9 Best Tips to Improve Your Drawing Skills

Categories: Pencil PerceptionsPublished On: April 14, 20210 Comments20.3 min read
Kayur Thakkar
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Drawing in itself is a profitable and pleasurable form of art, but when you learn to draw it would lead to betterment in several other mediums as well. When you improve your drawing skills and draw accurately, it becomes the base of a realistic painting. Improving your drawing skills helps in boosting your artwork to a totally different level. It helps you in understanding the concepts of shape, value, and shading which you can further translate into several other forms of artwork.

So, How to Improve your Drawing Skills

Here are some tips to improve your drawing skills.

Practice is the key

When you practice drawing continuously, it is the first thing that would help in improving your drawing skills. Keep drawing something daily. It’s not necessary that it has to be a masterpiece. You can draw anything and everything you or what you see. Keep it pretty simple and do not start with something complicated.

Keep tracing

Print a picture of what you’d like to draw and trace over it several times. This would help you in memorizing the angles and curves of the object that you wish to draw and hence, develop your drawing skill quickly. You can alternatively use tracing paper, trace the object and transfer it to drawing paper. This would provide you with an accurate drawing, to begin with.

Use references

Often you’d feel like drawing what’s in your thoughts, however, sometimes you might want to draw a particular thing. It’s difficult to draw the object accurately if you are not looking at it. When you take a look at the reference pictures, the shadows and angles would make it easier for you to draw the subject.

Good quality papers

The quality and kind of papers you use for your drawing exercises can make a significant difference in how your drawing would turn out. The regular paper has a rough texture and would not give you a smooth finish for shading. Make marks on the paper to start with, but using a good quality paper that is specially designed for drawing purposes would be more satisfying.

Learn the values

When you’re just learning how to draw you must see the values in your subjects such as its lightness or darkness. This would help in improving your drawings to a greater extent and give them some movement and depth. Study different objects in different light sources and notice how the values change.

Focus on shapes

When you begin your pencil art focus more on shapes and not the outlines. Consider, for example, that you wish to draw a dog. Start by drawing a circle for the head and then continue with an oval for the dog’s body and rectangles for the legs. Connect the shapes and add details. Keep in mind to keep these initial shapes light so that it becomes easier for you to erase them as you move forward.

Loosen up your hands

Most of the people out there learn to draw by holding their pencils close to the bottom. They draw by only moving their wrist, which restricts the motion range and makes the sketch very tight. When you hold the pencil somewhat closer to the top and draw freely with your shoulder, you would not only make your drawing looser but also make it flow better. 

Prevent smudging

Charcoal and graphite are much softer and tend to smudge easily. They get transferred to your hands easily and later onto the paper. You can prevent this from happening by keeping something under your hand while you draw.

Learning drawing skills

Taking in-depth tutorials and classes are a better option than benefits beginners and teach a lot about drawing. If you do not have the time or there are no in-person classes, you can consider taking online drawing classes

Hope these tips were helpful to you in starting your drawing journey. Keep in mind that practising will enhance your drawing skills over time. Keep practising and keep drawing!

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