drawing tips

#113 - I Can Not Draw Hands-Cars-Feet

If you think you can’t draw hands, cars, or feet, that is just a story you tell yourself. You can learn to draw them. It just requires you focusing on it, practicing, trying, figuring out what is going wrong, really paying attention, trying to fix it, and doing that repeatedly in small iterations. That is how you improve skills, how you train your brain to become better at things.

#112 - What You Feel While Drawing (3): Stoicism

Because I already know how you feel. You see all the mistakes, and you feel your drawing sucks.

#111 - What You Feel While Drawing (2): Background Sounds

This article will discuss background sounds and how they can be beneficial or detrimental.

#110 - What You Feel While Drawing (1): Silence

For your next drawing, work hard to shut down the voice in your head. No words.

#109 - The Five Stages Of Skill (And What It Means For Artists)

You enthusiastically lunge off in the wrong direction.

#108 - Record Yourself

I’d go back into the drawing and fix things, take a new photo and post it.

#107 - STARE At Your Favorite Artist

Eventually, I realized that made them much better at drawing! They could see the art on the others’ boards and be challenged to do as good or better.

#106 - Book Review: The Talent Code

Reading the book was a life-changing experience for me.

#105 - Should Artists Keep Deadlines?

Creating without deadlines, just tinkering is fun! But you often don’t end up with finished pieces. You might drop something to work on something else, for example. But it’s more fun.

#104 - Draw With A Thick Pencil (First)

This helps me solve and fix problems early: get proportions and expressiveness right.

#103 - Make It Easy To Start Drawing

If you have some pending tasks that are easy to do when drawing, consider leaving them for tomorrow because this makes it easier for you to start drawing again tomorrow.

#102 - Fix Other People's Mistakes

We all make different mistakes. This is true for drawing, too. You can spot mistakes in someone else's drawing, and the other can spot them in yours.

#101 - Draw The Same Thing Over And Over Again

Musicians rehearse by playing the same thing over and over again, listening to what is wrong, devising a plan to fix it, and improving with each iteration.

#100 - Trees And Female Faces

The face of a woman, a child. Hands. The expression of a mouth. These are relatively hard to draw because we know what they are supposed to look like because we see them so often. We have to get the details right up to fractions of millimeters, or else it will look wrong.

#99 - These Common Wisdoms Are Not True!

You often hear about the ten thousand hour rule: you have to do something for ten thousand hours to become good at it.

#98 - The Fun In Sketchbook Pages

I find sketchbook pages gorgeous. I love pouring over sketchbook pages by other artists.

#97 - Stay NEAR Your Comfort Zone

The trick is to stay near your comfort zone, to try something that is only slightly different from what you usually do so that you stretch yourself but are still happy with the result.

#96 - Drawing Portraits With Online Reference

There are great resources online to look for; faces that are tremendous to practice drawing from.

#95 - Collaborate With Your Child

One thing you can do is create art together with your child. It’s special to do something together. Let them finish your drawings; you’ll love how it comes out.

#94 - Drawing Is Not Writing

When we learn to write, we learn to hold our pen near the tip as it gives us precise control.

#93 - All-Ages Appropriate Pose Reference

Jookpubstock is a website with all-ages-appropriate pose reference images you can practice drawing from.

#92 - The Advantage You Have Over Rembrandt

When Rembrandt apprenticed, he learned to draw by copying illustrations his master had in his possession.

#91 - Free Online Drawing Class

Doing model drawing classes regularly is crucial for any artist. An important reason to keep doing it is to remind yourself how different we all look. You develop mannerisms if you don’t draw from a model for a while. You draw every figure with the same nose, the same hands, et cetera. Drawing from changing live models reminds you how different we all are.

#90 - Studying Heinrich Kley

Marshall Vandruff had two online courses on what we can learn from the Heinrich Kley illustrations, and you can learn a lot from these courses and Heinrich Kley!
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