Whenever we see the drawings of other people whose capacities are more developed than ours, we tend to think that perhaps drawing is not our thing and that we must give up.
But what would you think if we told you that there are simple ways to improve your drawings’ quality?
The most popular saying that would apply perfectly to this situation would be: “practice makes perfect.”
Learning to draw as a professional has only to do with reinforcing what has already been learned.
In this sense, here are some of the tips that must be taken into account when making our drawings to obtain impressive results.
Draw like a professional: How we can improve our drawings
There is no magic formula for success.
For that reason, we are going to highlight what is truly important when making a drawing. Are you ready to find out what it is about? Keep reading!
To achieve professional finishes, we must take into account:
We can draw for fun with tools we have at home.
But achieving a professional finish is something that requires techniques and, above all, appropriate materials, including pencils, erasers, appropriate paper, and any other tool based on what we want to achieve.
Pencils usually range from the lightest to the darkest, depending on their composition, graphite, and clay. Commonly, we use pencils ranging from 6B (soft and light) to 9H (very dark).
As for the types of erasers, there are two types: the first is the hard rubber that allows us to eliminate unwanted lines more quickly, and the other is the soft rubber, which allows us to erase and blur to create better finishes.
It may seem unnecessary to mention something like inspiration, but it is a fact that drawing without motivation creates difficulties when capturing our ideas.
That is why it is ideal to do it when we feel that it becomes ‘a need’.
The lack of inspiration makes us capture incongruous ideas that usually generate stress and tension because they have nothing to do with what we imagined or wanted for our drawings.
For that reason, we must have a clear idea before starting to draw.
An additional piece of advice would be to start by capturing what we see. That helps us not to have flaws.
On the other hand, increasing our creativity and inspiration through reading is usually a very practical method to draw better.
Tips to optimize our drawing technique.
1- Go from the simple to the complex
We cannot think that we will be professional artists in the blink of an eye.
We must start from the basics, and we must practice every day.
As we mentioned earlier, practice makes perfect.
Learning to draw takes time, and doing it like a professional requires dedication and, above all, daily work.
We must dedicate at least one hour a day to drawing and practicing the techniques.
Ideally, in that daily hour, we must try to learn everything we can about the fundamental techniques of drawing, including lines, shading, application of light, and even human anatomy.
The latter is really important when drawing faces and bodies.
2- Make use of visual materials
We already mentioned it! Reading can help improve our drawing.
There have always been books alluding to drawing, art, and the different techniques we can implement.
In addition to that, we have tutorials or videos that show step-by-step of different methods implemented by each artist.
The tutorials’ benefit is that, through videos, we can see a step-by-step on how to do something beyond the simple sequential theory of drawing and painting books or guides.
We can choose an artist of our liking on YouTube and make the most out of their tips and advice!
3- Improve our lines
We can define a “line” as a succession of points.
In this way, a drawing is nothing more than a set of lines and shapes.
For that reason, we must improve the way we draw the lines. And remember that you should also spend time practicing how to draw the lines if you want to get better results!
It may sound very basic and unnecessary, but taking a sheet of paper and at least practicing drawing the lines until they come out neater and straighter goes a long way.
4- Application of shading
One way to add a realistic effect to our drawings is by applying light or shadow. This will allow us to generate depth and volume that will make the drawings more realistic.
But you have to know how to recognize how and where we should apply the shading.
The correct shading application depends on the location of our object concerning the flow of light. If there is a lot of light, the shadow has to be bigger and denser. But if there is little light, the shadow becomes long and lighter.
When we apply shadow to drawings using crayons or paint, it is usually the same.
However, in these cases, the shadows are generated by using darker color hues.
Knowing this makes it easier for us to go from a cartoonish look to a real one.
5- Insistence, persistence, and self-criticism.
Throughout all our tips, we have said the key to improving our drawings lies in practice and dedication.
The time we dedicate to the practice and the material and techniques we use are key factors in determining the final result of the drawing.
To think that we will draw like professionals on the first try is a mistake and giving up is even worse.
It is not about getting involved but about improving through practice.
It happens very often that we capture an idea and settle for the fact that we have achieved it.
The latter is not bad, but we must be critical and think about whether it is truly excellent or average work.
If it is the second option, we must concentrate on improving it. Being our own critics helps a lot.
It is not about dissatisfaction but rather a process of constant improvement.
Let’s enjoy the process. If it is something that truly gives us pleasure, it should not represent an obstacle for us but rather a daily challenge to achieve.