When you just start out drawing or have been drawing for a long time, it can often be hard to come up with new ideas for things to draw. You may be used to just look for new things to draw by looking around you and asking other people but that isn’t really useful most of the times. You often end up just giving up and stopping because of it and don’t feel the need to restart.
A great solution to this problem is to use a “What Should I Draw Generator” these are generally apps or websites that help you get new ideas for things to draw. FakeClients is one of these websites and is one of the most well-known generators for not only people who like to draw and illustrate but also various designers.
It not only gives you a new idea for something to draw but also is a great practice exercise for people who draw professionally or would like to draw professionally one day. Because you get your drawing prompt in the form of a message from a fake client, you also get to practice working for clients. This is very useful when you are looking for a job or applying to a school for example where you need to show your portfolio. You can use FakeClients to create new work for in your portfolio while practicing your drawing skills! You also get used to work according to the requirements and wishes of a client which can be very challenging at times but is certainly a great exercise.
What to draw generators are very useful tools for people that like to draw but there are many other solutions if you don’t know what to draw besides these generators. I already talked about some of these ways in the previous section. One I mentioned was to ask someone else what to draw first. This can be very helpful as you will often get stuck in your head if you try to think of something to draw yourself and someone else likely has a whole other perspective on it. If you don’t have anyone to ask it to, another great exercise is to just look out of the window and draw the first thing you see or the first moving thing you see. Try to kind of “force” yourself to draw these things because otherwise, you’ll just end up thinking “not good enough” with every idea you have. If you want to get better at drawing people and you are sick of drawing every celebrity there is, another great exercise to practice your drawing skills is to do the same with people. Look out of the window and draw the first person you see walking by the street or standing outside. This is a much better exercise than drawing celebrities as most people aren’t “perfect” and may have some quirks that are challenging to draw. You can even create some sort of caricature by highlighting these quirks and odd features people have. If you do this often you’ll get better and better at it and it will be easier to come up with new ideas in the future because you’re used to most of them.
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