In our competitive world, it’s easy to get stressed and overwhelmed. Hobbies and passion help us beat the blues from our work. Among all the hobbies, drawing and painting mostly helps a person calm his mind and de-clutter his thoughts and tensions.
Drawing is a skill that doesn’t require expertise if it means to be done as a hobby. While drawing helps people a great deal, developing your drawing can produce outstanding arts and crafts.
Again, you do not need a teacher or an instructor to teach you how to draw. If drawing relieves you from your stress, here are ten tips to improve and enhance your drawing skills like a pro:
Practice makes a man perfect:
Practice can help you master any skill. It is identical with drawing skills too. The more you practice, you get better at your drawings. Invest yourself in drawing daily. Correct your drawings, understand your flaws, know your interests and create your own space.
Start at your own pace. You do not have to start something really difficult to draw. Grow with small doodles, figures, and artwork. Slowly progress the levels of difficulty. Do it daily with a measurable period. It is not necessary to overdo yourself. Practice until you enjoy it.
Trace for perfection:
It is a brainer; tracing helps us understand the outline and detailing required while we draw any object. Tracing also aids in memorizing the lines and structure of the inanimate object. It helps in practicing at beginner stages and expertise in drawing as a whole.
There are many ways to trace out drawings. You can use a thin sheet of paper or place the sheet behind the picture you want to draw and outline hardly to create an impression on the page. Tracing sheets are also available at any art and crafts store to help in tracing. Use this technique to enhance your drawing abilities.
Get inspired from photos:
As a beginner and a person who wants expertise in drawing, it is hard to draw anything that pops into your mind. Whereas if you look at an image and draw, you’ll understand where to highlight and fill in space.
You can easily download images of any theme or find them in magazines, newspapers, books, etc. Analyze the photo, look out for necessary detailing, and try to draw it down on paper. As you grow out of this, you can draw anything you imagine.
Quality art supplies:
There’s a vast difference between drawing with a random pencil on a paper and using significant art supplies. The right kind of paper used for drawing can make it so much attractive, appealing, and professional.
Art pencils, brushes, paints, sketches, etc., enhance your drawing or painting’s overall look. Selecting the right kind of art supplies that suit you is essential. It changes your drawing skills a lot, and you get used to it eventually. Escalate from ordinary to extraordinary in no time.
Know the techniques:
Anyone can draw, but to make a difference with anyone you have to understand the values of drawing. This means to understand the referred images lightness or darkness on the scale of white to black (with white being the highest and black being the lowest on the scale) and draw accordingly.
The whole painting’s credits rely on the values of the drawing. It is known to be more important than choosing the right shade of paint for your drawing.
Know the techniques, understand the values and draw your heart out. Your drawing’s beauty enhances in no time.
Shape it out:
Every artist’s first mistake is to dive into the actual drawing without focusing on the basics. Before drawing lines to lines, round up a circle, set a triangle, or any other shapes for unrestricted movement while outlining your drawings.
This technique will help you learn the basics of drawing, understand the figure’s body to be drawn and know where to detail and highlight. Rigid lines cannot freely shape the object’s body, so start with relevant shapes of the item, for e.g., circle for the head, etc., in light, then join them using lines and rub the extra part for the perfect drawing of that object. Do not forget to detail and highlight for extra brownie points.
Avoid being uptight:
Another beginner’s mistake that has to be avoided at any cost, being firm and hard on your pencil while drawing on a piece of paper.
Not only will it give an inappropriate bold look to the portrait, but it also is hard to erase wherever necessary. So, it is better to incorporate being loose on your pencil, even on yourself. Be free with your drawing. Go with the flow while leaving your stress at bay. Enjoy whatever you draw with a loose hand.
Smudging does give a smokey look, but let’s be honest, it just makes your drawing look like a whole mess. Also, the beauty of the portrait is diluted.
Sometimes, you smudge without your knowledge. Art pencils are soft and are easily smudgeable. When you move your hand focusing on drawing, it happens to spread quite a few times. To avoid this, use any waste paper under your hand.
You can also try drawing direction-wise, from top-bottom or left to right, depending upon your hand movement to make sure your drawing is smudge-proof. If it smudges anyway, try to erase it carefully and correct your picture accordingly.
Take up classes:
An amateur artist doesn’t require any instructor to develop his skills. But people with serious intentions can take up art classes. There are different types of art classes; sketching, watercolor, portrait, etc. Choose among the one that spike up your interest.
If there are no physical tutors teaching art classes, enroll in online courses. The Internet and YouTube have vivid choices in both paid and free online art classes. Register into one and begin your journey towards perfection and authenticity.
All the above tips can be helpful only if you practice them until you’re satisfied. Get inspired, recreate, draw, paint, or anything but practice. Practice till you get free-handed. Practice till you can pull out of your imagination. Practice until you don’t have to practice again.
To err is to be human. You do not have to expertise or be perfect with your skills to gain recognition or be proud of yourself. Painting and drawing are not the fields for scrutinizing if done as a hobby. Know your pace and do whatever you love. Love is the best motivation to enhance any skill.