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Painting Tips, Issue #007 -- Improve Your Drawing Skills
July 31, 2008

How to Improve Your Drawing Skills

Drawing can be hard, well, it is for most people initially anyway, but who knows, maybe you'll be the next graphic icon! So let's find out.

  1. Start by practicing shapes and shading them.
    Try using different tools i.e. pencils and pens. Keep doing this at any spare moment or while chatting on the phone....
  2. Progress to simple designs.
    Draw plants or something inanimate that you see lying around on a table. Remember it's only pen and paper if it doesn't look good - erase it, but do try to finish what you started and make changes to it later.
  3. Next draw a more explicit picture. Something more alive with expression and eyes, animal or human. Start by looking at a photo it's easier, and choose something not too detailed like a fish, a bird or something that isn't moving or hairy.
  4. Then, graduate to more complex designs. Make the simple animals drawings more detailed ones. Take your time when drawing details as rushed details don't look effective.
  5. Don't compare your drawings to a famous artist's, remember that they are professionals and have been practicing their whole life.
  6. Be confident about your drawing skills. Encourage yourself to draw and praise yourself to keep practicing until you get it right. Practice does make perfect!
  7. Finally - Try different paper types and textures as pencil on Bristol board has a different look and feel than pencil on cotton fiber paper so find a surface that you like to draw on.


Never give up drawing as long as you truly enjoy it as a hobby. If your drawing didn't turn out brill don't get despondent just keep practicing until your hand drops off!
AND remember - One persons meat is another man's poison - Look at Picasso's diverse art, Do we all like ALL of his stuff? I don't think so!

Drawing is for FUN.

And a good place to draw is on a painting holiday where you have a tutor on tap to help you sort out the basics and to encourage you, especially in your early days. Plus you feel invigorated and inspired when in the company of other artists.

Please pass me around!
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