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Lesson 11: The importance of doodling and creativity

The focus of these art lessons is on fantasy. And that means that you will rarely get to have a model or a subject to pose for your drawings. After all the drawings will be the result of your imagination! It is difficult nowadays to find a barbarian with a big axe who is willing to sit still for a four hour drawing session!

 

a doodleThe focus of these art lessons is on fantasy. And that means that you will rarely get to have a model or a subject to pose for your drawings. After all the drawings will be the result of your imagination! It is difficult nowadays to find a barbarian with a big axe who is willing to sit still for a four hour drawing session!

This is not a serious problem though, you just have to exercise your creative muscles and one of the best ways to do this is to doodle. Doodling is simply taking some timea doodle

to draw anything that pops into your minds eye. What you do is just start drawing a few lines and then look to see what it suggests and go with it. You will be surprised at some of the great creations that will come out of it.

There is a certain freedom of creativity with doodling. You will be tapping into a tremendous force of mind and you will be exercising muscles that you rarely get to exercise otherwise. this page shows some random doodles I have taken out of one of my sketch books. Can you see how much fun doodling can be. Each picture can be expanded upon and can be developed.

A doodle

Doodling advice: I recommend you keep a sketch book just for doodling and you should refer to it often. Over the course of time you will build a great resource of ideas that you can refer to. And of course you shouldn't just doodle figures. You can draw anything, try castles, shapes, forms, landscapes, creatures, -anything at all! This is the point of doodling.

 

With doodling: The more fantastic the better and there is no such thing as a doodle that looks bad. It is after all, just a doodle. Any many times a doodle will give you a great idea that you can develop into a full-fledged drawing or painting. And remember to use all of your techniques, try drawing soft lines, hard lines, shapes, shades, the side of the pencil and anything else you can think of like cross-hatching. Be creativive.

Exercise for this lesson: Spend one hour doodling fantasy creatures or anything else you like. If possible get yourself a sketch pad and devote it solely to doodling. Keep it in a handy place and refer to it often.

Let's continue on to our next lesson - We draw a Medieval Morning Star Mace to learn a little bit about shape and textures

 

 

How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps: Step by Step Cartography for Gamers and Fans

The power of creation is at your fingertips!

Orcs prepare for battle against high Elves, Dwarves retreat to the mountains and men march to the sea to reclaim crumbling fortresses. Fortunes are decided. Kingdoms are lost. Entire worlds are created. This book will teach you to bring your fictional realm to life with simple step-by-step instructions on how to draw authentic fantasy maps. Set the stage for adventure by illustrating domains, castles and battle lines, mountains, forests and sea monsters! Learn to create completely unique and fully functional RPG maps time and time again on which your world can unfold.

 


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