Sometimes, you feel the urge to pick up a pencil and start drawing, but there’s that ever-present fear that drawing is something you can pull off. Perhaps, whenever you try to replicate something on paper, the end product is a far cry from the real thing. And it’s led you to the conclusion that drawing is a no-go if you don’t have the talent to back it up.
However, despite your fears and doubts, here is something you didn’t know. Talent is not the only path to becoming a skilled artist. There is usually more than one way to approach a thing, and the same can be said about drawing.
Talent is great, but it doesn’t hold an exclusive key to the mastery of drawing. If you’re looking to draw and don’t have the talent, chemistry can be one way to approach drawing. And knowing one or two things about it might make you the next big thing in the art world.
Chemistry and Art
From the start, you may have rummaged your head for the similarities between chemistry and art. How can chemistry, a scientific area of discourse, relate to putting lines, squiggles, curves and shading on paper? That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? Nevertheless, chemistry and art may not be as poles apart as you think they are. Here are several instances where the two sides meet.
Painting is an essential part of drawing. Throughout the years, painting has evolved from being an extra to drawing to being a craft on its own. Regardless of the manner of application, painting is evidence that chemistry and art can dwell in the same bucket.
Each paint color consists of a combination of chemicals; this integration is why you can’t just use anything to paint. The chemicals utilized to produce paints are geared towards a specific adaptation on paper or canvas; thus, giving the finished product an exquisite and wholesome look.
Imagine how many famous works of art would be lost to time if someone with the knowledge of chemistry didn’t mix the right chemicals in their proportionate amounts. That is why many love to draw for the sake of artistry.
Chemistry is also why mixing two or three different kinds of paint will produce a whole new color. And someone with the knowledge of how the chemicals or molecules in yellow color can fuse wonderfully with red to make orange will have their work cut out for them. They’ll be savvier with mixing colors and even be able to produce their own unique paint from scratch. All because they paid attention in science class.
Analysis is one of the defining characteristics of the sciences. In other words, the sciences involve an elaborate, detailed examination of their objects to learn all about their nature, including the minor parts that are likely to go unnoticed at first glance. For chemistry, the object of analysis are the chemical compounds around us – natural, organic, or synthesized.
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However, drawing doesn’t concern itself with these compounds, except as an object to replicate on paper. The analytical aspect of chemistry should constitute an area of interest for someone interested in learning to draw because it offers the kind of deep insight that’s responsible for letting us know about the chemical structure of the world around us.
When drawing, you need to be analytical. Drawing is a boatload of fun, but you wouldn’t be coming up with anything of valuable meaning or aesthetic if you don’t think. You should study your object and break it down until every minute detail becomes apparent.
When you understand your object or inspiration, you can represent it accurately on paper or think of different, original or creative ways to draw them. The object might not be as simple as a cup or an umbrella under the rain. It might be a person, a landscape, a scene, or an abstract concept.
Whichever it is, you need deep insight into the nature and makeup of the object; the kind of paper, pencil, shading, paint to use to represent accurately, and your ability to analyze will hand these to you on a platter. If you’re used to chemistry, the task of analyzing when you draw will come very easily to you.
Precision or accuracy is one more pivotal trait in chemistry that can help you learn how to draw. As with all sciences, precision or accuracy is vital. This is the reason results undergo series of experimentation from different quarters until they are proven as fact.
With drawing, precision works a tad differently because fact isn’t much of a criterion here. Nevertheless, precision manifests itself in how accurate your drawing is to the mental or physical inspiration. In other words, it’s not enough to have something in your mind’s eye or right in front of you – something you want to represent on canvas or paper – if you can’t draw it the way you see it.
Recreating abstract concepts also involves precision because what you’re drawing has to be true to the idea or image in your head; otherwise, the result will end up being a mistake. And you know what you do with errors in drawing: you clean up and start again.
Familiarity with precision and accuracy makes drawing a lot easier for you and puts you ahead of others who are learning to draw for the first time. Plus, it’s easier for someone with the knowledge of chemistry to detect when they’ve made a mistake in drawing. They’ve been used to being precise, so anything contrary to the original will stick out like a sore thumb.
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Understanding the World Around
Chemistry interests itself with one thing: the knowledge of the world around us. It doesn’t matter that its focus is the chemical makeup of our surroundings; chemistry and art share a trait as far as this goes because art is also concerned with the world around us.
Someone who is used to chemistry will not be foreign to looking out for the details in their surroundings. It wouldn’t be overreaching to say that chemistry teaches more about drawing than any other discipline because chemistry teaches you to go beyond what is obtainable at the surface.
Seeing as it is a field that interests itself with going beyond physical structures to unearth their less visible chemical makeup, people familiar with chemistry will have no problem knowing that there are more to things than meets the eye. Such keen attention to the details under the details allows you to see the finer details when drawing.
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Remember when we established the importance of chemistry in painting? Well, the same thing applies here, even though shading is different from painting. Like we established with painting, chemistry is why one can know that mixing two colors will bring out a new one since all the paints are mixtures of chemicals.
In the same way, someone familiar with chemistry will be manipulative enough to know how to mix different shades to achieve a particular effect.
Deciphering the Nature of an Artwork
Have you ever wondered how people can identify the nature of an artwork that’s centuries old? They even reveal the materials used in creating said artwork and the technique the artist responsible for the artwork used.
It sounds like magic, right? Well, it’s chemistry. People with the knowledge of chemistry can trace the chemicals used in the piece of art and how the artist involved had used them. Imagine learning the materials and techniques Da Vinci used to create his Mona Lisa. With such knowledge in your hands, it’s easy to apply them to your drawing and up your game.
By imitating experts in drawing, it’s easier to develop a style, technique and materials of your own. In other words, you don’t have to go through the process of trial and
error before you make it as an artist. You can tap into the experience of masters who’ve been there before you and make your way from there.
Choosing the Right Materials
Almost everything in the world can be reduced to chemical bases, including your drawing materials. Your pen, paper, pencil, canvas, paint, etc., all consist of chemical compounds. Using the right materials is the difference between longevity and having a short lifespan for a piece of art.
Knowing the right materials to use stems from knowing the chemicals that can resist the effects of time. Environmental conditions like the weather, light, heat, etc., can affect the lifespan of a piece of drawing. Sometimes, keeping them in a safe place isn’t enough.
The materials used to create them could be the reason why they are deteriorating. Some chemicals can resist weathering better than others. Someone with a knowledge of chemistry will know which chemical is best and will be on the lookout for those chemical compounds in the materials they use to draw.
Having a good knowledge of chemistry can make the learning process for drawing easier for you than for those who don’t have a clue about chemistry. Chemistry and drawing don’t look like two total opposites now, do they?
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