Improve your drawing by taking the pressure off | Elvire Boelee | Skillshare

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Improve your drawing by taking the pressure off

teacher avatar Elvire Boelee, Pianist

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    • 1. Aalscholver introduction

    • 2. Improve your sketching by taking the pressure off

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If you want to improve your drawing, you'll improve the fastest if you draw every day consistently. But what if you get disappointed at your lack of progress? What if you can't deal with drawing ugly sometimes and it causes you to break your consistency? These tips might help you take the pressure off, help you deal with ugly creations, and help you be consistent with a positive attitude. The key to improvement is consistency.

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Elvire Boelee



I started playing piano at the age of 6 and basically I've never stopped. I started winning prizes in competitions at just 11 years old, and at 19 I started studying at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (the Netherlands). I received my Bachelor degree in Classical Piano, and I've been teaching at the Music School Kunst&Coo (Art&Co) since January 2014. There I'm teaching piano to a little over 30 students of all ages and levels. It's from my students that most of my ideas for my Skillshare courses come. 

I've been drawing since I can remember. After choosing the Conservatory over Art school, art has been a little on hold, but I've recently started up my dream of trying to improve my art skills so that I'm able to depict all the stories and images music gives me.&... See full profile

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1. Aalscholver introduction: this course, I'm going to give you a few tips that will help you improve your sketching. Now these courses for anybody who who finds it difficult to handle the mental aspect of sketching. And with that, I mean anybody who gets disappointed that they're not having the results that they want, that they're not developing quickly enough that they're making ugly paintings or sketches. Sometimes anybody who was easily discouraged by that and finds themselves giving up drawing for several days or weeks after they seen a disappointing result. I think I can help Ah, with these tips. So I'm going to mainly focus on the getting the pressure off and allowing yourself to more freely and more consistently sketch and improve. So if you feel like you like the sound of that and that will help you out, feel free to join me and let's get started 2. Improve your sketching by taking the pressure off: Okay, So if you want to improve in drawing or any other art for that matter, consistency is the absolute key. Consistency is the key to improving doing something every day. No matter how badly you do it, you will improve. Now, I'm not saying do it badly. I'm just saying consistency is the first step. Doing something everyday automatically means improvement. Now, of course, the second step that immediately follows after consistency is your attitude. If you have a crappy attitude, your improvement, even though you're consistent, will be not as large. You will not be making the most out of your consistent sketching and drawing sessions. So the second step that will be immediately focusing on is your attitude. The more free you feel and the more detached do you feel from your results, the better attitude you will have for learning. It is all about improving your skills. You have to be open to learn something new. You have to not feel attached to any kind of result. Be it good or bad results. You should be focusing on consistency and improvement. Okay, so I'll be giving you a few tips on how to take the mental pressure off, and I will be also teaching you how to deal with this appointment if your artwork didn't turn out the way you expected or wanted to. Okay, so my first tip and the tip that I definitely use most often that is the most useful to me is keep your sessions short. Now I'm not saying that forever and ever. You have to keep your session short. I'm just saying, if you're listening to this video, you're in the same stage that I am, and it is the stage that you need to build consistency and confidence and a positive attitude. So I like myself personally to keep the sessions to 15 minutes. That's long enough to get get some kind of results and to learn something. And yet it's short enough to make it really easy to go and do. If you say to yourself, I have to draw one hour now, you will less easily get off the couch. And if you say hey, it's only 15 minutes if it's really nice, if it's really bad, it's just 15 minutes. It will be over fast. So even if you don't really feel like because there's days that you don't feel like 15 minutes is a really short time, so you'll more easily succeed down and get it done. Also, short sessions have the advantage off not allowing your frustration to build. Sometimes if you have a longer session, you might not even notice. Would you get more and more frustrated? The worst you feel about the result. 15 minutes Sessions keep you fresh and keep the frustration from building after those 15 minutes sessions. Always reward yourself for the process. Always reward yourself for going and drawing, and don't focus on what you drew. Don't focus if it's pretty. Don't don't be excited if you do something very beautiful. And don't be excited if you do something very ugly trying to really zoom in on the fact that you just sat down and you worked for it and you worked on your art. You worked on your skills. Be really proud of that if you focus on the process. If you focus on the fact being proud that you sketched that you drew that you went and and practice your art consistently, you will feel yourself much more in control of your disappointment of your emotions. If you have a disappointing results, I want to say one more thing about the short sessions. If you are feeling yourself inspired through free to make the sessions longer, so don't put an alarm or anything. It's just that do a set of 15 minute minimum. Okay, so the second tip is to set yourself up to fail. Now, this is one of my favorites because I very, very quickly get discouraged. And to be honest with you, my drawings never turn out the way I expect them where I see them in my head. So one of my favorite ways to get rid of this awful pressure is to set myself up to fail. So now, in this strong that you see me making here I am doing it on a sketchbook piece of paper for thin. But I'm going to, and you just saw me color it with water color pencils. So I am going to put a little water over them, and I know the paper will be ruined. So I know in advance. Before I started this drawing, I knew that I'm not going to use it. It doesn't matter if it's pretty or ugly. because I'm not attached to it. I know it will be ruined in the end. Now that may be sounds really horrible, but if you feel very pressured like I do to make something very beautiful, it's actually very freeing and very relieving to know that is going to fail. I also as an extra to take the pressure off use now a pin which I had just learned that week from skill share cores, actually, which I totally love, that we can just watch so many courses and learned so many new things on skills. Her Ah, So I watched the school share course on penning, and this is actually the only the second time I'm using, Ah, the pen as material for drawing. So I'm not at all used to. I'm not very familiar with it over experience with it, so I don't actually expect anything from myself because I know it's crazy to expect any kind of good results from something you've used only once before, so that takes immediately the pressure off for me. Other tricks that I sometimes use is to use so new materials like I just suggested also to use unusual materials for example, instead of sketching on a blank piece of paper sketch ones on a piece of lined paper, you'll notice that just because the pressure is off, you are going to sketch better than you usually do simply because you know, Hey, it doesn't matter what I do. I can experiment. I could make something ugly. I it doesn't matter, and it's the same in music. As soon as you feel free, you lose your wish for control. Your sound immediately opens your your phrasing improves. Everything is better when you let go when you don't try to control the situation. Okay, so to use unusual materials also can be like, ah, ballpoint pen or unusual colors or or such a things, you'll notice yourself feeling much more loose and creative than usual. Okay, as a next step, I would advise that you're in this stage. I would advise that you draw things that you like, and you only draw things that you like. I notice for myself. Um, when I teach piano when I teach my students that students tend to accept, try too much too soon, they expect to work on everything and improve everything at the same time, but that can be very discouraging. I think is much better to draw every day to increase your confidence to to make sure you're consistent for, you know, at least six months before you try anything further before you try Teoh, improve what you're not so good at. Besides, if you've never been consistent, how can you actually really see what you're lacking? What you're good at, which you're not good at? It's not very. I think it's really not necessary to to try to are the improve things that you think that you're not good at. Just start six months at least start drawing what you like, what you know. And, um, start drawing things that you've already maybe build up some skills in and and increase your confidence and increase your pleasure. Increase your positive attitude and increase the being proud of your your consistency and not the results and try to decrease your attachment to the results. And then you can, you know, slowly build in once a week, working on which you're not good at yet, and you will be able to handle it with with much better attitude. Also, my next step is about to making a schedule. So make a schedule that matches your goals. My goal is to improve my skills. I don't I don't have any other goal at the moment. So my goal. My schedule is set up to be consistent because I know I'm consistent. I will improve. If I have a good attitude, I will improve eso. My schedule is 15 minutes a day minimum every single day. No weekends notification. And also every day can be a 10 minute video on arts or 10 minute reading, a book or whatever, anything that that helps me improve. So that's my schedule, and it matches my goal. So find something and and find something that ah, that mentions yours. And my final tip is to focus, um, to be proud off the process. So be proud of the fact that you drew draw everyday. Be proud of the fact that you went to draw and not to watch television would be proud of the fact that you sat down to draw trying not to get overly excited. When you draw something you like very much trying not to get very disappointed When you draw something you don't like very much. Try not to give really too much attention to results if they're good, if they're bad. So I think that's a mistake most people make. They get very excited when they make something beautiful. And of course, that's very logical. But the downside of that is that if you get very excited, you make something beautiful your own. Also going to get very disappointed when you make something ugly. And believe me in any art, you will make something ugly. In music you will have about concerts will play wrong notes. In art, you'll make, uh, ugly drawing. It's going to happen. So focusing on the process, focusing of being proud that you sat down to draw is going to help you be positive in general. And as soon as you feel more confident with all of these things, I would encourage you, Of course, to start expending and to start making longer sessions were to do anything that you like to do a happy dance when you when you make something beautiful, anything that makes you happy. But first I would try to get six months of consistent drawing sketching, focusing on improving, focusing on feeling not attached to the results, focusing on feeling free, to experiment and feeling free to make something not so pretty. And after having this stability building at very stable, then I would suggest that you, you know, expend from their do do whatever you want from there. Um, improve and make a new goal. Make such a new goal. And, um, yeah, just take it from there. But these tips, I hope we'll get you started. Teoh start being consistent and to start, um, except doing the good and the bad, and to start focusing on the process off improving.