Jon Hul Shares His Advice on Basic Drawing Skills for Painting (Beginner to Intermediate Levels)

Just a bit of advice to those of you who are curious or interested in my emphasis on the importance of basic drawing skills for my art. Regardless the surface (illustration board, canvas, hard board, etc.), I never begin a painting unless it’s first drawn or mapped out with a pencil. This is the most critical part of the process because it allows you to exemplify your interpretation of how the image should appear.

I believe proportion is another key and critical element to any work of art, especially when rendering the human form (and 2D and 3D art). I only use a 2H lead pencil because it leaves light lines that are easy to cover with the many thin layers of acrylic paint I use to build color intensity and depth during the course of a painting. As the old saying goes, “Draw it light until it’s right.” A “heavier lead” leaves darker lines that are more difficult to cover.

With the drawing complete, I move onto “mapping-out” the transparent colors in and around all areas of the painting, and then carefully add more layers of color until I’m satisfied. Then it’s onto cutting out stencils for the airbrush work, and moving on from there.

It’s a pleasure to share my insights with you.

 

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  1. ALEXANDRE NAKASHIMA says:

    It is a good opportunity to undertand deeply of drawings skills.

  2. Thank u for sharing ! the imfo will be very helpfull on doing my work and making it look better! :)

  3. Good to share a little bit of information on basic drawings skills, thank you both Alexandre and Anthony for commenting. There is so much more to talk about on this subject matter, for it is the most important integral part of an artists’ approach to his/her work.

    (Food for thought): Much like the piano is the center instrument of all music, it is the same for penciling, for it is too, the center tool of all art.

    We shall talk again soon! Cheers!
    Jon Hul

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