Hey hey lovelies!
So every now and then I get asked for some tips on drawing and so I thought i’d whip together a little post giving you my top 10 tips when drawing! Please note these aren’t the ‘be all and end all’ tips of drawing! These are some techniques that work for me and have developed over time. You can alter any of these techniques to suit your style or even build upon them! It’s entirely up to you! So here goes!
#1 Invest in a good set of pencils and an even better sharpener!
I use ‘Faber Castell Polychromos’ and LOVE them! Highly recommend. You don’t want any pencil that has a waxy or chalky texture. A big mistake is getting a great set of pencils and then a crap sharpener! It’ll eat away at your pencils until you’re left with a pencil the size of your pinky! (Or smaller! Believe me… they can get smaller!) The sharper the pencil, the more precise the detail. Obvious stuff yeh?
#2 Always have a smudging stump near by!
In year 9, my art teacher told me to NEVER use my fingers when attempting to blend my pencil rendering. At first I was skeptical.. but she was right! When using your fingertip, oils transfer onto your paper and make blending more difficult. It can create stains whereas a stump will even out your colouring and help create a nice coverage. Very inexpensive and come in ALL sizes!!
#3 Use appropriate paper!
Always make sure you’re using adequate paper. Nothing too smooth that doesn’t show any texture.. but nothing too rough that stops you from blending properly. Ask in your local art and craft store about drawing paper. There are plenty of pads around for all styles.
#4 Break things up into shapes!
When you’re drawing from observation, break things up into shapes! Try not to look at things as one big shape, but rather smaller individual ones.
#5 Start with the lightest colour and build!
You can always go darker but it’s harder to go lighter! If you’re working off a photo, find the lightest colour in it.. and start with that. Build depth by adding colours layer by layer ! I find blending each layer also helps.
#6 Use your rubber as a highlighter
Don’t be afraid to rub out sections of your drawing to show the light is hitting it. Drawing a section and rubbing it out completely is sometimes what needs to be done to show depth.
#7 Use your white pencil/pem!
Often the white pencil is underrated! Use it! Adding a layer of white pencil on top of a blended area can help erase the ‘pencil’ look and create a more ‘realistic’ finish to your drawing. It also helps blend colours together! Very useful!
#8 Take pictures of your progress
This one is a bit of a weird one. Not really sure how it works, but it does. Often when you’re staring at your drawing for so long, you can fail to see the flaws in it. Take a pic with your phone and look at the image on your phone. Sometimes seeing your drawing in a different scale helps you see the areas you need to work on.
#9 Have a good balance of sharp and soft lines
The most realistic drawings are always a combination of crisp outlines and soft rendering. Look closely at your reference picture and try to identify what should be crisp and what needs to be blended out a bit more.
#10 Keep practising !
Like anything.. Practise makes almost perfect!! Keep drawing and I guarantee you’ll see improvement!
Hope this helped someone out there..
Lots of love