Your study and practice might be something you do alone, but don’t hesitate to seek out insight and inspiration via Behance and the Adobe YouTube channel — featuring advice from artist Rob-zilla and many others. While the practical application of drawing skills is essential, absorbing the work of others can be informative and help fuel your imagination.
Other tips to improve your sketching and drawing.
There’s no avoiding it: learning to draw well takes practice. Putting in the time to get over the beginner hump can be tough.
“At first, because things don’t always come naturally, it can be discouraging and frustrating,” Bartel says. “But that’s always how it goes when you’re learning something new. So just practice, practice, practice, and don’t give up.”
You can begin simply by getting to know your own drawing.
“Practice, practice, practice, and don’t give up.”
“Try to draw the longest lines you can without assistance — abandon the ruler,” Kindred suggests. “That way you build confidence in what you’re drawing.” Another exercise he suggests is to draw as many lines as possible through a single dot. It’s all about becoming more and more familiar with your work. “Those are exercises that I do to get comfortable making marks,” Kindred says, “Because you’re going to make a lot of them as an artist.”
As with going to the gym, growing these creative muscles can feel repetitious, but that repetition builds on itself. It’s important to go beyond what comes naturally and get out of your comfort zone as well.
“A lot of what people point to with my artwork is faces, but that used to be a thing that I didn't like drawing at all,” Louis says. “I started doing a lot of exercises where I focused on drawing different facial features and different facial expressions. It definitely helped me develop how to draw faces and make it less painful.”
“Do those things that feel fun to you. Do the things that feel right, that feel natural, and always be chasing that feeling.”
And while working to improve in places will round out your skill, remember that practice is a means to an end — and that end is creating drawings and art that you can be proud of. “Do those things that feel fun to you,” Kindred says. “Do the things that feel right, that feel natural, and always be chasing that feeling.”