How to Motivate Yourself to Draw or Paint

It happened again. Here I am sitting at my desk and ready to draw when suddenly, my motivation just plummets. “WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?” Is what I tend to think at that moment. I always complain about not having the time to draw, but realistically I have more than enough. So what’s the deal? Well here are some thoughts I have on the topic, and I decided to write them down in a hope that they will help me (and others) overcome “motivation killers”. Here are 5 tips on how to motivate yourself to draw.

1) Stop Wasting Time

More often than not, I’ll find myself loafing around on the days that I have off. Watching YouTube videos, browsing the internet, Facebook stalking, playing games on my computer or phone, and so forth. These are all a complete waste of time. Of course, it’s good to be entertained on occasion, but not when you’re constantly using it to replace something productive or worthwhile. Nobody should spend all their free time on unprofitable entertainment.

2) Force Yourself to Draw

Believe it or not, inspiration to draw doesn’t often just magically appear on demand. But I’ve come to find out that forcing myself to doodle for a few minutes will get my creative juices flowing and I’ll ultimately end up getting inspired to draw something bigger. Although, much of the inspiration I’ve had in the past has come through watching a new show or playing a new game (in moderation). Here’s a few examples of said inspired drawings.

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3) Try New Media

I know it might be easy to get comfortable using the same media, but there’s SO much out there to try. There’s pencils, colored pencils, ballpoint pens, micron pens, basic markers, copic markers, charcoal, watercolor, oil painting, pastels, and SOOOoo much more. Not to mention how many different things you could use as a canvas. Why stick to just white paper? In fact, why stick to paper at all? A YouTube friend of mine named Agapey has made a habit of drawing on wooden cutting boards! How awesome is that?
My wife recently signed me up for SketchBox as a birthday gift (She’s the best), so I’m excited to see what new mediums they send me to try out!

4) Write About What You Want To Draw

This may sound odd, but it really works for me. When I lose my motivation to draw, I write about what I hope to draw in the future. I don’t tend to keep what I write, but maybe as an example I’ll post the next one I make. Although, this article actually started out as a way to try and get my creative juices flowing, so that counts, right?

Try to be descriptive when you write, too. So if I use this tactic myself, I would write about the next steps to finishing my Disney Castle drawing. I’ve already drawn the framework and given basic details to the castle, but it still needs shading, as well as creating light/dark contrast.

5) Look At Other Artist’s Artwork

What could be more inspiring than watching the artwork of your fellow artists? If you’re an artist, then I’m sure you’re already aware that you tend to connect well with other artistic people. We’re often greatly passionate about our artwork, and when we find someone else that loves art, it inspires us to continue our hard work.
With access to the internet, viewing artwork is easier than it’s ever been before. There are MILLIONS of artists out there that share their work with the world through both videos and photos (I’m only one of them), and searching through their artwork is one of the best ways I’ve found to get inspired.

Conclusion

Well there you have it. There’s five ways you can use to get up and motivated to create that next beautiful work of art. I would love it if you shared this article with your friends, or better yet, send me your artwork! I have a page set up so I can feature the artwork of other artists and I would love to share yours!

Drawing Uncle Sam

Black and White Uncle Sam Pencil Drawing

*Inhales deeply*

Ahhhhh. Do you smell that?

Smells Like Freedom.

Now, I don’t really have the time or patience to go into how the current government is gradually taking that away from us, but relatively speaking, we’re free.

What is it that makes this year’s July 4th different than the rest? Well, a LOT has changed since the last time I celebrated Independence Day. Mainly the fact that I am no longer a single man.

*GASP*

Yes, I know. I feel the same way. But the fact that I found a woman that I will be happily married to for the rest of my life isn’t what astounds me. It’s the realization that I make her just as happy (so she claims ;D ).

Immediately after our vacation was over, I started my new position at work. It’s quite different than the responsibilities I’m used to, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it eventually. It isn’t amazing pay, but I truly doubt that I could find a job that I enjoy as much as my current position.

Future Artwork

I do, however, still have free time to draw and continue making YouTube videos. It’s been a bit since I’ve posted anything, but given a choice between drawing and spending time with my wife (even if we’re cleaning or shopping), the latter always wins.

I hope you all have a happy 4th of July! Here’s a time lapsed video of my Uncle Sam drawing. Please share if you enjoyed this article and/or video!

How to Draw a Peacekeeper from the Hunger Games

Black and White Pen Drawing of a Hunger Games PeacekeeperIt’s been a little while since I wrote a little bit of back-story behind any of my drawings. So I thought after drawing this Peacekeeper from The Hunger Games, it’d be a good time to start again 🙂

Mockinjay Part 1
I had only seen the first two movies until just a few days ago when I watched Mockingjay Part 1 with my lovely fiancée. Relative to the first two movies, it was awesome. Of course different people have their preferences, but I really liked the third.
It had such more.. rebellion. Which is the best part.

Why Draw A Peacekeeper?

In one part of the movie the camera zoomed in closely on the mask of one of the peacekeepers while leading up to a really intense scene. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t seen it, but basically the scene ended up making me want to draw a peacekeeper. And besides, they remind me of Star Wars Stormtroopers, and who doesn’t love Stormtroopers?

I used an awesome new fine-tip ballpoint pen that I bought from my local art store to create it, and it only took me about an hour and forty-five minutes to draw. That might sound like a long time, but if I had made this on regular sized paper, this would have taken AGES.

Here’s the video of it being made 🙂

My next project that I’m working on is actually a drawing of Luke Skywalker for a good friend of mine. Sadly, it’s not going as well as I had hoped, and It may end up getting pushed back further. I WILL get it finished, though… eventually.
Thanks for taking the time to read 🙂 And have a great day

My First Painting- A Watercolor Cherry Tree

Watercolor Cherry Tree Painting with Red Leaves

With all the artwork I’ve done recently, I realized that little-to-none of it had ANY color. Which is generally fine by me, but if I want to get any better as an artist, I think adding color to my gallery would be one of the best ways to do it.

This is my first watercolor painting since I’ve been in middle school (Those paintings are actually in the “High School Gallery”), and was created with some of the cheapest watercolor paint and paintbrushes possible, which made it even more difficult. The bristles of the cheap paintbrushes kept falling out onto my painting, so I ended up buying new ones before I started on the trunk of the tree. It took roughly 47 minutes to finish this painting, and I was surprised by how well it turned out.

Fine Art-Tips Watercolor Cherry Tree Tutorial

Since I haven’t painted in years, I knew I wasn’t going to just magically create a good painting on my first try, so I looked up a tutorial of how someone would go about painting a tree in watercolor. The top result of my search for “how to paint a cherry blossom tree” on YouTube was a fairly recent video by Fine Art-Tips. I’ve been subscribed to his channel for a while now, and his tutorials are excellent for artists that are inexperienced in certain mediums (such as myself). So I watched the video, followed his “art tips”, and voila!

Details About This Piece

Time: 47 Minutes
Medium: Watercolor
Paper: Basic printer paper 8 1/2 x 11
Difficulty: Basic
Food Consumed During The Making: A lot (as always)
Number of Warriors Battled to Defend From Capture: 174
Fun to make?: Always

I hope you enjoy the video!

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Negative Space Sharpie Drawing of Darth Vader

Negative Space Drawing of Darth Vader
Negative Space Drawing of Darth Vader

What can I say? I can hardly hold back my excitement for the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens to release on December 18th, 2015. The closer it gets, the more I want to add an abundance of Star Wars related artwork to my website and YouTube channel. This drawing is an example of my over-excitement.

The inspiration for this drawing was mostly due to the fantastic Star Wars car mats my family gave me for Christmas (which are already in use). The car mats have this image of Darth Vader embedded into them, which I found fascinating, and ultimately decided it must be drawn.

And thus a new Darth Vader drawing was born in only 30 seconds…. HA, just kidding. It took me TWO HOURS. It shouldn’t have taken me nearly as long as it did, but alas, twas mine own fault. If you watch the video I posted below, you’ll see how often I erase.. and redraw.. and then erase.. and redraw (etc…). But that’s just the first step. After I had it all penciled out, I used some Micron pens to trace over the lines multiple times, starting small and working my way up to a sharpie to fill..

TWO HOURS… *sigh*

But it’s ok. I was “in the moment”, so I wouldn’t have known how long it had taken me if I hadn’t looked at the recorded time. And besides, I’m excited about how it turned out. In my opinion, Operation “Draw negative space which tricks your mind into thinking there’s an actual image of Darth Vader” was a success.