5 Tips to Help You Improve Your Drawing

Many people would like to draw. Some people have natural talent and others don’t. However, I once heard an art teacher say that it doesn’t matter how much talent you have, if you really want to draw, you should practice and keep practicing. You may never be famous for your drawing, but it offers so much more than just a picture. For many, it is like therapy. If you would like to improve your drawing, try these tips.

Practice, practice, practice. Yes, it’s true. Practice makes perfect. If you don’t draw and keep drawing to improve, you will never get better. Even if you keep drawing the same thing until it starts to look better.

Copy the masters. No, it’s not illegal unless you try to sell it as an original. So, please don’t. However, you can learn a lot from trying to copy a Da Vinci or a Michelangelo. By trying to copy their works of art, you will learn a lot about how they mixed colors, how they used brush strokes, etc.

Learn from others. Study other people’s drawings. Look at their use of line, color, composition, etc. If you can learn from observing, you will get very far. Try out some of the things you see and find out what works and what you feel is natural.

Draw from pictures. Use photographs or pictures in a magazine to practice. It is a lot easier for some of us to draw something that is already two-dimensional. Once you get better at that, you can try drawing real-life things.

Draw things around you. Start drawing your pets or your family or your furniture. Try drawing your cup of coffee or your dinner. Try drawing your hands and feet. Hands and feet are some of the most difficult things to draw, so if you can get them right, you can draw almost anything.

Lastly, take a drawing class at your community center or local art school. You need to make drawing part of your everyday life otherwise you will never improve. Enjoy your drawing.