One hobby that I have really been enjoying for the past year or is drawing/sketching. Personally, I like to sketch out intricate designs that could be used as tattoos, as well as fashion templates for clothing I would like to create in the future. In this article, I am going to share with you some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned about how to create quality artwork.
1. Get Yourself Some Supplies
In order to draw or sketch, you will need the proper supplies. That doesn’t mean that you need to spend a lot of money, however. I’ve purchased charcoal pencils, fancy colored pencils, and inking pens designed for creating artwork. And while these are pretty awesome, I honestly prefer to use regular ink pens (Fine or Ultra Fine), Crayola colored pencils, and a 0.7 mechanical pencil. This may not work for everyone. Play around with different supplies to see what you like, but by no means feel that you have to buy a ton of items to get started.
One item you will need is paper to draw on. I recommend getting a sketchbook if you feel that you will be drawing regularly. This will help you to keep your drawings in one organized place, and the paper found in most sketchbooks is nicer to doodle on than printer paper. You will find one of two kinds of paper – acid, and acid-free. Acid paper tends to feel more smooth and may be a brighter shade of white. Acid-free paper is more textured and off-white. I have both kinds of paper in my supply, and I have to say I prefer to use acid-free. I find that it is easier to be rid of erase marks using acid-free paper, and inking is much less difficult.
2. Look For Inspiration
You can’t make quality artwork unless you have something to inspire you! You can look for something around your house to draw, doodle from memory, or even look online for sketching inspiration. One thing to keep in mind, though, is if you view someone else’s artwork, be sure not to copy it. Just use it as a reference. It’s important to keep your artwork your own.
3. Practice Often
This may go without saying, but if you want to get good at creating artwork, you will need to practice at it regularly. I recommend drawing and sketching every day, even if it’s only for a small amount of time. As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect, and this is definitely true! If you want to progress and make quality images, practice often.
4. Don’t Be a Perfectionist
This one may be a little hard to stick to. I still have problems with it. There are times when I really want to draw something out, but as soon as I sit down in front of my sketchbook I feel like I can’t get started because I don’t want to make any mistakes. This feeling is obviously counterproductive. It’s important to realize that when you are drawing, especially at first, your images won’t be perfect. Focus on frequent drawing, and seeing where you can improve after each one is finished. And don’t forget to have fun!
One thing that has helped me is to have a sketchbook that is designated for practice. That means I know that the image doesn’t need to be perfect, and I can relax and have fun with my art rather than trying to make the image flawless. Perhaps this can work for you as well.
So if you are ready to start creating quality artwork, use these tips to be able to achieve that goal. You’ll highly enjoy a new hobby, and maybe even be able to make some money with it! If there are any tips you know of to help people draw and sketch well, please share them in the comments below.
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