5 Exercises to Get Better at Drawing

How is it going with your drawings? Do you like your result or do you think you could do with some improvements. To be honest, I’m convinced that nobody is perfect and we should all have the constant aim to improve our skills frequently regardless of our current skill level. If you are new to drawing or you did it just randomly and now you want to improve rapidly this video may help you.

I prepared five exercises for you which I recommend you doing in a row like this. I start with the basics and increase the level of ambition. Let’s dive right into it.

Train your lines.

Start with this exercise to loosen your hand and to get a feeling for the pen. Draw a lines from different angles. Change the pressure on your pen draw circles and smaller circles inside without touching the other lines. This exercise helps you to lead your pen and to loosen your hand for the following exercises.

Copy art that you like.

Choose some drawings of your favorite artist and copy them by doing this. You automatically study the style and comprehend decisions the artist made to achieve specific effects.

Draw it again.

Choose a picture or an object and draw it. Give yourself 10 minutes for it. Then draw it again but this time give yourself just 5 minutes for it. Then draw it again and give your just three minutes for it. Guess what. It goes on like this give yourself just two and then just one minute for the next drawing. This exercise is strong it helps you to stop thinking about what you’re doing and focus more on what you see.

You will start to see more the important forms instead of losing yourself on unnecessary details with each drawing your lines will get more loose and more lively.

Drawing from memory

Choose a picture or an object. Closely edits, study its forms, its shapes, the lights, the shadows and material and then turn away from it try to draw it from your imagination. When you’re done with your drawing you can turn back and compare your work with the actual model. This exercise trains your observation skills and your visual memory.

Life drawing

Prepare a still set up and try to draw it as realistically as possible. If you’re more into drawing people try someone to get to model for you or attempt some life drawing sessions. If your focus to somewhere else for example in street scenes, architecture or vehicles, then draw that.

With this exercise you train your observation and it helps you to learn how to represent 3D objects in 2D. Your homework try to do these exercises two or three times a week and do all five of them in a row.

You cannot do them often enough, actually and it shouldn’t get too boring because you can always change your subject. You will see to a certain time there’ll be huge improvements in your result. Question of the day what’s the biggest problem for you when it comes to drawing.