How to Get Better at Drawing: 10 Things that Worked… (20 minutes)

  • Post published:February 5, 2017
  • Post category:Visual Art

…by markcrilley (YouTube):

  1. Draw regularly: Every day, if you can.
  2. Drawing from life is ideal. Drawing with the assistance of photo reference is common among professionals. Very few artists can draw anything they want to, flawlessly, entirely from memory.
  3. Do studies (careful copies) of drawings you admire, to unlock the secrets of how those drawings were made.
  4. Try looking at the thing you’re drawing as an abstract arrangement of shapes, composed of lines at various angles.
  5. Pay attention to the level of contrast in your drawings: darks vs. lights.
  6. Get your art supplies at a real art store. Experiment until you find the pencils, paper, etc that suit you.
  7. Learn the three different systems of perspective: 1-point, 2-point, and 3-point.
  8. Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone and draw in different styles.
  9. Don’t expect progress to occur in a matter of weeks, or even months.
  10. If comparing your art to that of other people is bringing you down, then stop doing it. Your work doesn’t need to win contests, impress people, or be “conventionally beautiful.”