Tantowi grew up drawing and designing. Now she makes videos for a living and loves every second of it.
Do you want to improve your drawing skills? When it comes to making art, the more we draw the better we get. Drawing is like a muscle. The more we exercise it (and practice), the stronger and better our drawings will be. As you probably know, if we don’t regularly use a skill or keep at something we’re not very good at then we lose that skill or use it less often. Well, that goes for drawing too.
It is very important to improve your drawing skills, regardless of the medium you use. I have a friend who is a comic artist and he can draw a page in just a couple of hours. I am not that good, but I have been practicing daily for more than three years and have made significant progress. In this article, I share the most important lessons I have learned about improving my drawing skills.
Set Realistic Expectations for Improvement
If you’re looking to improve your drawing skills, you need to be realistic in your expectations. More specifically, you should aim for improvement that is steady and repeatable. No one draws perfect pictures every time they draw something. Improvement comes from taking small steps one day at a time until your art turns into a masterpiece.
Learn to draw regularly. It’s an excellent self-discipline skill that will allow you to see your artistic skills improve. To become a really good artist, you need to be constantly practicing new techniques and drawing from life, not just from paintings and drawings in your art class. Studies have shown that regular practice may lead to better results than random effort. The ability to follow a goal consistently helps us overcome resistance to procrastination, so start setting realistic goals for yourself.
Do It Every Day!
Every day you should draw something. Whether it's a picture, graph, or the occasional line and splash of color; draw as much as you can. Keep adding to your drawings throughout the day. At first, it'll be easy and stupid, but as you continue to practice your skills you'll start to get better at it. Soon you'll be able to detect when your drawing has improved and want to continue working on it more.
You can improve your hand-eye coordination by drawing, and you will gain a better understanding of how lines, colors, and weight blend together in pictures. In just a few minutes every day, you may be surprised at how much time you can add to your drawing routine. Drawing is not an easy thing to do and learning to draw a picture does take time and patience. You must make an effort whenever you start a new piece of artwork, no matter how small or simple it may seem.
Mix Up Your Materials and Techniques
Mix up the materials and techniques as much as possible. I always have a few different things going at once. My sketchbook is filled with drawings done in pen and ink, ballpoint pen, pencil, charcoal, gum eraser, watercolors, markers, colored pencils and a little bit of paint here and there. Combining a variety of media into your practice session will give you a wider range of skills to choose from when responding to future projects.
Take Anatomy Classes If You Can
If you're drawing the human body, you should take anatomy classes if you can. The modeling of human bodies is of great help in sketching them more accurately. Anatomy is the study of the body and how it works. Throughout the various classes, you will improve your drawing skills and be able to recognize a variety of different body parts. In this way, you will gain an understanding of your drawing style and make it in many different ways.
Long term it will be worth it. As you draw, you can see the pattern and understand how it works. Following the picture and memorizing a few lines is not enough. The uniqueness of every person's anatomy is an asset when it comes to drawing, but especially when designing characters or portraits.
There is much to learn from anatomy. Anatomy varies from person to person. It is important to pay attention to body posture, head size, facial features, and other details. It is possible to experiment with lighting and shadow when learning anatomy drawing, which will result in more interesting drawings. As you gain proficiency in drawing the human figure, you can experiment with tools and materials.
Practice Understanding Proportion
When it comes to drawing, the proportion is one of the most important principles. It means that the relative sizes of the objects in your drawing are accurate. Proportion can be pretty difficult to master, especially when you’re trying to draw things in perspective.
Drawing something is the first big challenge you'll face. If you study the laws of perspective, it will become clear that everything has different relative proportions based on its distance from you. There are no "make-it-scale-up" instructions for getting proportions right since they vary depending on how close you are to something. Proportions are important in all types of drawing, such as realistic drawing, cartooning, and digital art. Learning proportions can be hard, but with enough study and practice, you can get a good grasp of it.
Don't Compare Yourself to Other Artists or Artworks
It's not smart to compare yourself with other artists or artworks. You'll just set unrealistic expectations for your work. Instead, focus on what attracted you to an artwork in the first place. It can also cause you to feel "not good enough" when comparing yourself to others.
There is a common myth in the art world that you need to be "better" than other artists or to rival them in some way. Drawing a comparison or trying to measure up to your competitors is a sign of insecurity and frustration. It can be harmful to your creative growth if you focus on trying to be better than others instead of just enjoying what you do. Looking at other artists can result in self-doubt and a lack of confidence in your abilities.
To improve at drawing, you need to practice frequently. You should also try to get critiques from other people who can see your work before you decide if it's good enough to share with the world. You shouldn't be afraid to take critique either; it's an opportunity to learn more about your work and improve. You'll also want to find a style that fits you. There are varying levels of difficulty when it comes to drawing, so it depends on how much you've been drawing and how good of an artist you think you are.
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