Drawing is a skill that requires much more than just creativity and learning. It needs guidance and drawing tutorials to create jaw-dropping portraits. Therefore, in every tutorial or workshop, you go to, you’ll see that we emphasize some drawing rules, especially to achieve accuracy. We also share some of the most common drawing tips that can help you to improve your drawing skills.
Here are the 6 Drawing Tips on How to Draw Anything Accurately
Measuring the Proportions
Here, measuring the proportions of your subject doesn’t necessarily require mechanical tools like a scale. For that, you can simply extend your arm towards your subject holding your pencil, on the level of your eye or line of sight and close one eye. The tip of the pencil can be used as one point and your thumb as the other to mark the dimensions of the subject.
Start by Drawing Shapes
A very basic and powerful technique is to draw like a child; for example, you’re drawing a face or a face sketch, then you start with, drawing shapes like ovals, ellipses, and circles for various body parts and then move towards drawing details and shading.
For drawing anything accurately, try drawing what’s in front of you, and don’t add things only because you know they are there.
Identifying Positive & Negative Spaces
After you have identified the shapes in your subject, next is to add the details. This can be done by paying attention to the relationships between positive and negative shapes within the scene.
We know that the open areas around the subject are called negative shapes and the rooms which form the subject are positive shapes. Compare the proportions of these spaces to ensure the accuracy of the drawing.
The Grid Technique
This technique is best used for simplifying the subject or the photograph into smaller shapes or segments. It makes the subjects comparatively easier to draw. A grid is drawn on the photograph as well as on the drawing paper with the same dimensions, like 4×4 or 5×5. As the picture gets divided into smaller squares, each reference square corresponds to the square on the drawing paper. It makes the drawing easier and more accurate simultaneously.
Draw Connected Shapes
The above technique comes in handy when you have to draw a difficult or detailed pencil sketch. But when you’re drawing concerning the background, it becomes difficult to calculate the distance between two components of the image, unless you draw all the shapes in between.
Hence, estimate the idea of a part of the reference image, like the head and work your way down to the shoulders, waist, knees, etc. So that you every part by keeping the other parts in mind.
Figure Proportions and Gesture Drawing
For figures or gestures, drawing can become inaccurate when done out of proportion. Combining the proportions with careful observation can give accurate drawings.
The drawing tip provided here is to understand and learn to draw gestures and figures with loose lines and shapes and later move to details.
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