of sketching during my junior highschool year but then that was the only art class I had so I don’t remember so much of it anymore and I lack practice so my shading is less impressive or should I say bad.

Moving on, some people ask me for tips on how to draw or how to start drawing. They also asked about the rules. Well, I don’t follow rules. I don’t have any rules when it comes to drawing. I draw according to what I see and I don’t mind commiting mistakes because art is subjective. However I have a couple of tips that I hope will help. The first one is to find a motive that you like. What do you want to draw? Think about something that you really want not just because it is nice or easy to draw (remember: nothing is easy the first time, but if we’re motivated nothing is impossible!). Second, don’t be afraid to commit mistakes. It is normal to commit mistakes. Even professional artists commit mistakes! Third, don’t let others bring you down. And last, don’t give up!

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I usually draw human figures (either anime or real) and I love it but later on I felt the need to challenge myself. That is to draw a dog. I succeeded and I’m happy with the result. However, the shading is a bit bad I see (technically speaking) so I need to practice more and more. I ain’t giving up. 😉

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