For you, the world is full of shapes and colours that scream to be captured by pencil and paper.
Your fingers itch to oblige, filling a succession of sketch pads with still lifes, drawing animals and the human form. You don't know why you draw, but you know you have to.
Google needs no sophisticated algorithm to return ads tailored to your searches: 'step by step drawing', 'drawing tutorials UK', 'draw manga'...
Most likely, you are constantly plagued with pop-up adverts for Conté crayons, charcoal pencils and maybe even a free trial of Adobe software for graphic design.
Taking drawing lessons to improve and refine your perspective drawing and shading techniques is the sure-fire way to guarantee yourself a career in line with your craving to be a professional artist. The benefits of drawing lie not only in its therapeutic properties, allowing you to improve your concentration and enhance your motor skills. It can also provide a living.
Tracing, coloring, blending and shading; erasing and starting all over again: for you, all of this is the very essence of your being.
Let us give you step by step instructions on how can you avoid being a starving artist, earning handsomely while pouring your heart into your creations.
Having a Wacom, Will Earn
Of course, there must be a level of talent and know-how in working a Wacom tablet; simply owning one does not guarantee you a satisfying income.
The realm of the graphic designer is far-reaching, crossing over from long-standing professions such as architecture into the fun and whimsical, like cartooning and comic book illustration.
Graphic design has found its way even into movie houses.
CGI – computer generated imagery , animation and other special effects, born in the minds of those who know how to create brilliance from fancy, explodes from silver screens, everywhere around the world.
If you are not fond of buying movie tickets, you can enjoy realistic design rendered by computers in newspapers, magazines and even supermarket adverts.
Graduates of the best art schools specialize in creation from concept.
Of course, artists who have not graduated from art school also excel at concept drawing.
Graduate or not, maybe you are one of the legions who can flawlessly:
- Draw a cat
- Draw a rose
- Draw animals
- Draw a hand, an eye, the nose; the human figure
- Draw a tree,
- execute a still life, landscape drawing...
In short: you excel at drawing and sketching everything.
Fortunately, there are excellent schools in the UK where you can take your sense of creativity to the next level.
Attending any of them will guarantee you artistic peers that embody such qualities as:
- Being curious and creative; artists constantly reinvent themselves as their drawing skills mature.
- Knowing how to draw, and knowing the significance of visual cues.
- Mastering software and the tools of graphic design.
- Being in tune with the industry.
- Being a good communicator – a part of being such an artist is being able to sell your designs.
Obviously, successful graphic designers have multiple skills; they don't just sit around, drawing people.
Become an Art Teacher
It might be difficult to conceive of suspending your drawing and painting in order to teach others how to do it.
Still: somebody has to teach burgeoning artists drawing techniques!
Especially if you come to your drawing talent later in life, when it would be harder to break into the hot field of graphic design, teaching artistic hopefuls how to sketch could be an acceptable compromise between being earning a living and being an artist in your right.
By no means are we making defamatory claims. As with every career path, it is usually younger talent that is ardently sought after.
Especially if you have a talent for enthralling children, you could incite them to create a masterpiece out of their doodles and colored pencils.
Imagine giving a demonstration on how to draw perspective.
Your validation as an artist comes when your charges pick up their drawing tools, chattering vivaciously, and soon, you find yourself appraising their line drawings and lauding their efforts.
All of this would come from your ability to:
- Teach a drawing course
- Work with students of all ages; make them realise it is satisfying and fun to draw
- Communicate the intricacies of art, such as the play of light and shadow
- Be organized
If you can see yourself delivering art instruction, rest assured that your students will develop their artistic sense, through the transmission of your passion.
Introduction to watercolor, drawing in perspective, sketching portraits, reproduction of basic shapes, creation of cartoon characters, drawing in oil pastels, marker, charcoal pencils...
The basics of drawing has so many aspects you could teach, not the least of which is other uses for your students' graphite pencils!
Learning to Draw Architecture
Architects are specialists of proportion and perspective. They are masters of pencil drawing techniques.
These experts of linear perspective carry the weight of all past architectural greats in their portfolio.
Architects have a duty to uphold the tradition of beautifying our environment by conceiving three dimensional spaces for any number of functions.
Dwellings, office buildings; museums to house art: architects had a hand in their creation.
Not only do they wield a mean graphite pencil (and eraser, for those inevitable, erroneous lines), but they must also excel at maths.
Find out here how maths and art coincide.
Architects work independently, or in a firm, with like-minded fellows. They may specialise in drawing plans for homes, civic buildings or monuments.
Any architect must be adept at technical drawing, common practices of building construction and customer service – to manage building delays, material shortages and other logistical matters pertaining to construction.
Here again, the UK stands out with more than a handful of excellent schools to learn this discipline.
If you enjoy the clean lines of realistic drawing, any of these institutions may be your ticket to a satisfying career.
A Career in Digital Drawing
If you like drawing cool things, cartoon people, chibi: this is the career field for you.
The artists that draw cartoons vary wildly from graphic designers, whose milieu tends more toward advertising and video games.
The two career fields are not mutually exclusive: plenty of cartoonists exercise their art digitally, and lots of graphic designers draw cartoons, just for fun.
It may seem that work as a cartoonist (or animator) would be hard to come by. That is not necessarily the case.
Think of Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks and Sony: the veritable explosion of animation – on the big screen and the small, insures that cartoonists and illustrators will be gainfully employed for the foreseeable future.
As with most every other visual art medium, the focus is turning ever more sharply on drawing art digitally.
Thus, the successful candidate in this field would have a firm grasp on 2- and 3 dimensional drawing software usage.
S/he would have to be adept at gesture drawing, to create the illusion of movement, and be able to quickly outline simple shapes into a fully formed figure.
The cartoon illustrator is equally at home with a sketchbook and blue pencil as with a stylus and software, and can rapidly render pen and ink drawing to complete a storyboard.
The animation school graduate can not only look forward to working in films and television, but also might branch out into video game art.
Of, if you have been bitten by the travel bug, you may set your sights on Japan, whose animation studios outrank even Great Britain's in term of themes, volume and production.
Learning How to Draw Caricatures
How is your sense of humour, these days? What about your sense of irony?
With all of today's political upheaval, caricaturists are having a field day.
Would you care to join them?
The editorial cartoonist, as such artists are called, fill the gaps left in print to give readers a satirical view of the person, predicament or event being described in the news article.
Publications such as The Daily Mash and The Inconsequential routinely look for fresh talent to fill their pages with the best in caricature of today's famous and infamous.
Of all the forms of artistic expression today, including online art, political cartoons remain truest to their roots.
They appear in the same format and type of publication as they did some two hundred and twenty years ago, when they first made their appearance in French newspapers, immediately after the Revolution.
What does it take, besides a keen eye for the absurd, to be an editorial cartoonist?
Obviously, you would have to be able to draw faces. Can you exaggerate the features? Perhaps draw big noses on people reputed to smell a rat?
Or, if the story is about greedy grubber, you could draw hands shaped like claws, for digging ever more cash...
No matter what you draw, your pencil strokes should reflect realism, but also maturity and assuredness: nothing underscores absurdity more effectively than a comically rational rendering.
As you are unusually skilled at caricature, most likely you also know how to draw a cartoon.
If that is the case, why not consider cartoon drawing as a career?
Drawing for Comic Books
Haven't you heard? Comic books coming to life is the very latest thing!
X-Men, Transformers, Spider Man, Marvel Universe Live: all of these and more, that come to us in theatres and live performances, once were nothing more than so many sketches on a storyboard.
Why should people be regaled only by the products of others' imagination?
Maybe you have harboured your own fantastic characters, plot lines and adventures.
Did you win any prizes?
These days, with resources such as Desktop Publisher – or even online drawing, why not try your hand at finally getting your amazing adventure out of your head and onto a storyboard?
If you know how to draw cartoons, nothing is stopping you from taking a booth at Comic Con and hosting drawing tutorials.
What a great way to introduce your story lines, costumes and characters!
Of course, we are making it sound very easy to break into this admittedly close-knit world. There are no special art classes you can take to master character design or how to draw the now-ubiquitous pikachu.
Cartoonists, for the most part, tend to be self-taught.
That just means that, contrary to their stereotype, these artists are a highly disciplined bunch, passionate of their art and ready to spend years gaining a foothold in this mythical universe. But when art is your passion, you will find every reason to keep drawing.
You, how have filled endless drawing books, who know how to draw people – and pretty much anything else; you, who have mastered the art of contour drawing and have no quandary about what to draw...
Your skill with the pencil will open many doors to careers with their roots in art.
Following your preferences, skills and – believe it or not, temperament, you will surely find a way to blend your professional life and your passion.
We'll be waiting for your first edition!