10 Quick Pencil Drawing Tips And Techniques

Beginner Drawing Tips

Tip 1: Drawing from real life will help you improve much faster. So when ever you can, try to draw from life instead of a photograph.

Tip 2: Trying to draw every single details of a drawing will give your viewer too much information to take in. Some time less can be more. Just pay attention to the critical lines in the drawing. (Learn how to draw lips)

Tip 3: Don’t feel like you have to complete the entire drawing in one session. If it helps, you should try to break up your drawing into multiple sessions and work on it in different stages.

Tip 4: Don’t be over critical of yourself or try to critique your drawing before it is completed. Your worse enemy is not your “lack of skill”, it is the likelihood of you giving up. Don’t be so hard on yourself. (Learn how to draw a portrait)

Tip 5: If you are a beginner, don’t try to draw anything that is too complicated as that might discourage you and cause you to give up. Just start with something simple and gradually work your way up.

Tip 6: When drawing a particular object, try to forget your previous experience of it. Just try to see what is in front of you and draw that. Don’t let what you think you know about something effect your view of it.

Tip 7: Lighting is very important when it comes to producing great looking artwork. Make sure the room you work in has good lighting. Natural light is best but if you do not have access to natural light, try to see if you can invest in some artificial light stands.

Tip 8: Practice using newspaper print sketching paper. It’s inexpensive and great for practice.

Tip 9: Maintain your pencil and drawing materials. Keep your pencil sharp most of the time. Your drawing will look better and you’ll have more fun using them.

Tip 10: Some artist forgets this, but you can use the weight of the pencil as a way to add light or dark to your drawing. Practice varying the weight that you put on your drawing pencil. When you become skilled at this, it can become a drawing technique in and of itself.


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