Nothing is more authentic than expressing yourself in the form of art, whether drawing, painting, or writing. Art is the mirror in which we view our true self and show it to others without fears, building a unique human connection.
Artistic expression has long brought people of all backgrounds and languages together in awe, proving that despite our differences, we share the same human experiences, hopes, dreams, and fears. With this power of artistic expression comes great responsibility and effort, so here to help you on the right path are things you’ll need to take your art to the next level:
Many people think drawing is a talent you’re born with, that you cannot learn on your own. However, it’s a skill like all others that can be taught and mastered with effort and practice. Even when it’s a talent, it still needs to be nurtured with sufficient knowledge to improve constantly. The best thing about sources for drawing is how widely available and accessible they are; in the form of books, videos, magazines, or articles. They will help you grasp the basic concepts and move forward from there at your own pace.
2. A Good Laptop
Even though any average computer or laptop can be used for drawing, as you progress and draw on a larger scale, they might not be able to take the heat. They might develop issues or become slower, while custom laptops for drawing are more practical and efficient. You can choose one based on your needs; whether you prioritize features like speed or staying within a budget, you’ll find what you’re looking for.
3. A Comfortable Chair
It’s a known artistic fact that they get so engrossed in their work for hours when inspiration hits to bring a certain vision to life. While that’s all poetic and admirable, your back muscles probably won’t agree if you’re not spending those hours sitting comfortably. There’s nothing worse than cutting your work short because your seating position makes you exhausted or disoriented. Therefore, don’t skip on springing for a comfortable chair with features like lumbar support, decent airflow, neck support, and good padding that will maintain your posture.
4. The Right Monitor
Colors are the basis of every artists’ work and are what brings it to life, so having a good display for your art is essential to producing the vision you have in mind. The usual monitors don’t quite do the trick when choosing and mixing colors, not to mention that their viewing angles, brightness, and contrast levels also don’t help. So it’s highly advisable that you invest in a color-accurate monitor that works with AdobeRGB color space.
5. Apple Pencil
Already a popular gadget, Apple Pencil has become an essential tool for every artist working on an iPad. Although you are drawing on a tablet it feels like you’re using pen and paper rather than technology. It’s extremely sensitive to touch and pressure meaning it can sense and apply every tilt and swirl from your hand. It works with a wide range of tools and has a double-tap feature to switch between them for accessibility. Moreover, the recent model features wireless charging, which is ideal for when you’re on the go.
6. A Camera
There’s no telling what you see or experience that inspires a spark for a new idea to draw or paint. Having a good yet small camera at your disposal while you’re out and about can go a long way in capturing images for future works of art.
You can use your pictures to create an inspiration catalog for when you’re going through an artistic stump. It is also handy for taking pictures of your art to show to your friends and family.
7. Comfortable Keyboard and Mouse
We already established that it’s normal to spend a lot of time working on a certain art project. Just like you need to make sure sitting to work is comfortable, you must ensure the tools you’re using are also catering to your comfort. Even with a laptop, get a wireless keyboard that feels more convenient to use for long periods. You’ll also need a good mouse with precise movement when you are drawing with a pen tool.
There you have it. Having these things along with your hard work and determination is the best way to take your art to the next level. Just remember, while choosing each one of these things, do enough research to get the things that most suit your needs and style of art. Ultimately, you can still produce beautiful art with the minimum amount of tools and gadgets if you put your mind and heart into it.