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Best Ways To Improve Your Art

Updated on July 8, 2009
Amy Grant, Heart In Motion CD. My latest work.. :)
Amy Grant, Heart In Motion CD. My latest work.. :)

Imporving Your Art

One thing that many artists, (if not all of us) have in common, the desire to improve our art... no matter the medium.

When trying to improve our art we scrounge and scatter all over the place trying to buy the best books, art supplies we think will help us get better, art classes and such. Hoping that tools, and people holding our hand will make us improve faster.

While in some cases that may be true, and for those who can afford that help, the books and the classes etc by all means do so... but what about for the rest of us? That's who this hub is for, the people who want to improve their art and aren't sure where to start.

I See The Mistakes... But Am Unsure Where To Go From Here

Trying to get proportions right is one of the hardest things to do... in some cases the artist can see the mistakes but has no idea where to fix them.. not even how to start. While this is probably the most annoying answer there is, if this is your situation then the best thing you can do is practice and give it time.

Your problem isn't that you don't see the errors but perhaps that you take them to hard.. you are constantly downgrading yourself and because of this end up getting discouraged and suddenly NEED to improve at all costs. When the truth of the matter is your doing better then a lot of people just by seeing the errors, now you need to learn to notice them, learn from them and accept them.. oh yeah, then MOVE ON. Holding on to your mistakes wont help you, let it go and make a commitment to take the time needed to practice and improve.

Whatever it is that you have problems with study it. Learn it, see the shapes and lines and stick them in your head, yes.. now your allowed to OBSESS. The better you know the object the easier you will be able to draw it, however... your first few tries will still stink, you may know how it looks but your hand isn't moving with your head yet.. the picture and movements need time and practice in order to connect with each other.

Your art work is only as good as your mind's ability to understand the reference pictures and move your hand in the same pattern, it's like catching a ball or a baby shaking a rattle.. you have to develop those skills in order to improve.. yes you need to LEARN.

People Keep Telling Me That BLANK...

Now for the people who think their art is perfect and flawless...

I'm not going to tell you that your a bad artist, even not seeing your work.. because there is no such thing as a bad artist, just a inexperienced one. I will say, "LIGHTEN UP" You don't NEED to be perfect, no one will hate you if your not.. it's fun to watch people learn.. learning is a part of life. If people keep telling you that you anatomy is off and you should work on it, they aren't trying to be mean, (well, most times anyways!) most of the time they are trying to help, even if at times they are harsh about it, or are sounding like a hmmm, "Complete know-it-all", sound familiar? Yeah thought so.

Chances are if the same thing is being repeated it's true, maybe your anatomy does need work? ;) Improve upon that, find resources.. there are plenty all over the Internet, even sites like YouTube have how-to-draw videos! Work on it and accept that no one is perfect... no, I don't care how unpopular you are, sorry your STILL NOT no one! ^_^

Progress of my own from following these directions. -Don't ask me what gave me the NERVE to admit that first one is mine.. from this year, Jan 2nd to be exact.
Progress of my own from following these directions. -Don't ask me what gave me the NERVE to admit that first one is mine.. from this year, Jan 2nd to be exact.

Ending Notes

Now for thew people who are about to grab me through the screen and yell "YES, but HOW do you improve?!!" ^_^;

First off, you let go of me.. just kidding! No but really,

  • Practice
  • Perseverance
  • Patience
  • Oh yeah, did I say practice?!

These things will get you far, be patient with your self and your art, you'll get there if you keep it up! Promise! And keep practicing, practice, practice, PRACTICE!!! I know it sound repetitive, and it is but it will get you far. :)

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Dheeraji, thank you! I try to be as descriptive as possible... glad you are finding the information useful! ^_^

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      Dheeraji 8 years ago from Leicestershire

      This hub is very useful and descriptive as I now know which techniques to do to best my art :) as I'm doing it at A-level

      Your hub is very great (Y)

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      countrywomen, Thanks! I'll check emm out, I know I'm a fan of SweetiePie!

      -Not really, we missed it when I signed up but now my mom is basically... has the account under my name T'ill I turn 18.. so technically no.. am I the writer/artist and publish the hubs, Yes. Is my mom the one is watching it for me as her second account?.... yeah. ;) - Although I REALLY hope it doesn't lead to problems.. :( I'll be VERY sad if I have to stop my HubPages activity t'ill I'm 18.

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      countrywomen 8 years ago from Washington, USA

      WOW!!! You are really talented. SweetiePIe is very artistic. Besides Lita and Amanda Severn have wonderful picture hubs on black white and other sketches of painters. Btw did you check whether being 16 you are allowed at hub pages. I read somewhere that one needs to be 18. You have a bright future and keep these wonderful hubs coming.

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      shamelabboush, Thanks, this is what I like to do! :) I think that individuality is running low around, especially lately.. everyone wants to be cool and hang out with the stars and bla bla bla... I like to keep it original. ^_^

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      No, you should be proud! A girl your age should be busy with what teenagers usually do, but you invest all that power into something creative. You are talented. Wish you the best.

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      shamelabboush, Aww that's so sweet... thanks! -^_^- -(blushes)

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      Cam Anju 8 years ago from Stoughton, Wisconsin

      Kmadhav, I'm glad your learning drawing! Thanks! ^_^

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      shamelabboush 8 years ago

      You're very creative girl CAM! These are wonderful drawings...

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      Kmadhav 8 years ago from New delhi

      You are really a master of arts on hubpages...I am learning the drawing with your good tips...

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