Artwork and Book Reviews!

Hello! I hope you are having a beautiful day. I wanted to share with you some of the tips I have picked up over the years that have helped me dramatically improve my art work.

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1. Draw Bigger
One thing I tend to notice is that many beginners draw VERY small! This makes it very difficult to draw in details or if you make a mistake. Be bold! Don’t be afraid to take up the entire piece of paper with your drawing.

2. Plan your Composition
It is great to get into the habit of planning out how you want your drawing to look before you get started. You can do this by creating little thumbnails and playing around with what arrangement looks the best.

3. Use a 2H or 4H Pencil
If you tend to press down a lot while you are drawing and find it hard to erase away your outlines, I would highly recommend using a 2H or H4 pencil. There lead is lighter than a regular number 2 pencil.

4. Study them Curves!
What helped me improve my art when I was younger was that I thought of objects/ forms as organic lines. Study the object you are drawing and mimic the curves and contours you see.

5. It’s Okay to Guess!
I think many people are under the impression that when you are drawing, you have to get it right the first time. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If you are drawing a face, you don’t have to get the placement perfect with your line drawing. It is perfectly okay to guess and move things around as you go.

6. Refine your edges, not define your edges
This is another thing I notice that people who are starting to learn how to draw tend to do. Try to avoid creating stark outlines around the objects/subjects within your drawing. In some art styles, this is completely fine & fits with the style. However, if you want your drawing to looks realistic I would avoid creating noticeable outlines around your figures.

7. Create a variety of Strokes
You can add so much interest to a drawing by adding varied line strokes.

Hope these simple tips come in handy! -Happy drawing!

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