By Anoop Verma
THe online space offers incredible opportunities for enhancing our artistic attributes. If you are filled with the belief that a superb artist like Raja Ravi Varma is germinating inside you, it is time to make a tryst with some online art schools. Here is a list of top ten websites that you can access:
How To Draw It
By pointing your browser at http://www.howtodrawit.com, you reach this website that provides basic drawing education to kids as well as adults. On the home page there is a long list of links, which offer tips for drawing all kinds of interesting creatures. The system is easy to comprehend, as it teaches through a series of simple lines, which you have to draw in order to create a creature of your choice.
At Draw Space (http://www.drawspace.com) the lessons are divided into three different categories – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. But the learning that is imparted out here is quite detailed. In each section you can download the lessons in a PDF format, which consists of more than 10 pages of highly educational material. This website also offers a gallery of finished art from where you can seek inspiration.
Rate My Drawings
The website at http://www.ratemydrawings.com turns out to be exactly what its title says. Out here, you can create virtual art and get it rated by an online community of artists whose number exceeds 50,000. The process by which you can log in and upload your art is quite simple.
At Drawing Now (http://www.drawingnow.com) you can have a tryst with drawing techniques for creating images like – Manga, Cartoons, Animals, People, Faces, Eyes, Cars, Dragons, Pokemon and much else. The gallery is simply inspiring. You can learn as much from looking at the artwork that others have created as you do from doing your own thing.
This is the place where you can meet a drawing coach: http://www.drawingcoach.com. On the right hand side of the homepage, there is a list of categories, from which you can pick up the image that you want to draw. The website also offers specialised training in certain art forms. In fact, the tattoo art lessons being imparted out here is quite interesting.
The name might suggest that this website, http://www.dragoart.com, is all about drawing dragons, but that is not the case. You can learn to draw some really cute looking dragons and ferocious ones too, but basically this place is all about learning to draw images that are related to sci-fi and mythology.
Deviant Art (http://www.deviantart.com) boasts of a really large artistic community, it claims to have more than 19 million registered members and it attracts 45 million unique visitors every month. The work posted in the gallery is rather advanced, so you need to be truly experienced to make an impression out here.
How To Draw Cartoons Online
This website is http://www.how-to-draw-cartoons-online.com. It is all about helping you draw some really good cartoons. The lessons are imparted through a step-by-step process that is easy to understand and replicate. This is a really great place for kids, and even for those adults who are making a beginning in the world of art.
The website at www.about.com is already quite popular with computer users. One of its sub domains offers drawing lessons, which can be accessed at: http://drawsketch.about.com. The lessons are through well-written articles. If your serious about drawing, you should spend a few hours reading these articles.
A quick search for drawing lessons on YouTube will lead you to thousands of links. Some of these videos are packed with really good information and advice, but you have to be really patient while searching for the right stuff.