10 Ways To Improve Your Art

Lelia Edmonson, Staff Writer

1. Use reference

Using reference always helps!

A reference could be anything from something someone else drew to an apple you get at lunch! (Tip: Pinterest helps a LOT with finding reference)

2.  Study anatomy

You can study anatomy on your own or in a class at school. Studying anatomy helps with getting proportions and spacing right.

3. Start small

Start with small things like eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and hair. Starting with those will drastically improve things when you start putting faces together and then moving onto bodies.

4. Look at people

Looking at people can help a LOT. By looking at people you can work on perspective, shading, and proportions!

5. Practice

As the well known phrase goes, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Try to take at least thirty minutes out of your day to practice drawing. It can be just a single eye to an entire person, that is up to you.

6. Start with traditional

Traditional art is created with a pencil and paper. As a beginner, it is recommended to start with traditional and work up to digital.

7. Look up tutorial pictures and videos

YouTube is a great place to find art tutorials. Watch a few of those and maybe try some of the techniques they used. You never know, you could end up liking them and using them more often.

8. Start with tracing

Tracing is an amazing way to start before actually drawing on your own. Take pictures of characters from anything and try to trace them.

9. Try to express yourself in your art

Expressing yourself is a great way to make anything better. Once you get basics drawing down, try to develop your own style by putting little bits of your personality into your art.

10. Have fun!

Having fun is a basic principle for everything. Don’t think of art as a chore, think of it as something enjoyable and you’ll be sure to get better!