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How to Start Drawing and Perfect Your Drawing Skills

Updated on March 22, 2019

Getting Started:

Starting out as an artist is never easy. Art doesn't and will never just come to you as soon as you start. It will be hard, tedious, and you will get discouraged as you go along. The key is to never give up, and to look to other artists for advice and guidance. It can be hard to discover your preferred art style, and in most cases, it comes from looking at multiple other artist's work. A great place to start depends on your art style. If you're more classic and old timely- you may want to flip through art magazines or text books. However if the art you aspire to make is more futuristic like digital art, contemporary, etc- looking online on sights like pinterest and tumblr helps a lot. Once you find something that catches your eye- look at the color schemes and design choices made on the piece. Point out what you would do different, and try to recreate it using the methods that you think would look better. If its hard on you to draw it from a glance, either trace over it on paper (if its from a magazine or art book), or trace over it digitally on a separate layer on an art program like Adobe Draw or MediBang paint.

Creating your basic image:

Once you've discovered your art style and know what you'd like to create, the next step is practicing the image in your mind, brainstorming creative ideas and reflecting them onto paper or through software. To sketch easier without having to constantly erase or delete your layer, try tracing an image similar to the one you want to create. Once the image is there, remove and add certain things to make it completely your own. If you're drawing a person or animal, re-position the body, limbs or face to where you'd like them, and resize/reshape the features into what you originally imagined.

Perfecting your image with techniques and shading:

Once you have the perfect sketch, the next step is to fill it with the perfect colors for the vibe you're going for, and to add shading and textures. The easiest part can be the sketch, but coloring isn't too hard either. Even if you have a beautiful sketch, it may seem mediocre to the people around you. Adding color, contrast and depth can really strike emotion in the others viewing your art, and improve your mindset as an artist. The first step digitally- is to start the texture on another layer, making sure the ruffles, lines, creases, etc are all perfect and realistic (if that's what you're going for). If you're drawing on paper or painting on a canvas, the next step is color. if your drawing has a lot of contrast (dark's vs lights) it's smart to start with the lightest colors, then the middle tones, and then the darkest tones. Once you're done, be sure to touch up the whites, adding highlights to show where the light in the image comes from, and create a sense of realism. If you're creating a cartoon or anime image, it's also cute to add lots of highlights on the facial features, skin and hair. Back to digital- once you have the texture layer filled out how you want it, create a new layer underneath the texture for your color and shading. if you used texture for wrinkles in skin or clothing, its good to remember to still shade around those areas and highlight where it's appropriate. Always remember where the light source of your image is- and if you need to, look up a reference picture for how to shade on clothing, hair, skin, natural shadows, etc. Textures on paper/canvas are usually added after the color, used with darker colors just like you would with a digital drawing.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 sam uwu


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