Draw Like Artist Starr Weems
Starr’s advice to young artists: “Being able to draw and paint is a learned skill that is a result of hard work, not a magical special talent that some people are born with and others are not. Sure, art comes more naturally to some people than others, just like math or reading, but the truth is that If you have the skill to write your name, then you can learn to draw.”
When I was a kid, I spent lots of time doodling. My parents noticed this and sent me to a 6 week community art class for kids, which was fun, but it didn’t teach me what I really wanted to know: how to draw things and make them look real.
I didn’t have a teacher, so I decided to research how to draw. See, back then, looking something up on the Internet was called “going to the library and searching the card catalog.” Never heard of the card catalog? Don’t worry, you are not missing anything. It was just like Googling something, only it took waaaaaay longer.
Anyway, the card catalog took me to a book by Betty Edwards called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. As I practiced the exercises in the book, my drawings got better and better. By the time I started going to a school that had an art class, I already knew the basics of drawing. My new school had a phenomenal art teacher and he helped me to improve my skills and gave me lots of tips and tricks on making my drawings look real.
Now I get to work with art every day. In addition to creating and selling my work, I get to help people of all ages learn to draw and paint. I am a high school art teacher and I also teach private classes for preschoolers, elementary kids, and adults. You can see my art online at my website www.StarrWeems.com.
Paintings by Starr Weems
Bubbles by Night
Elephant at Night
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