Want to get better at drawing?

So there are those of you out there reading this blog who draw…and you want to get better at drawing.  Who doesn’t?  The one piece of advice I can give you is a very simple one – DRAW!  DRAW!  DRAW! The best way to practice is to pick up your pencil and draw.  Draw as much as you can.  The best thing to draw is to draw from life.  If it holds still, sketch it.  If you need to find subjects to draw, you don’t have to look very hard.

Hand Number 1

Hand No. 1, Graphite on paper

See?  To draw this, I didn’t have to go very far.  I just had to look at my very hand! One of the best things you can do is to sign up for a drawing class, especially a life drawing class where you’ll draw a clothed, nude, or semi-nude model.  So where do you find drawing classes?  Ask around!  Adult education centers and community colleges usually offer them.  You don’t have to enroll full-time.  These places will have often have evening and weekend classes available.

Hmm…but what if some of you can’t afford classes or even drawing books?  Well, you have the Internet!  Out here, there are websites, blogs, and videos that can teach you the basics of drawing.

Why not check out YouTube?  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of instructional videos that show you how to draw, how to sketch in pencil, how to use pen and ink, how to draw a car, etc.  Here’s a sample of one.

This video on drawing manga style females is NOT my work – it was the video of artist Mark Crilley, who’s known for his comics series Miki Falls.  If you look elsewhere on YouTube, you’ll find a bunch more instructional videos of his.

I repeat, the best way to learn is to draw, draw, and draw.  No instructor, no school, and no book alone can teach you.  In the end, it all comes down to you.  You must have passion and will.  It’s like Doc Emmett Brown said in the Back to the Future movies – if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

One Response to “Want to get better at drawing?”

  1. Houseboat « The Art of Max West Says:

    […] drawings on a regular basis can help improve your drawing skills ALOT.  After all, I did say in another post that practice makes […]

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