Practices To Increase Your Drawing Skills

By: R. Schmidt


Once you learn to draw, soon you realize: a big part of this art is just craftsmanship and technique. Once you're expert in the basic techniques, your creativeness can rely on these basics. This gives you more freedom for developing your drawing skills and imagination rather than concentrating on employing the basic techniques properly.
Therefore it's a good thought to exercise these basic drawing techniques on a regular basis. Especially when you're starting to learn to draw, a lot of practice of these basic techniques will quicken your drawing success.

Learn Drawing Hatchings and Crosshatchings

Hatching means to draw many parallel running lines approximately. Other than in normal shadings the lines are not allowed to touch one another! Though there is still a small blank space 'tween the lines they build an region apparently shaded strongly.

Cross-hatching goes one step further. When you are doing cross-hatching you cover one group of hatchings with another group orthogonal to the first one. This way cross hatchings get a lot denser and stronger than (single) hatchings.
Drawing hatchings requires preciseness. So exercising hatchings is also a great chance to exercise your draftsmanship preciseness. First commence to fill blank pieces of paper with hatchings and cross-hatchings without a concrete depicted object in mind.
Once you've acquired some technique, you should try first simple subjects. Choose such sceneries that consist of plenty of shadow. Seek to reproduce this scene not using outlines. Instead trust completely on translating the shadows and dark areas into hatchings. Let the hatchings' alignment follow the objects you are depicting. For drawing blacker areas and shadows lay the lines of your hatching closer together or use cross hatching.

Learn to Draw Shadings

Drawing shadings is more usual than hatching. It is more intuitive and requires lower experience. When drawing shadings you merely fill areas of your drawing with your pencil. By varying your pencil's softness, the force you apply and the number of layers of shadings you create you control the tones you produce.
Similar as when creating hatchings you'll draw shadings by creating lots of lines. This time you draw them so dense to each other they intersection and merge completely. Shadings made out of lines still have a alignment ( although not as strong as in hatchings). So pay attention to align your shadings' alignment with the shapes of the objects you're drawing. To make the shading more dense you can apply the same methods as when creating cross hatching.
A different way for drawing shadings involves drawing lots of very small scribbles or circles close together so they merge and blend. Shadings made this way are extremely smooth and lack a hidden direction. The advantage: you don't have to keep an eye on the shading's visible direction.
Ideally you start exercising shadings right now. Take some pieces of paper, outline some bare forms like rectangles and start to fill them with shadings. Seek to make them as smooth as possible and use all the different techniques explicated before.
Again once you've achieved decent experience, try to begin employing the methods learned on real-world sceneries.

Use Different viewpoints and perspectives

Besides creating shadings and hatchings the most crucial technique you have to acquire while commencing to learn drawing, is a sound apprehension of perspective.
There are some rules that can help you in constructing perspectively correct drafts. But first it's necessary you exercise your eye to acknowledge common forms and structures.
Choose easy subjects largely containing of unbent lines and not too much arcs. Then depict these subjects by drawing exclusively the outline. This way you are able to concentrate on interpreting dimensions and perspective. But do not stop here, repeat this practice by drawing exactly the same scenery over and over again from different viewpoints.
You'll see with each repetition you'll apprehend the scene better and your ability to understand and depict the dimensions of any subject will improve outstandingly.

What Next?

These three practices are the most important while learning to draw. There are further common methods and formulas you might want to learn. You can learn your drawing skills on your own - just get and draw life subjects. Begin with simple ones and increase the degree of difficultness as you make progress.

Additionally you could learn drawing employing exercises planned and proved to ensure ideal advancements for your drawing abilities.

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This is another part of the six part series on how to learn drawing and drawing. Read the upcoming part to learn how to draw fast . Here you can also get free tutorials for learning to draw.

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