Remember how you used to draw as a kid?

I do. And it was the easiest thing in the world. We tend to overthink things as adults, which is why it never occurs to most of us to just pick up a pen and start drawing.

It’s funny because I don’t remember feeling intimidated by a blank piece of paper as a child and yet as an adult I constantly feel like I need to get better at drawing before I actually start drawing.

But here’s the thing: Most art is not meant to be perfect. It is meant to be a reflection of the artist, more than anything. If your drawing is full of imperfections, at least those areĀ your imperfections and no one will ever be able to recreate them in exactly the same way. That is the beauty of art.

So if you want to start illustrating, my advice to you is to pick up a pen – not a pencil – and start drawing. If you don’t know where to start, pick an object you see and draw it, even if it looks too difficult. I find that objects with a lot of detail make the most interesting illustrations, which is why I always pick something that looks too difficult to draw and I draw it anyway.

I like to draw the objects in my room.
My Instax camera.

I mentioned earlier that you should use a pen, not a pencil. The reason is that with a pencil you’ll feel tempted to erase any ‘mistakes’ and start over. But with a pen, all the uneven lines and messiness make it into your final drawing and give it character, which is the whole point of this style.

One of my favourite things to draw is my 80-year-old Remington typewriter. It has plenty of detail and the illustration comes out differently every time I draw it.

My Remington Portable Model 50.

I scanned my drawing and added some colour, texture and type in Photoshop.

Ink textures I scanned and used in Photoshop.
I printed out the type I was going to use and traced over it using tracing paper and a fine liner.
The final thing.

This Skillshare class explains how to add ink textures in Photoshop – I found it super useful (if you haven’t got a Skillshare premium membership, click on the link to try it for free for 2 months – it’s pretty awesome).

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