Set rules for yourself.
Limitations can help you develop your skills. For example, as you fill your sketchbook, start with a limited color palette to avoid getting distracted by all the possibilities. “Picking a color that I love and picking two more colors that look nice with it really improved my color sense,” says Stanton. He adds that you shouldn’t bind yourself to such a rule for too long. When it doesn’t serve you anymore, start to break it.
Follow your passion.
Drawing is fun if you’re excited about what you’re drawing. If you’re interested in fruit, draw a still life of fruit in a bowl. If you’re interested in spaceships or cartoon characters, draw those. “Really pay attention to how they’re drawn,” says Elliott. “If you’re drawing from someone else’s drawing, focus on how they build their lines. If you’re drawing from real life, pay close attention to the objects and the space around them.”
For larger compositions, make a grid.
If you want to recreate a photo or draw a picture with several different elements, gridlines can help you figure out where everything belongs. “If you have a photo or illustration that’s broken down into quadrants, you can start with one little section and get that section done first and then move on to the next one. Just make sure that you are still connecting it to the previous section so they still relate to one another,” says Elliott.
Practice with these easy drawing ideas.
Get practical advice from professional artists and follow these simple step-by-step guides. After you’ve had some practice, combine a few into a single picture.
How to draw a bird: Because birds come in all shapes, colors, and sizes, start with reference photos of the type you want to draw. Then draw the basic shapes that make up the bird: an oval or teardrop shape for the body, a circle for the head, a triangle for the beak, and maybe a thin rectangle for the tailfeathers. Don’t forget the feet if the bird is perched on something. Then it’s just a matter of adding layers of detail and using lines to suggest feathers. To add color, try using the watercolor brushes in Adobe Fresco.
How to draw a dog: There are many different breeds, and many variations within breeds, so study reference photos closely. Whether you’re drawing a cute dog or a fierce one, the first steps are the same: Get a sense of the shapes of all the different body parts, and then try to capture those and their relationships to one another. Pay attention to the eyes, where much of a dog’s personality lies.