Drawing is the basis of painting; Most of the paintings start with rough sketches of drawings to bring out the creativity of the painter. Whereas drawing uses lines and shades, painting uses colors and designs

Shade, line and object drawing are some of the types of drawings; oil, water, landscapes and portraits, real life and still paintings and religious painting are some of the type of paintings.

However, the art and science of drawing and painting are the same; both are fine arts and needs the use of specialized part of your brain, a spectacular imagination, a fine vision and amazingly skilled hands.

Just like a writer brings out her emotions through her words, phrases and sentences; a dancer depicts her feelings through facial expressions and body language, a drawing artist and a painter expresses her sensitivity and imagination through lines, strokes, shades, colours and hues.

Both drawing and painting can be created either through the physical format or through the e-format.

There is software available for painting on the net like Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop and Fireworks; there is also software available on the net for drawing like Designer, CorelDraw and Freehand.

However, a lot of people would like to use the hand painting and physical drawing materials for the sheer joy and happiness, while indulging in these fine arts.

There are a few general tips given below to help you on the prime fine arts of drawing and painting:


Sketch Book: Carry the sketch book with you wherever you go: it’s the rough sketch medium of your imagination and creativity. You may further draw on them based on your initial thoughts.

 Easel: The best method of drawing on an Easel is to stand up and draw; keep distance between the easel and your hands, wrists and fingers so that you can move your pencil freely and also maintain a clear view of your art in progress.

Pencils: Pencils have different levels of thickness; HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B etc. and are available in different degrees of blackness like average hardness and black, soft and black and very softness and black etc.

According to the type of your painting, you should choose the thickness and blackness of your pencils.

 Change the pencils: You may even use the charcoal pencils, in colours of white, black and grey for better drawing output. Charcoal pencils are available in various grades of various tones as well.

Sharpeners: Pencil sharpeners should be used frequently to maintain the required sharpness of the pencils.

Erasers: Use the non dust erasers to save the texture of the paper: you may also use electric or battery operated erasers.

Watercolors: Use acrylic painting brushes for watercolor this will create a nice line effect and a great stroke effects, different from the sable brush every one uses.

Use mixed media: Allow your creativity flow through you; add anything to your canvass, even to the extent of fake flowers, glitters, beads and feathers. Let your imagination speaks to the wind, sand, sea, artifices and the works!

 Use Gloves: Wear gloves on your hands to avoid the smudge marks getting on to your hands and on to your art work. However, you should change the gloves, when the smudges appear on them.

 Paper Towels: Replace your regular paper towels with soft paper towels; this way, less lint particles shall enter into your artwork. They are also soft on your brushes.

Air Purifier: Use air purifier to clear the air to avoid headaches, nausea and other health issues while painting. Your painting materials are filled in with chemicals, which though create beautiful paintings, but are sometimes, detrimental to your health.

How to maintain the painting art materials:

Brush in use: The tip of your brush should be pointing down, when you hang them to dry after cleaning. This will help to get all the moisture to dry away from the tip ferrule.

Brush in store: You may use plastic ice cube trays (the non stick types) for storing the paints and for keeping them fresh, while in use. Once the painting is done, keep plastic wrap on top of the trays and store them in plastic containers.

While storing, keep the faces of your paint brush, whether it is Rigger Brush, Fan Brush, Mop Brush and Flat or Round brush, always up to lengthen their life time. You may buy Artist Brush Holder for this purpose.

Finally, exercise safety measures in your Art Studio or the work place or your art room. As the art materials are full of chemicals and toxins, caution needs to be taken to maintain your well being. Wash your hands before leaving the studio. Do not eat or drink anything in the studio. If there are cuts in your hands, wear gloves to keep the crack away from the chemicals. Use a proper ventilator system. During cleaning, avoid exposure to solvents.


I am not a beginner exactly: but still, I am unable to bring forth what I want onto the canvass.Something eludes me all the time and I am not happy with the final product. Some days, I even stop painting and look at the white mass of the canvass, as though it is the answer for all my questions. How to get what I want out of my work?

Getting discouraged in the fine arts is nothing new: None other than Vincent Van Gogh has gone through that phase:

“In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing”.

– Vincent Van Gogh

Persistence and Practice are the only answers in expressing your exact imagination on to the canvass. Practice with persistence. Get on with your drawing and painting.

You may also join in a course relevant to your interests in painting, thereby, understand and clarify your queries, improve on your work and finally catch hold of that elusive satisfaction which you are looking for in your final product.


To Quote Vincent Van Gogh again:

“As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward.”