November 22, 2019 2 min read

Learning how to draw is a journey. Along the way, the artist discovers techniques that make the process easier and drawings more realistic. To make this journey progress a little faster, here are ten drawing tips for new artists.

Drawing Tip #1: Find and Use Proportions in Figure Drawing

There are basic measurements that can be used to draw humans realistically every time. These measurements are called proportions. To learn how to proportions in figure drawing read Drawing Human Proportions.

Drawing Tip #2: Use Shading and Light Sources

When drawing, new artists should observe how light affects the object. The side of the object that is farthest away from the light is the darkest and the side that is closest to the light is the lightest. The areas in-between are mid-tones. Adding dark and light areas to your drawing is called shading. Shading makes objects look more three-dimensional.
 
Drawing Tip #3: Draw Simple Shapes

For complicated subjects, break the object down into simple shapes. Lightly draw these shapes on the paper, then "flesh out" the shape by using the shapes as a guideline.

Drawing Tips #4: Measure Subjects While Drawing

To make a drawing look like the subject, the artist should visually measure where details lie on the subject and compare these measurements to the drawing.

Drawing Tips #5: Keep the Hand Quick

It's easier for humans to keep their balance when moving quickly; the same is true for drawing. The faster the hand moves, the more convincing the drawing becomes. Drawing slowly makes the sketch look stiff and lifeless.

Drawing Tip #6: Draw Folds Using Letters

Folds in clothing can be drawing using letters. Most folds form the letters J, S, V and U. To learn more about this drawing technique read How to Draw Clothing.

Drawing Tip #7: Start at the Beginning

Start drawing by lightly sketching the subject and leave details and shading for later. This gives the drawing a strong foundation.

Drawing Tip #8: Don't Forget Backgrounds in Drawings

Many new artists tend to draw subjects in the middle of a piece of paper and that's it. A drawing isn't finished if the subject is floating in space. Give the subject an area to occupy, whether it's a table, a room or the outdoors.

Drawing Tip #9: Use Pencils with Different Lead Hardness

For the best effects, switch from hard to soft leaded pencils. To learn more about lead hardness read How to Pick a Pencil for Drawing.

Drawing Tip #10: Try Different Types of Paper

The right paper can make all the difference. Experiment with different papers to find a favorite. New artists that use these drawing tips will find their artistic skills increasing at a quicker pace and will enjoy greater success.
Yvonne Chavez
Yvonne Chavez

Yvonne Chavez is a Tennessee-born, New York-based figurative painter. She has a degree in art history and philosophy.


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