You are a beginner, or a former student whose fate has drifted away from the good old art school days. Or maybe none of the above ! Either way, you feel like can’t exploit your potential to its fullest. Let me give you a hand to get started in your drawing practice.
1. Practice drawing everyday.
Habits settle in about a couple months and regularity helps polishing your skills. Drawing practice is a long-distance run. Forcing yourself to do it everyday, even for just a bit, will mecanically help you improving. Take baby steps.
2. Go small.
Your skills are all rusty, and trying to go too fast might be disappointing, or daunting – or even both, making up for a nice combo.
Small size drawings mean quicker execution than big pieces, allowing you to practice more often. Moreover, drawing on a lower scale helps avoiding daunting projects and will be more rewarding on the short run.
3. Buy convenient, good quality supplies, but don’t go too fancy.
Cheap, shabby material will make your progression more difficult, and will yield poor results. Rather than wasting your time with it, get good value for your money.
On the other end of the scale, you won’t dare using pricey tools and paper ; you can’t improve if you don’t practice ! Save these for a later stage, or reward yourself with them upon reaching a personal milestone.
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4. Bring your material on the go.
This is a direct follow-up to the “go small” point, as it will force you to draw quicker, and will go smoother with smaller formats.
Also, going out of your cosy art spot back home will bring unexpected spontaneity into your practice.
Instead of checking your phone – for instance while commuting -, draw. I can only understand that people with a very busy lifestyle – kids, long working hours, regular workouts – do not have the time, nor the energy to sit at their desk at the end of the day. Make use of the small interruptions and turn them into something productive. Bonus point : you will get a sense of accomplishment.
5. Do not give up just yet.
Do not care about the quality of what you draw – at least, not yet. You need to get comfortable with your gestures, and well-acquainted with your supplies.
You may inspire yourself with other artists works, however, by no means compare yourself with them. Focus on your own efforts and don’t be discouraged by all the fantastic contents out there.
Be patient. As stated above, the habit of drawing itself can take up to months to settle ; results may take even longer to show up, but they will.
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I hope these small advices were relevant to you. Have you other tips for recurrent drawing practice ? Make sure to share them with us in the comments !