Want to become good at drawing but it is long time ago you drew somthing and you are interested in restarting your art journey, be it as a hobby or turning it into your profession, here’s a way to get started!
I am sure you might have come across this question, Is drawing a talent or a skill?
To this, let us know that Drawing is a skill, but talent is how quickly you grasp and improve with your interest. If Portrait Drawing were solely considered a skill, artists wouldn’t get better over time. Also, Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!
How to be Good at drawing?
Today we always look for shortcuts to get our work done there are lots of drawing tutorials available on youtube or Online Drawing Classes also but we do not learn to draw anything. In short, we want to make sentences without even learning the alphabet!
If you want to pursue art as your profession, you must know how to draw.
“Drawing is the root of everything.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Thinking How to Start? Let’s discuss the most fundamental, important, and extremely effective methods to get better at drawing.
If you want to get good at drawing and you join any institute to learn it or learn under any artist, scribbling is the first thing that they will make you do every single day. Why?
Because, To get good at drawing, you need to develop good hand-eye coordination as well as speed. You might have a strong imagination but if you are not able to put it on paper that is only because of your hand only because your hand isn’t free flowing as you thought. Whatever you think or see, must be easily drawable.
How/What to Scribble?
Take an old newspaper or any rough paper and use soft grade pencil (like a 6B or an 8b pencil) and scribble out circles, spirals, lines, ellipses, slanting lines, the letter S, and infinity; all in random sizes, both clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.
This will give you the confidence to draw/doodle what you see. The hand will be free-flowing and you can draw anything with certainty. The more you practice, the better you can draw! Take a 21-day challenge to notice the difference just by doing this simple drawing exercise.
Practice perfecting shapes, forms, and objects.
You draw what to see or what to understand, your foundational drawing of simple shapes, forms, and daily objects must be consistent, understanding their angle, placement, and light. It’s a simple and very effective exercise. It will help you understand space, light, form, dimension, and most important proportions. Don’t shed much, just hatch and mark the areas of light and shadow. Draw freehand and be bold to try and make mistakes, learn and understand if it. Every object is a form or a combination of forms, so simply what you see and draw accordingly! Be consistent with this exercise for maximum improvement in drawing and developing much more confidence to be able to draw anything.
Work on Space, Proportions, and Perspective
Artists strategically use space as an element, positive and negative space in the art to create an effective balanced composition, convey any specific message/meaning, or create an intended focal point. Space helps in creating an illusion of depth artistically.
Observe natural compositions, and aligned spaces wherever you go, and practice drawing and understanding the space. It will help you master what you see.
To get better at proportion, understand the structure and immediately apply it to your practice. More than a grid drawing, just draw a horizontal and vertical axis as guidelines to draw each part and draw accurate Angles.
Opt uses the grid method mainly for large-scale drawings.
Copy the Masters
We all have creative inspirations whom we Aspire to become. So to take the first step towards it, you must create a separate folder of your inspiration and note what you aspire to become. As a beginner artist, copying is the best way to understand the process and develop good taste in Art. You should copy drawings and paintings of whoever you admire. This will help you develop a bank of knowledge concerning the materials, the technique involved, the process, etc. Also note, reproduction is primarily a “learning” process and NOT the ultimate goal. Your ultimate goal must be to create your unique style and expression. Never fall into plagiarism. Always credit the master and be grateful to undergo the process of reproduction. Be open about it.
Keep a Sketchbook and Draw Daily!
Practice, practice, and practice… until people tell you “GET A LIFE!” This will make you better than anything. Look for resources, critique yourself, just focus and be consistent and you’ll see tremendous improvement and impact of your drawing within 6 months. It will put you way ahead of your time.
Remember, the legendary artist John Singer Sargent said,
“You can’t do enough sketches. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”
In the end, I would just let you know the more often you’ll pick your Pencil or pen and draw, the better you’ll become. Do not add a compulsion to yourself to draw 100 sketch drawing & portrait drawing daily. Instead, Just spend 45 minutes sincerely every single day.
You will enjoy the process, seeing your growth and this is the actual and the most logical way to get started. These 5 drawing exercises will help you to become good at drawing and understand the creative process easier and develop your unique form of Art. If you also want to draw like a pro then you must join our Online Sketching Course. In this course we have explain everything step by step.