Creativity in Drawing: Finding your unique drawing voice

Discover how to find creativity in drawing.

Knowing how to find creativity in drawing can help you in so many ways.

Whenever someone asks me how to learn drawing, I'm never sure what to say. The answer isn't quick. Learning how to draw is done through stages and over a large period of time. The more comfortable you get with the basics of drawing, the easier it'll be to come up with drawing ideas.

But then other questions I started receiving started to boggle me a little.

“How do I make my drawings more creative?!”.

Essentially, I wasn't sure how to answer this. There are many different angles, perspectives, and approaches you can take.

Most importantly, the definition of “creativity” is subjective. It means different things to different people.

Creativity for drawing storyboards for animation may be different for creativity in fine art painting. Or not?

Ahhh, my head hurts!

But the more I thought about the idea of what creativity in drawing was if I came to this conclusion.

It really comes down to drawing the things you enjoy drawing. For example, I draw animals most of the time. It sparks creativity in my mind because I enjoy thinking about drawing animals even when I'm not drawing. I'm always getting new ideas.

Perhaps people are inquiring about how to become more comfortable with the overall idea of creativity.

What is the definition of creativity?

The term “creativity” gets thrown around a lot. But like I said earlier. Creativity has different meanings in different contexts. Let's get one thing straight, the label of being creative has nothing to do with being paid for your creativity.

The secret is that creativity is a skill you need to practice, just like any other skill. When it comes to creativity in drawing,  divide the concept of creativity into two parts:

  1. Drawing Skill
  2. Creating Art and Creativity

Drawing skill is the ability to draw from observation. For example, can you draw anything you see? People, animals, and entire scenes on paper? Do you have a basic understanding and ability to demonstrate gesture sketching, rendering, anatomy, volume, proportions, perspective, and color? Despite your background, drawing from things you see will refine your technical ability one drawing, one stroke, one mistake at a time.

Creating art and creativity is having the ability to construct a drawing in a way that communicates new concepts and pull a viewer into your drawings.

Yes, this is a broad definition. But creativity should have a broad definition. If creativity had a rigid list of requirements, it would

Keep moving forward with your drawings

Really though, what is creativity?

You know what? Who cares? Continue to draw in your sketchbook every day. Keep on drawing for your children's book idea. Don't stop drawing your storyboards. Move forward with your comic.

Create, because you have an innate urge to create.

Draw every day.

Don't ignore your urge to draw and create. Don't take this urge and interest in drawing for granted. Seriously, not many people have this urge. Feed it with your attention. Don't abandon your urge to draw.

The more time you invest in a drawing, creativity will find your creative voice. You will learn what you love to draw. You'll especially understand your ability to learn new and interesting ways to combine them. You will have the technical ability to take your dreams and put them on a canvas. You’ll stop being hindered by your lack of practice. You’ll wake up one morning and realize that you do know how to draw.

Remix strategy

Although drawing skills are a must. You have to take them a step further to communicate ideas in a creative way. Creativity is also developed just like your drawing techniques are. You have to practice them. The more you critically practice injecting creativity into your drawings, the better you'll get.

The best way to practice creativity in your drawings to take the next step after a purely observational drawing. Which is what I call remixing.

The remixing strategy is a beginner way of challenging yourself creatively.

The remixing strategy is where you create your own drawing prompts by mixing two concepts into one. For example, astronauts and fruit. You could take this concept in any direction. From simply filling your sketchbook with ambiguous drawings of astronauts eating fruit in zero gravity.

Or you could draw a children's book on an astronaut who discovers a mysterious fruit tree on the moon.

Give yourself a goal limitation when you use the remix strategy. Something extremely specific, such as:

  • two sketchbook pages
  • storyboards for 60-second film
  • a fully colored illustration
  • a 24-page children's book

Anything that is a final, tangible product.

This will give your time a specific purpose. A finished project which can propel you forward.

Daily drawing to exercise your creativity

Challenge yourself every single day with this form of remixing. Drawing with these set creative limitations and challenges is essential to growing as an artist. Get your imagination moving as you're advancing your drawing skills. Establish your creative workout every day.

Creative drawing consistently every day helps you become better as an artist. While challenging yourself as an artist.

The more you draw, the more you'll realize how drawing is a great way to write. You'll find yourself coming up with ideas in the middle of your drawing. Even if you aren't inspired to draw before you sit down to draw, the act of drawing will spark your mind into gear.

Taking action sparks inspiration.

Open your mind and watch where your drawings take you.

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