3 Sizzling Tips To Improve Your Drawing

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Do you want to enhance your drawing?

Have you always wanted to draw well?

From enhancing your creativity, sketching out your ideas, to developing your own style, drawing can help you in many different ways.

However, drawing can be quite a hard skill to learn and become good at, as it takes hard work, dedication and practise to get right.

Within this blog post, I’m going to be sharing ‘3 Sizzling Tips To Improve Your Drawing’, which will give you the confidence to practise your drawing, regardless if you’re a beginner or not.

Even if you consider yourself as a expert within this field, this blog post can give you a few other points which you may not have considered.

I’ve been drawing for over 10 years, and as a Freelance Illustrator myself, drawing has become an integral part of my creativity, which can give you many benefits too!

Let’s get into it!

Draw From Observation

In order to improve your drawing, you need to draw from life.

Drawing from observation is the best way to help train your eye, so you learn to draw what you see, not what you think you see.

To enhance this element of your craft, you need to draw from the things around you.

This could be drawing a bowl of fruit, recording whats outside your window, or practise drawing portraits by sketching your family.

Whatever you decide to choose, make sure you’re always looking at the subject as much as possible, because remember, it’s not what you think you see.

Here’s some examples of things you can draw from;

  • The mirror – produce a self portrait of yourself, recording every part of your face
  • Draw the things around your desk or working area, from your coffee mug, phone to wallet
  • Whilst on public transport, sketch the things around you, including people too!
  • Go outside and record the landscape in front of you – this is also a good opportunity to take in the fresh air!

Even though drawing from photographs is beneficial, it doesn’t compare when you draw from life.

If you want to take your drawing to the next level, drawing from observation is a great thing to do.

Create Dynamic Tonal Values

When beginners start drawing (this is something which I fell into), they seem to create drawings which are one tone.

Here’s one of my drawings which I’ve adjusted in Photoshop to show you;

Drawing Tips

As you can tell, the drawing on the left is boring, doesn’t have a lot of contrast, and lacks value.

However, the drawing on the right (which it the original), has value, is packed full of different contrasts, and is much more appealing.

This is what you need to have in mind when drawing.

In order to create an image which is realistic and true to life, you need to have a variety of pencils at your disposal.

Using 6H – 5B pencils will help you achieve this, and give you the confidence to create dark areas within your drawing, but also offer subtle elements within your drawing too.

Use a variety of tones and values within your drawing to make them more appealing, dramatic and true to life.

Draw And Sketch Everyday!

Like anything worth doing, practise really does make perfect.

If you want to be the ultimate graphic designer, a professional illustrator, to becoming a fine artist, being good at drawing can take you a long way, and make you unique.

Not only can drawing help you communicate your idea’s and concept’s, your style can also grow and evolve over time too.

This is especially important if you want to become an aspiring illustrator, as your style allows you to differentiate yourself from the competition.

After some time, you can see yourself improving, and your own voice comes through, which is so important within any creative discipline.

PRO TIP – Invest In Good Quality Pencils

In order for you to follow these tips, you need to be able to draw with the best pencils out there.

This isn’t to say you purchase expensive pencils, but you need to have a large variety of pencil grades.

I suggest you purchase a pencil set which has at least 10 different pencil grades in there, especially 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, and 3B.

All good pencil sets have at least 10 different pencil values, so it doesn’t matter too much if you go for a cheaper option, just make sure these pencil grades are in there!

How Have You Improved Your Drawing Skill?

If you only take one tip away from this blog post, be sure to take this point away – practise!

You can only get better at something if you practise on a regular basis, and make it part of your routine.

If you’re an absolute beginner, don’t get disheartened if you’re not getting anywhere, you will get better, and in contrast, if you’re an expert, then use these tips to enhance your skill even more.

Dedicate yourself to learn, and it will drastically improve your creativity, and help you create mind blowing artwork!

How have you improve your drawing?

Is there anything which I’ve missed in this blog post?

How has drawing helped your creativity?

Comments are more than welcome!

Summary Of Points

  • Draw From Observation – in order for you to learn how to draw, you need to be able to draw form observation. Drawing form observation trains your eye to draw what you’re looking at
  • Creating Dynamic Tonal Values – don’t just draw your subject with one tonal value, draw light areas, mid tones, and create dark areas so you can create a dramatic and appealing image
  • Draw And Sketch Everyday – Practise makes perfect, and drawing is no exception. If you dedicate yourself to learning this skill, it will also improve your creativity too!
  • Have fun with your drawing, and make sure you keep your previous sketchbooks, so you can see how far you’ve progressed!

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About the author - HKJS


I'm an Illustrator, Designer & Animator from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and have been illustrating for a number of years. I have a wealth of experience within editorial, maps, posters and book covers. Having a firm interest in the creative industry and everything that revolves around it, I want to share what I've learnt to you. From this, I have a keen passion for t-shirt design and how illustration can become a part of something you wear.

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