Getting better at drawing
1. Deciding what to draw
2. Select your pencils
How to draw a rose? See the details, practice drawing them, discover more details, improve your drawing; that’s how observation is crucial for your learning process. Most people try to draw things the way they should look instead of the way they really do look. Once again, the most remarkable advice while learning to draw is observation. If you look at what you draw you’re doing a good job. Take notice of proportions and details, those are the things that will measure your capability. The more details you can add and the better proportions, you’ll get better and better drawings. This is why drawing from memory is not an easy thing to do as it doesn’t offer as much visual information as drawing things we are looking at. Shadows, details, shapes, there are many things that are hard to replicate even when you’re looking at them. You could try to make them up, but drawings will lose some reality. Even when you would like to draw magical creatures or ghosts or other things you could not replicate in reality you should draw from observation; that’s why a tree with a face can look so alive, because the person who draws it replicated a real human expression into it. Observe things, draw them and merge them; create new things out of things you can already draw.
4. Be flexible
Be versatile, this will allow you to create interesting and dynamic drawings. Experiment with your set of pencils and hold them at different angles to create different sorts of effects, play with your equipment, have fun with it and create new things. Remember that once you start a drawing you should finish it with the same style, this is a very important rule to keep your drawing harmonious.
5. Use guides and grids to keep proportions
You must learn how to keep the alignment of facial and body features of the people you are looking at. The angle from which you are looking at them will play an important role in this. Using grids to guide the person to keep proportions of the features is a very good way to avoid ending up with a distorted face. These grids will help you better locate the placement of features from the same angles and at the proper distance, such as where to place the eyes (e.g.). It is important to pay attention at the head proportion before deciding and marking the rest of the features because sometimes we concentrate too much on a certain feature like the nose (e.g.) and draw it too big compared to the rest of the face. Remember, observation is your best friend.
Even when everybody is different, most of us have the same standard proportions. So things like understanding the divisions of the face and the shapes of foreheads of both children and adults will allow you to improve dramatically. If you draw from a picture, using grids will result in very accurate results. This way you can achieve really good looking artworks with more precision and detail.
6. Pick details wisely
Don’t bite more than you can chew; you might be ambitious, but that might ruin your overall results. Don’t try to draw every scale on a fish; the artist should pick which details are going into the piece to suit the aesthetics of the artwork.
This is the best advice anyone will give a student in anything. Whenever you want to develop a skill you must practice to achieve a higher level of mastery. Always have with you a sketchbook wherever you go and try to draw anything new you see, try different textures, different shades, a different style or focus. Quickly draw things; sketch everything you can. This is a great way to learn faster because you can do many different drawings. You are yet to discover what you are capable of.
8. Put yourself into your drawing
In order to become a real artist, there’s something that you must have, a way to insert your own soul into a drawing. Even when you draw realistic artworks. They can always have your signature in the way you perform details and the focus you give to the piece. You are the one who decides.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, learn from them, compare your current work with the previous so you can acknowledge your improvements. All mistakes, big or small, can be fixed. The most important thing is to be aware of them and hold the will to overcome them. Be self-critical, have fun, and most importantly: practice, practice, practice!
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