Tips To Improve Your Drawing
Drawing is the action of making marks on any surface of any material, therefore by this definition, that anyone can draw. Now that we’ve established that, we all know that some of us can draw better than others. Becoming skilled at drawing requires several factors coming together. Some of these factors include desire, instruction, practice, time, and more practice. I decided to put together this list of quick tips on drawing so that you can immediately see results in your drawing abilities. This list of tips on drawing is not a magical formula for drawing. They are purely just some tips that I have picked up along the way that have helped me in my drawing.
Practice, Practice, Practice, and then – Practice Some More
— Matt Fussell
1. Drawing is a skill
This means that drawing is not some magical activity that some people are born with the ability to do. A skill is something that can be taught and most importantly-learned. If you want to draw, draw better, or draw as a professional- you can. Anyone can become skilled at drawing. Don’t ever say, “I can’t draw.”
2. Drawing is at least 50% Observation
Drawing is about seeing. Have you ever taken a photo of something without pointing the camera at it? Of course you haven’t. Yet so many people think they can draw well without looking at an object. Then they become disappointed that their drawings don’t look representational. You must look at objects in order to draw them. In fact, you need to look at objects a lot in order to draw them. I suggest that the amount of time you should spend looking at your object should be half the time it takes to complete the drawing. Drawing is at least 50% observation. If you want to draw an elephant, then look at an elephant. Really study it. Understand why you see it that way, then draw it. Everyone knows that one way to cheat on a test is to look at someone else’s paper. When you draw, look at your object- the answers are there. Just put them on your paper.
3. Use Resources
This one is related to #2. Gather photos or better yet take photos of objects if you can’t draw them in person. Some people may forsake me for this one. It’s just not possible to draw everything from life. So when you can’t be in the African Savannah to draw that lion, use a photo or three. Here are a few photo references to get you started.