That ONE DRAWING TRICK that CHANGED MY LIFE !!! Art tips for Beginners

That ONE DRAWING TRICK that CHANGED MY LIFE !!! Art tips for Beginners


Hello everyone and welcome for this new
video, in this episode I’m going to share with you a trick that looks very simple
but it actually changed the way I draw, and even change the way I see the world
forever… So maybe you can help you ! Alright before I talk about this trick
let me ask you something are you still not following me on Instagram because if
not you really need to go there and follow me because I’m gonna make this
Instagram is sort of an interaction platform to share with you on a daily
basis it’s getting hard for me to keep track on YouTube so I’m gonna keep
YouTube for you know the weekly videos educational time lapse the tutorials as
always and make Instagram a platform where I can really share and ask you
guys questions show you my work in progress and do that in a more
spontaneous and natural way so it’s gonna be a lot of fun I might even
experiment with live-streaming so it would be a pleasure to see some of you
guys there so I hope you can follow me on Instagram if it’s not really the case
alright so what about this trick this is a little bit of backstory behind it and
the story of my beginnings as everyone else I sucked when I started trying
portraits it was horrible horrible like the eyes
were too narrow too wide the nose was too long too too short the mouth didn’t
have the right angle I mean you know you know like everyone else I guess
and my mistake back then but I didn’t know it at the time is that I was trying
to draw the features of the face separately as if they exist as if they
have an outline but it’s only after I started reading an essential book by
Harold Speed called the practice and science of drawing that I realized that
I was actually trying to draw with my brain and not with my eyes let me
explain so speed shows that the the sense of
site is not based on purely visual perception it’s strongly connected to
the sense of touch which is why infants whenever you show them something they
don’t just want to see they also want to touch so basically speed shows that
there is nothing purely visual in how we see things and from that we can say that
we basically see with our brain I mean speed doesn’t say it like this
but this is how I interpreted it seeing is not something simple it’s not purely
an image projected on your retina it’s a combination of very complex information
and the brain when it sees something it tries to outline things it tries to put
a boundary around things to spot the various objects all right this is a
brush and this is a book and this is a bucket and yeah the brain sees things
and try to put in a boundary to find what are the objects in the world and
without this ability seeing would be just like a gigantic soup of like random
shapes and colors so it’s a very good thing that our brain is capable of doing
that but the thing is even though this ability of the brain to outline and put
boundaries around things is very useful it’s very counterproductive for
realistic drawings so if you ask a child to draw a face it’s probably going to
draw the concept of a face with you know the concept of an eye the the idea of a
nose and sort of a figuration of what can be interpreted as a mouth so what
you want to do if you want to draw realistically is you want to reproduce
the shapes of the lights and shadows as they appear to the eyes so this is a
well-known trick in the world of realistic drawing but this is after this
reading that it really clicked for me so the brain wants to outline everything
wants to put boundaries on on things that have no boundaries visually
speaking but instead of looking for features of the face let’s look for
other shapes and this is what I call animal shapes I like using animal shapes
but it can be like any sort of random shapes
that’s delineated by shadows and lights you know sort of like when you look at
clouds and you try to spot a shape like the shape of a dragon in the shape of I
don’t know rabbit the shape of a dog or like you know in the toddler own logo
you have the shape of a bear I don’t know if you can see it or not this is
kind of the same idea so let me give you an example for this I for instance I I
thought about what kind of other shape could I I see there so okay it’s an eye
but can I find something else can I find a shape that sort of forces my brain to
see differently and this is where I spot this little penguin right here I don’t
know if you can see it I can see it and this is how I see it against maybe you
can see a sea turtle I don’t know you choose whatever so this is a mental
trick that sort of made my brain click and sort of forget about the idea of
drawing an eye but drawing the shapes that represent the lights and the
shadows that create the visual impression of this eye and I was not
focused anymore on drawing the eye but on drawing this penguin thing but you
can find other shape I mean this is always like random shapes that hidden
fine you don’t have doesn’t have to be
animals in me anything can be random shapes that can describe the things that
you’re trying to represent and that sort of force your brain to not see in terms
of concepts but see in terms of shadow shapes doesn’t necessarily have to be
shadows also you can be it can be any shape as long as it recreates the visual
impression and not this thing of course this trick works better if the shadows
are very strong and if the edges are kind of hard but it doesn’t always have
to be like this you can have like also you can doesn’t have to be shadows you
can find shapes all over the place the thing is you don’t have to use that all
the time it’s just a way of seeing especially for portraits it’s a way of
not dealing with drawing portraits as a list of features to draw and represent
one by one it’s not like you don’t have to draw an eye and a nose and a mouth
you have to draw the shapes with the right proportions so why did this silly
thing of looking for animal shapes in my drawings changed my life
I don’t know big nuts not really for its utility because I I don’t use it anymore
but I know at this point it’s sort of clicked and this really helped my
drawing I know these things sometimes they’re really weird it’s like you reach
another level and after this it was like oh okay I see now I see what I did wrong
before I was not looking for the right thing and and this is why my drawing
before that was was inferior and realistically speaking I don’t know it’s
just something sometimes you know it just clicks like this and it happens so
that was the story and I know I hope you can help maybe you have something else
maybe you’ve reached another level doing something else I
let me know in the comments below or let me know on Instagram because I’m way
easier to reach on Instagram or let me remind you the best way if you really
have something important to say is to go on my website and hit contact and you
get me directly by email and if not you can find me on Instagram I’ll respond
very quickly there and yeah I’ll hope to see you there thank you again to all my
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support this community is awesome and you can find the links in the
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in the meantime until then have fun drawing bye you

100 thoughts on “That ONE DRAWING TRICK that CHANGED MY LIFE !!! Art tips for Beginners

  1. Hey everyone, thanks for watching ! You can get the ebook "The Practice and Science of Drawing" by Harold Speed from the Gutenberg Project Website (public domain). Link in the description. Also, hope you can follow me on Instagram as well ! See you there !

  2. I dabble in drawing.
    I have never heard anyone refer to drawing in the manner he described.
    It did not click for me!

  3. I see what you saying… This is why my features individually looks like the person but wen I finish…I end up drawing a totally different looking person…

  4. Oui c'est un super conseil et j'aime bien la manière dont tu l'as traduit. Même si je suis expérimenté , ta perspective m'a donné une autre manière d'envisager le truc qui pourrait peut être me faire progresser ou aller plus loin. Merci. Nouvel abonné! (Bravo pour le bel effort en Anglais, c'est ballsy pour un frenchy) : Thanks for the advice as an experimented artist I really enjoyed the way you look at this stuff, it might actually help me improve further. You get a new sub (good job on the english speaking)

  5. that actually was incredible helpful.
    dont draw the concept find the shapes.

  6. Toblerone is a bear? it looks like a mountain to me

  7. Thanks for this….I think it will really help….thank you for sharing your skill and knowledge

  8. Often my drawings are better when I don’t put my glasses on until the final details

  9. you are a wise man

  10. I saw a horse in the eye

  11. Did he say… He doesn't use this trick anymore? Why?

  12. Well said. You describe the concept of drawing what you see, not what you think you see, in an interesting and compelling way.
    It makes me want to pull out a pencil and draw right now.

  13. Draw a white cup on a white table….

  14. Hi Florent, I was wondering, where are you from? You have a foreign accent… maybe French?

  15. you interpreted it well but might have gone overboard with the title. simplifying features into shapes is one of the very first thing any proper learning source would tell to a beginner. I understand you want to broadcast it and have views but consider the relationship between content & display

  16. Only that? Like clouds w<avinf. Or a storm on the dunes….

  17. seeing 'shapes (and imagination is my forté….(i'm a surrealist)

  18. I also own a copy of that Harold Speed book, and as an artist myself I can't find Pareidolia all that helpful while actually creating artwork because it would just be an unnecessary distraction.

  19. I you're drawing an eye think about drawing everything but the eye.

  20. Thank You

  21. GOOD ONE.

  22. Think of the term: outer lines and inner shadows.

  23. This information is so helpful! Thank you. Also, I saw the profile of a hawk head where you saw the penguin.

  24. Really good video Florent! I started seeing improvement too when I stopped trying to paint what I thought I was seeing and started looking for abstract shapes. Our brains deceive us!

  25. head explodes Damn.

  26. Thank you that was helpful!

  27. Guys, more important that that book is this book: ¨Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain¨ 1989 by Betty Edwards, these techniques will show you how normal people can develope master pieces in months. Two more important books to understand how our brain can draw, comes from the Psychology: ¨Visual Learning, Thinking, and Communication ¨ by Professor Roger N. Shepard ( Stanford University / Psychology ), and: ¨Lateral Specialization of Cerebral Function in the Surgically Separated Hemispheres 1973¨ by Roger W. Sperry ( CTI ).

  28. Project your perception any way you like. There isn't a right or wrong way it can be as realistic or stylized as you want. It can sometimes be healthy to free yourself from expectations that keep you from acting. The first thing that matters is the action. Scrutinize later.

  29. Thanks for this helpful information. I am going to try this shape technique. It is definitely a new way of looking at things.

  30. If you look up black ops emblem editor, you'll see some amazing arts with different shape and sizes

  31. Lindo! 😍

  32. The irony is that the more complicated the shapes, the easier it is to draw.

  33. just 10 minutes long, self-made ad in the beginning. Blessings to Ublock.

  34. Thanks:) my way to start drawing was with quick model sketches with ink on paper. 5 minutes each for 1 hour. Beginnig was horrible but it really works till today. It helps to not foucus on details, catch propotions and moves.

  35. Very interesting, this help me so much too.

  36. Loved the video! I dropped out of art school when I was 18 and tried to teach myself to draw from life by drawing every day in my sketchbook with a pen. I got pretty good at a certain point, but when it came to shading I struggled to understand the breakdown of values. Everything either became too dark or too muddied up in mid tones.

    Luckily I had run out of contacts one day, and while drawing I realized that I could basically break down everything into 3 values, and expand from there. Its strange how one of the keys to realistic drawing is to abstract the way you observe the subject.

  37. This is called drawing the negative space. It's very hard to draw portraits without this technique. It was a secret in renaissance times 😎

  38. Thank you very much – good advice. Subscribed and 'belled'

  39. he's cute!

  40. Thats very intelligent to do and really simplifies things.Since I was a little kid,somehow I mastered drawing anything.My teachers use to steal my artwork and I wouldnt understand why.Now I do.They had never seen a kid that had such a power to create.One thing that I was always doing was,that I would draw alot of things.Or anything I could see.Now as I am 33 years old.I have picked up painting and airbrush it amazes me how much artwork can be put out,using these mediums.One goal that I want to master now is how to paint peoples faces perfectly and with a graceful beauty.One way I start that off by is I first visualize in my mind,where I would like the face positioned on the canvas.Then I began simply with a line straight down or tilted a few,then a line for the eyes.Then I try to memorize the lines forming the head,from chin to hair.Then I add the neck,line it up to the ears.Then I place the nose in between eyes and the chin,right in the middle of both.Then the mouths line,almost by the jaws as they curve down.So I map out from the outside in and just add smaller parts to the bigger shapez.Every single obejact has a shadow and a light.God bless all,Wingo.

  41. 4:50 But when you draw from a photo reference, it may be considered as cheating. Because, the photograph makes the image unchanging, frozen, 2D and the values and tones are all fixed for you. You shortcut the brain's job and you reach the retina's view effortlessly with the aid of a photograph. You just copy it.

  42. The Toblerone bear is the negative shape on the left of the mountain. He’s stand on his hind legs.

  43. I see the all seeing eye. Illuminati confirmed.

  44. Thankyou, for sharing

  45. Awesome information!

  46. Pareidolia

  47. I always thought the Toblerone logo was a mountain.🤔

  48. It also helps to do the drawing upside down… It helps you to focus more on the lines and shadows and highlights rather than the whole face… I use this method and a grid… It works well

  49. Best book I’ve ever read to be honest. it was extremely helpful. It should be in every artists hand/toolkit to be fair.

  50. great suggestion, thank you

  51. You're a great artist!
    Also, I feel like I'm watching Diego Luna explain drawing.

  52. I'm following your IG now. Thanks

  53. Hey Florent, thanks for the video. I think it was helpful.
    I know the phenomena of "seeing" is difficult to put into words. Yes, I have to remember Not to "construct" the individual objects, because they are not objects.
    What you're talking about is also super important for constructing a Surrealism type composition for art/paintings. The elements are connected.
    Peace

  54. Just followed you on Instagram, and subscribed to your channel here on YouTube.

  55. Would love to see your very first drawing 🤔🤔🤔

  56. Great job in this video….Ive been drawing for over 30 years and this is exactly what I tell people.

  57. Wonderfully helpful! Thank you

  58. Huh, I’ve been pretty good about laying in the shapes of light, shadow and negative areas when doing a portrait, but I never thought about associating them with real world things. I’ll definitely give it a go and thanks for your insight!

  59. toblerone is not the shape of an Bear…lol the its just a mountain, what would you teach ? ….next drawer please

  60. Awesome video

  61. I had a similar breakthrough that greatly improved my work when I was first learning. For me it was the realization that there is so little white when you draw anything. So much of what I drew was on white paper and I wasn't filling in everything which led to a very bland and overly highlighted looking drawing. I started filling in everything and leaving only pure white for the small highlights here and there and this greatly helped me. Another approach was to use tan or gray paper so you already have your mid-tone. Then I drew in all the shadowed areas and used a white pencil to do the highlights.

  62. This is why a good exercise to try with students to ask them to only draw or paint tones no lines. A form has multiple facets made of highlights and tonal plains. Simple, this is one of the basic exercises to teach a student how to draw form. Animal shapes…? Hmmm just make them not use line, no need for really long explanations.

  63. Chunkynugget666. I agree! But more specifically, it's the Matterhorn.👨‍🌾

  64. ??really?? Draw what you see.

    No need for all this mumbo jumbo claptrap.

  65. I’ve found that the best way to see shapes is to draw something upside down so the brain doesn’t try to see things intellectually. I once did a drawing of an armoured knight on a horse upside down purely concentrating on the shapes I saw. When I finished I turned my drawing around the right way up, and, voila, a near perfect drawing of the knight riding a horse. It was an amazing experience.

  66. Nice tips, figurative is hard thing for me to figure out,still looking for the best way to reach better level,what you said was true .Subscribed and Liked, lets get connected Florent,wanna see more from you.Feel free to visit mine, your persepective are mean a lot for me🙏👌💙💙💙

  67. Thats actually how I drew since 3rd grade. But it lead me to the problem of overall compositions not looking so great. Later I fixed that, which resulted in one of the biggest level ups for my personal drawing "career"

  68. My golden rule to drawing since I could hold a pencil:

    Draw what you see.. not what you think

  69. This is an interesting perspective!

  70. Just all you said did not make sense to me , sorry but I feel that if you are born artist it comes all to you naturally and personally depends on you as single case because we are all different and we all feel different and see differently.

  71. I just learned how to find simplified shapes thanks to this video.

  72. Just subscribed to both ! Looking forward to the content.

  73. lights and shadows that create the visual impression!

  74. As an artist I could be wrong on his take but what he is saying is take away the concept of the image your drawing but rather looking in shapes. Instead looking it as an eye you look into it as a shape. A Buddhist philosophy. Where you take away concepts or duality of it but rather see it as it is. As a practitioner of this philosophy. You can see things clearly without judgement. It's something really weird because we have been indoctrinated to see things with biases. Its liberating at the same time scary when you are new to it do this in the spectrum of life itself and you will be amazed the delusion we have been into

  75. Thanks! Animal shapes make it more fun as well

  76. What really helped me get a lot better at portrait, is to see the things in relation to each other. Like, if my eye has a certain size (or just hight and length) then I can see how many of those eyes there are to the other eye or the bridge of the nose or the eyebrow etc. etc. The first step was, like you said, to stop seeing the different parts we unconsciously distinct from each other as, well, different parts. So now I basically triangulate the positions of the facial features as in relation to at least two other facial features.

  77. This is amazing honestly….now everything changed in my mind about art

  78. The exceptional Scott Waddell also teaches the same principle.

  79. Great presentation!!!

  80. En francais? Merci

  81. Interesting. I sculpt and had a similar experience. When I was trying to start with composition my work was kind of lifeless too structured. I learned to allow the face to appear in the clay as a whole. I make the shape of a head then sit and look and the face emerges. Same with anything I sculpt now it's an amazing process and feels like real creativity rather than reproducing what I see. I'm thinking the creative process emerges from inside you and manifests in the material you work with.

  82. I studied this at art college, drawing negative spaces.

  83. Thank you for your advice.

  84. Wow you are so amazing! I am following an artist here on YT, and he mostly starts by shadows thru Shapes! That made me curious. Now, it's clear to me. Thank you so much sir!

  85. Thank you so much I see art in a different perspective now

  86. I’m going to try to teach some one how to draw only using dark shapes shapes

  87. Hey this is great news. thanks for the tips. I can usually get the body pretty accurately. It's definitely defining bone structure. That's hard. It's like suddenly you are identifying or relating to the subject. Whoa I just blew my own mind. If I have a scheduled time to paint it would be a lot more fun. And then I'd want to put my soul in it. Damn. If I schedule painting time my husband will schedule the gym too. Because… chocolate.

  88. This is what is taught in Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. She has the student draw things upside-down to force them to see the actual shapes and disconnect them from the symbols that the brain imposes on what is seen.

  89. An earlier book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain had a similar message. But my problem is that my sense of size, angle, and proportion change depending on which part of the reference I am looking at. I have bought a tool called at proportional divider but haven't used it much yet.

  90. That is exactly how I went from no artistic ability to actually being able to draw and paint. When I started drawing the shadows and not the features, the features just appeared!

  91. Could you make a video of the perception when drawing animal hair? I feel to get cuddled up in the idea of the multitude of hairs instead of the illusion, and can't seem to get over with it. Frustrating.

  92. Almost the same concept of seeing negative space and drawing upside down so you are not using your brain to describe what you're "seeing."

  93. This literally helped change my outlook instantly. Very good intelligent analysis.

  94. I do the same thing but also look for weird characters and stuff sometimes Iol but this technique definitely helps

  95. This isn't so much a "trick" as it is just. observational drawing 101. Unlearn symbols, and learn to look at your subject as values, shapes, and forms. And honestly I don't think breaking things down into abstract or "animal" shapes is very good. It's not necessarily bad, but ultimately I think it's best to stick to your basics (Especially triangles!! Look for triangles they're everywhere.) Simplification is very very important. You can build up complexity later.

  96. Thank you, this really helps!

  97. Exactly! I hadn't realized I look at the "weird shapes" when I'm painting… Don't imagine animals thought 😅

  98. Thanks for this video. Very helpful.

  99. are you saying me to manipulate the shadows a little bit to get an interesting shape.

  100. this is the click for my brain that i needed😂👌

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